South Dublin County Council has published their draft Climate Change Action Plan and local People Before Profit Cllr Madeleine Johansson has called on the public to make submissions. Climate Change is already impacting on the local community through severe weather events such as flooding, heat waves and snowfall. If urgent action is not taken we will continue to see increases in weather events which will have a significant impact on local residents.

Cllr Madeleine Johansson said: “The plan contains a number of areas with actions to be taken by the council, including to decrease carbon emissions in South Dublin and mitigate the effects of climate change. “The largest contributor to carbon emissions in South Dublin is transport, which contributes 38.9% of emissions. This is a consequence of the lack of good public transport in large parts of South Dublin including the Lucan and Clondalkin area. Local Cllrs have been consistently calling for increased investment in public transport in the area with no response from either the government or the National Transport Authority.

“Now is the time for the public to get informed about climate change and make demands on the council and the government to make substantial changes to the benefit of the planet and ordinary citizens. The public consultation is open until the 25th March. “Young people have already got behind the calls for action and a global strike of school students is organised for the 15th March. Hopefully schools in South Dublin will join the day of action.”