By Aoife Kearns, Robert Geoghegan and Mark Donlon
In the context of rapidly melting ice-caps, raging bushfires in Australia, a wild 2019 hurricane season, rising water levels in Venice and a growing rebellion, we at TheCity.ie took to the streets to ask the people of Dublin what they think about climate change and what they are doing to prevent climate inaction.
Each of the past five years has been among the warmest ever recorded according to a recent report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on 26 November 2019.
UNEP set the target of holding temperature rises to 1.5°C by the end of the century, after a decade of growing emissions of 1.5% a year.
According to the UN environment programme’s website: “It’s still possible to keep global warming to well below 2°C, but governments will need to make much bolder commitments to reduce their emissions.”
It also reported that the number of countries announcing net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets for 2050 is increasing, with only a few countries have so far formally submitted long-term strategies to the UNFCCC.
In a recent report, it was found that Ireland missed its greenhouse gas emissions targets for the third year running.