Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has today commended environmental groups on the extensive Programme of Events they have organised around the country for National Biodiversity Week 2019.
Speaking today from Leinster House, Deputy Stanley said:
“This year, more than ever, the general public are gaining greater awareness of the need to protect our habitats and our wildlife. Ordinary people are gaining a deeper understanding of the connection between the environment; and our food, water and energy security. There has been much discussion recently about Climate Change, and it is equally important to understand how the destruction of our habitats and wildlife threatens our own survival.”
Deputy Stanley went on to commend the work of the Environmental NGO’s and the many community groups around the country who have been advocating for greater ecological protection for many years.
“It is fitting that today, on International Day for Biological Diversity that we acknowledge the work of organisations such as The Irish Wildlife Trust and the Irish Environmental Network and commend them on the fantastic programme of over 50 free events that they’ve organised throughout the country over the coming week. It is commendable to see these national organisations working in partnership with local groups and encouraging the participation of young and old in local activities.
“I want to note in particular the work of the Laois-Offaly Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust and Laois Heritage Forum who are leading out on events in Kilminchy, Stradbally, and Lough Boora Park over the coming days. These groups play a very valuable role as custodians of our natural resources, and their expertise will be of particular value over the coming decade as we grapple with the challenges of climate change and sustainable development.
“Sinn Féin shares common ground with other parties on many of the climate and environmental priorities of the recently published Climate Report. I am however of the opinion that the Recommendations are not ambitious enough. Along with my Sinn Féin colleagues, I submitted a number of proposals on biodiversity, highlighting in particular the threat to at-risk species, the importance of hedgerows and the threat to habitats from intensive coniferous afforestation. I intend to press for the implementation of these measures as soon as possible.”
Sinn Féin has also put a motion on the Dáil Order Paper on the climate and ecological state of emergency, which will be debated over the coming months during Private Members time.