Green Party MEP candidate, Senator Grace O’Sullivan, along with Anne-Marie Fuller, Tralee local election candidate is calling on Kerry County Council, to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency.
Speaking after a national emergency was declared in the Dáil, Senator O’Sullivan said that action must happen at every level.
“It’s a sad day when a national emergency has to be declared, but it reflects the reality of the state we are in. Action must now be taken at every level. Declaring an emergency is step one. Now we need to follow on from that and act accordingly. At a local level Kerry County Council should now declare an emergency, put a Climate and Biodiversity Action Plan in place, and let the people of the Tralee area know that they are taking it seriously.
“The threat of climate breakdown and the global decline of species means this is a time when urgent, concerted efforts are needed to mitigate against further damage and start repairing the damage already done.”
Kerry Greens are supporting the European candidate’s call for action. Anne-Marie Fuller who is running for the Green Party in the Tralee ward, said the people of Tralee deserve to have this issue treated seriously.
“It’s not enough to have a national declaration. Of course we need action nationally, but let’s bring that down to the local level too. Wicklow County Council became the first local authority to declare a biodiversity and climate-change emergency. It’s time for Kerry County Council to follow suit now and to show leadership locally.”