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Collins and Dev reunited under the 'green' flag for climate battle

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The Long Fellow (de Valera) and the Big Fellow
(Collins) feature
in Environment Minister John Gormley's ad
campaign against climate change

The Long Fellow (de Valera) and the Big Fellow (Collins) feature in Environment Minister John Gormley's ad campaign against climate change

The Long Fellow (de Valera) and the Big Fellow (Collins) feature in Environment Minister John Gormley's ad campaign against climate change

THEIR falling out was enough to split the country for decades, but now the Long Fellow and the Big Fellow are to be reunited once more in the cause of the green.

Great rivals Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins will be pressed into service as part of the Government's €12m climate change awareness campaign.

A 60-second television climate change ad, commissioned by Environment Minister John Gormley, being broadcast tonight, does not actually depict the impacts of climate change so far, or possible future doomsday scenarios.

Instead it features a range of key figures and historic events since the foundation of the Irish State.

Black and white footage of Dev and Collins at the first Dail, and Irish people emigrating to America fades to colour film of Irish troops in the Lebanon and Irish aid workers in Sudan in the 1980s.

Prosperity

Economic prosperity among the so-called cafe society is also depicted in the ad's closing sequence.

The message is that every Irish generation faces and deals with its own challenges -- ours is climate change and we will be judged by history whether or not we succeed.

The ad, being launched today by Mr Gormley, is part of the Government's ambitious climate change campaign which aims to inform the public about the importance of climate change and mobilise support for emissions reductions.

Mr Gormley will tell today's launch in Dublin's Mansion House that he believes climate change to be the biggest challenge facing humanity and would define this generation.

Ireland, and the rest of the world, would be remembered and judged on how they responded to this challenge.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that climate change has been caused by man-made emissions, and if these emissions continue to grow they will have potentially catastrophic effects throughout the globe by the end of this century.

It will threaten the lives and safety of hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people globally through famine, flood and disease.

Those countries spared the worst direct impacts will face very serious consequences through dealing with the millions of refugees displaced by these events.

Mr Gormley will say that, despite the enormity of the potential scale and impact, action is possible on climate change.

If we are to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we need to ensure that average global temperatures do not rise by more than two degrees on average over the next century, he will say.


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