National Declaration of the Taoiseach, COP 27, Sharm el-Sheikh, November 8, 2022
All over the world we are witnessing the reality of a changing climate – record temperatures, wildfires, floods and droughts.
What were once extraordinary events are now happening with increased frequency and intensity.
People in the poorest parts of our planet are being pushed out of regions that can no longer support and feed them.
Climate change fuels conflict, global instability, competition for resources and abject human misery.
If this generation does not act urgently, future generations will not forgive us.
As leaders, it is our responsibility to drive the necessary transformation.
In Ireland, the government has set legally binding emissions reduction targets of 51% by 2030 and committed Ireland to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
We have established sectoral emission caps that limit greenhouse gas emissions for each economic sector.
Achieving these goals will be challenging, so we have put in place a legal framework to guide and underpin our efforts.
The burden of global climate change rests most heavily on those least responsible for our predicament.
Ireland has therefore published an international climate finance roadmap, reaffirming our commitment to supporting the world’s most vulnerable people.
We will more than double our funding to at least €225 million per year by 2025.
Without climate justice, we will not see the change we need.
I am therefore pleased to announce that in 2023 Ireland will contribute €10 million to the Global Shield initiative to protect the most vulnerable from climate loss and damage.
As leaders, we must lead.
Our citizens are becoming increasingly cynical, weary and hopeless unless words are urgently followed by action; when commitments don’t create new realities.
We can already see and feel the world changing around us.
Temperatures in Ireland have been so mild this autumn that trees are putting out new growth before they even shed their leaves.
The situation is urgent but not hopeless.
As the UN report shows, we are bending the emissions curve down.
Last year’s UN projections showed that emissions will continue to rise beyond 2030. However, this year’s analysis shows that they will not increase after this date.
This is progress, but it is far from enough.
Our announced collective commitments would still result in a temperature increase of 2.5 degrees by the end of the century, with devastating consequences for the sustainability of our planet.
We must do more.
Speaking at COP26 last year, I said I don’t think it’s too late; that the transition will be too costly; that it is inevitable that we will leave people behind.
I believe it even more now.
It is realistic that our legacy is a sustainable planet; a living world with an abundance of plant and animal life; with cleaner water and healthier air; with livable cities and sustainable rural communities.
We in Ireland will do everything in our power to achieve this.
This generation of leaders can’t say we didn’t know.
The science is clear.
Every ton of carbon warms the world.
Every delay makes our task a little bit bigger.
Let’s not waste another second.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/in-full-taoiseach-micheal-martins-address-to-world-leaders-summit-at-cop27-42127706.html Full: Address by Taoiseach Micheál Martin before the Summit of Heads of State or Government at Cop27