Rachal Carson's 'Silent Spring', published in 1962, inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later. It is recognized as the environmental text that changed the world.” and I think the following quote 59 years ago still rings out today.
“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
19 years on from the publication of Rachel's book, Christopher Fettes formed the Green Party here in Ireland, that was 40 years ago. His vision was international, as a global movement began in earnest to correct the path Rachel refers to. For 40 years the Green party has campaigned for this legislation, against climate deniers, naysayers, lobbyists, complacency, fear and lets not forget the populist politicians who stand on the sideline afraid to get on the pitch to make a decision.
The Climate Bill is a response to the scientific consensus on climate change; the threat of irreversible global damage to our environment and to our security. It is a response to the natural disasters we’re seeing globally, the destruction of wildlife and biodiversity. And importantly, it will protect people who are most affected by climate change but are least equipped to adapt to its effects.
Watch my full speech on the Climate Bill 2021 below.