“You don’t have to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued,” said Minister Eamon Ryan.

People around Ireland are being invited to have their say on the future of sustainability and climate action in the country.

Climate Talks 2022 is an initiative launched by the Government today (1 July) that will seek ideas to shape future iterations of the National Climate Action Plan.

In an online questionnaire, people can now give their views on shopping, recycling, food and food waste, home heating, sustainable living, the local environment and the climate crisis.

They can also have their say on how different actions by individuals, communities and government can help Ireland work towards its carbon neutral goals.

‘You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued; we want to hear from as many people as possible’

Environment, Climate and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan, TD, said the Government will need to work with industry and the wider public to achieve a sustainable future.

“That’s why it’s so important that people have their say on how we can all contribute to this ambitious goal, how it will affect their lives in practical ways and how we, as a Government, can to engage, enable and empower people to adapt and understand the opportunities this transition presents,” he added.

“You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued; we want to hear from as many people as possible.”

The Climate Action Plan 2021 outlined a target for Ireland to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 51 per cent by 2030 and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

But based on greenhouse gas emissions projections, the Environmental Protection Agency recently warned that “urgent” action would be needed to meet those targets.

Ryan said these forecasts “underscore the urgency and importance of taking decisive action” and that input from the Climate Conversations initiative would feed into ongoing work on the 2023 Climate Action Plan.

The 2021 Climate Talks saw the Government engage with nearly 4,000 people. But now it is expanding the programme, working with community groups and representative bodies in a bid to reach a wider section of Irish society.

Anyone over the age of 16 can complete the new online questionnaire. People can also check the Government’s Climate Jargon if they have any questions.

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