Climate Minister Eamon Ryan has said that women, LGBT people and other “marginalised” groups suffer more from climate change than other individuals.
The remarks were made by the Green Party leader this week while speaking in the Dáil ahead of the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.
“Ireland’s long-standing support for climate justice and adaptation recognises that women, girls, LGBTQ+ people and other marginalised groups are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis and are more vulnerable to the shocks and stresses associated with current and future climate change,” said Ryan.
The Minister went on to add that Ireland must focus on “climate literacy” and “climate empowerment,” putting “youth participation at the forefront of the process where they belong.”
Ryan also appeared to take a swipe at Taoiseach Micheál Martin in response to a question from People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith.
“The Taoiseach, Deputy Micheál Martin, tweeted tonight that he is so proud and that we have to take responsibility as leaders to drive the necessary transformation,” said Smith.
“He will come back from Egypt and step off the plane and start to argue, as many of the leaders in this House have done, that we need to increase our fossil fuel infrastructure in the current period.
“That will not do anything to help. It will hinder and utterly fail the groups of young people who will stand outside the Dáil on Friday.”
By this, the Deputy was likely referring to the ongoing discussion around a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in Kerry, which some Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil politicians have endorsed in light of the ongoing energy crisis.
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However, the Green Party have repeatedly voiced their vehement opposition to any proposed terminal.
“The Deputy is right,” said Ryan, in response to Smith’s concerns.
“That fear is real and it belongs to every one of every party, age and country. It is the primary challenge we face in this time. It has to guide us towards radical system change to reduce emissions.”