Northern Ireland remains in economic decline with unemployment at a high, and economic activity at a low. So, what issue should concern our wonderful MLA’s? That’s right – signing rugby balls to show their deep lasting commitment to “fighting climate change”!
MLAs have been urged to set targets to tackle climate change. Around 50 campaigners from across Northern Ireland gathered at Stormont last night calling for laws to reduce significantly Northern Ireland’s carbon footprint. By 6pm, 20 MLAs had put their signatures to rugby balls, pledging to support the campaign. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that does not have binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions — yet our household emissions are 39% above the UK average. The event was organised by the the group, Stop Climate Chaos Northern Ireland with the sponsorship of MLAs Anna Lo, John Dallat, and Peter Weir. Stop Climate Chaos has been campaigning for the Assembly to pass legislation that would reduce Northern Ireland’s carbon footprint over the next 40 years. Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said tougher targets need to be set. MLAs were asked to record their commitment to passing a climate change law by signing the rugby balls.
Time for more taxes perhaps? Impose a little more cost on business, in order to save the Planet? It’s so farcical it is beyond belief!