The Environment | An Comhshaol:
We have all been passed this earth we live on and will pass it on again to each new generation. We have a moral responsibility to hand it forwards in at least as good a shape as we received it. Given the effects of global warming, pollution, fumes and toxic biproducts, we need to remedy the damage done as a result of rapid industrial and commercial expansion. We are living in a time of mass species extinction, manmade global warming, and the unprecedented pollution of our oceans - all of which threaten the lives, futures and cultures of people and habitats around the world. Aontú seeks to build a sustainable and environmentally friendly nation while not strangling our small enterprises and traditional skills.
To increase the public transport infrastructure both across the North and on a cross-border basis, to reduce fossil fuel dependency.
Expansion of active travel routes, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, in our cities, towns and rural areas to end competition for road space with cars, vans and heavy articulated trucks.
To launch an all-Ireland retrofitting programme to insulate 500,000 homes across the island of Ireland by 2030.
To launch an all-Ireland climate action plan to meet emissions targets for the island of Ireland by 2050.
To appoint an all-Ireland Minister for the Environment with authority across the island of Ireland, and accountability to both the Dáil and Assembly.
To regulate the increasing numbers of data centres across the island of Ireland to protect our natural resources and ensure sustainable development.
To reduce dependency on fossil fuels from despotic regimes with appalling human rights records and increase energy independence of the island.
To increase the level of microgeneration of electricity.
In a world so focused on Climate Change and a “Race to Zero” how can we allow our areas of outstanding natural beauty be threatened by toxic mining practices? Aontú will fight for the rights of the people to both gain information and to inform planning regarding the future of the land. As stated by UNECE: “environmental threats do not respect national borders.” Aontú encourage and support all citizens in having their say on this potentially toxic and divisive development. Large mining projects should not be imposed on communities against their will. Royalties must not go to London.
North South Interconnector
Aontú will use every political office at our disposal to ensure that the North-South Interconnector is undergrounded. We will ensure passage of the Aontú North-South Interconnector Bill to force the government to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the full cost and damage of over grounding the cables, to ultimately compel the undergrounding of the cables.