Sunday 24 September 2017

Plan it right, build it better, and watch the Green shoots thrive

Despite the ominous signs of global warming, we have the opportunity and resources to change for the better

'We have abundant renewable energy, water and land resources for the size of our population, so we have everything to gain by going green' Photo: Mark Graham/Bloomberg
'We have abundant renewable energy, water and land resources for the size of our population, so we have everything to gain by going green' Photo: Mark Graham/Bloomberg
Eamon Ryan

Eamon Ryan

Almost five years ago the Green Party lost all our seats in Dail Eireann. The world moved on and we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and got ready to try and come back at the next election in 2016. And back we are, with a team of young volunteers and Green Party candidates standing in every constituency in the upcoming general election. We are on a journey of recovery and we are responding to a growing awareness in the public at large that the world is at a crossroads, that we urgently need to engage in environmental issues on a local, national and global level, and that effective national governance needs to include strong green representation.

For the last five years we have been doing a lot of talking to different people about how we spread this Green message of ours. We have focused on communicating the issue of climate change in particular, and come up with some home truths about what we have been getting wrong. We have been listening to people, asking for them to help rather than telling them what to do. Admitting that we don't know everything but that we will learn as we go along in this great challenge of our time.

We have abundant renewable energy, water and land resources for the size of our population, so we have everything to gain by going green. There is a lot of work to be done and it must start now.

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