September 28, 2021

Greta will be delighted: Council signs up to climate change charter

Greta Thunberg will be delighted … Wicklow County Council has signed the Climate Action Charter which commits it to playing its part in tackling climate change.

The charter is an agreement between Minister for Environment, Richard Bruton, Minister for State for Natural Resources Sean Canney and Wicklow County Council.

“I am proud to sign this important charter committing Wicklow County Council to play our part in tackling Climate Change,” Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaiorleach, Wicklow Council,  said.

“We stand ready to lead on climate action and have huge ambition for what the local authority sector can achieve with government support.”

Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, Chairperson of the Climate and Biodiversity Action Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), added: “This Charter gives Wicklow County Council direction and sets ambitious targets for actions to be delivered over the coming years. It will set the tone for a busy work plan for the Council’s newest SPC.”

Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Frank Curran, commented: “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. It requires a serious and urgent response. Wicklow County Council recognises that we have a duty to capitalise on our unique position to lead lasting change for the County”.

The Charter was developed in consultation with the local government sector and commits signatories to a number of objectives to address the climate challenge and advocate for climate action and behavioural change among citizens.

Pictured: firefighters battle gorse fires in Wicklow during 2018’s drought

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