Climate Conversations 2022

Closes 9 Sep 2022

Opened 30 Jun 2022

Overview

We can't do this without you!

In Ireland, the 2020 Programme for Government (PfG) committed Ireland to reducing carbon emissions by 51% by 2030 and becoming a carbon neutral country by no later than 2050.

This means that the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere is dramatically reduced and is balanced by the amount removed by our land, forestry, or technology. Becoming a climate resilient society will help us to cope with the impacts of a changing climate.

In 2021 we passed the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, which for the first time sets our goal of becoming a carbon neutral society by 2050 in legislation.

In 2021 we published the Climate Action Plan 2021 which is the roadmap to achieving this.

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For Ireland to make this transition will require government, business, communities, and individuals working together to deliver new and ambitious policies, technological innovations, and systems and infrastructures.

This will also require changes in individual behaviours including how we work, heat our homes, travel, produce our food, consume goods and services, and manage our waste.

Ireland is committed to achieving this future through a just transition, meaning all voices will be heard in a fair and equal manner, and that new opportunities will mean no one is left behind. 

What are the Climate Conversations?

To empower everyone in society to help us co-design the annual Climate Action Plan the Government of Ireland have established the National Dialogue on Climate Action (NDCA). The NDCA has three main aims:

  • To improve climate literacy and an understanding of climate change.
  • To fund, support, and enable active engagement in climate action at all levels.
  • Capture insights from engagement activities and conducting social and behavioural research.

The NDCA is delivered through an annual programme of events centred around our Climate Conversations. 

In 2021 we engaged with over 3,800 people. We found that some people are already making changes, whilst others felt they lack information, knowledge, resources, or capacity. We heard people ask for ‘joined up thinking’ and ‘ambitious policies’ to be reflected ‘where they live’. These findings were published in our Climate Conversations Report.

These insights have directly informed the Climate Action Plan 2021 and the NDCA.

10 minutes of your time can make a huge difference!

This year we are building on what we learnt last year, we are making sure that we engage with people across all of Ireland, particularly those who are affected by our transition to carbon neutrality. Our aim is to make the Climate Action Plan accessible to all.

You are invited to be part of this Climate Conversation 2022 and to share your views on the government's climate action and how it can support you to take climate action in your own life. Your views will support us in developing the 2022 Climate Action Plan.

You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued, we want to hear from as many people as possible and have tried to make the questions as straightforward as possible. If you do have questions, you might find the Climate Jargon Buster useful.

The Climate Conversation is being conducted in line with strict data protection rules, and for this reason is open only to those over 16.

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