Following the devastation caused around the county and city by Storm Darwin, Green Party County Councillor and Environment Spokesperson, Malcolm Noonan has called on local authorities to develop Local Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies.
“Plans could be drafted in collaboration with local communities to deal with the onset and aftermath of extreme weather events, how to limit damage to property, minimise risk to people’s and animal welfare and most importantly prevent loss of life on a county and regional basis,” he said.
“Only with the benefit of hindsight will we be able to look back many years from now and pin point these recent extremes of weather as being attributed to climate change. However we must take seriously reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and World Bank where predictions of these very weather patterns will become more frequent,” he added.
Our National Climate Change Adaptation Framework identifies a clear role for local authorities to lead actions on reducing emissions that are causing climate change and in adapting our urban and rural communities to adapt to a changing climate.
“In Kilkenny our Development Plan process is almost complete. We should use the new local community development structures following the May Local Elections to begin a planning process around developing measures that would make up a local climate adaptation strategy. It is only through effective collaborative planning using local knowledge and resources that we can meet the climate challenge head on,” he concluded.