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#Ireland makes history! 1st country in the world to #divest from #fossilfuel!

 

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Ireland became the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels!

We heard over and over again from TDs yesterday, just how important your actions were to keep this issue on their agendas. Well done!

We have been on this journey together for 3 years, and we won! We wanted Ireland to recognise that the use of fossil fuels must be phased out.  We wanted them to stop investing money against our interests, against our environment and against the livelihoods of families and communities Trócaire works with around the world.

Climate change is one of the main drivers of poverty and hunger in developing countries. Yesterday, Ireland took a very important step to turn around its shameful record on climate action. Only last month a report ranked Ireland second last within the EU, for its persistently poor performance on climate action.

TDs mentioned the ‘seismic shift’ which has taken place in the Dáil since this Divestment journey started. Yesterday was a ‘seminal moment’ that sees Ireland taking the lead on the world stage in its decision to move away from fossil fuels.

We wanted Ireland to make this historic decision to divest and for the decision to be the launch pad for greater ambition on climate action, and from what we heard from across the political spectrum yesterday, we achieved that goal!

The Bill must now go through the remaining stages in the Seanad, which we expect will happen fast, as the Bill has the support of all political parties.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for staying with us on this journey, for all your actions, for raising your voice and for being part of making history!

Joanne McGarry
Campaigns Manager – Trócaire
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July 13, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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