Carlow People Before Profit have called a public meeting on Climate Change on Monday 19th of November in the Irishman’s Bar at 7.30pm. The meeting has been called after Carlow experienced some of the worst weather on record and at a time when forecasts don’t seem to be getting any better. Speakers on the night include Local Election Candidate for Carlow, Adrienne Wallace and UCD Sociology Lecturer Kieran Allen.
Adrienne Wallace of People Before Profit said ‘this year alone we have experienced a drought and a blizzard. Extreme weather like this hits the most vulnerable of us the hardest. The elderly are at the most risk and water shortages affect young families particularly hard. Carlow is a rural area so our roads need particular attention during bad weather to ensure rural areas are not left further isolated in times of distress. On top of this we rely on the agricultural sector, the soil cannot cope with such extreme effects.’
‘We need to have a discussion in our communities about how best to prepare for the harsh months but also about what we can do to tackle climate change locally and globally. Locally we will be leading the charge for a Green-Carlow and nationally People Before Profit have brought forward a Climate Emergency Bill which would stop any further exploration of fossil fuels.’
Kieran Allen added, ‘The Paris treaty on Climate Change set a target of limiting global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees. We have already hurtled past 1 degrees. This years budget from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail barely addressed climate change and that is very worrying. The future of towns like Carlow depend on direct and radical action to curb the affects extreme weather is having in our localities.’
This meeting is free entry and child friendly.