Thomas Pringle TD

Pringle presents his successful Bill to IPU Conference in Geneva

Thomas at IPU Conference

 

Thomas Pringle TD – Oct. 17th 2018

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Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle has today presented his successful Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to an audience of parliamentarians from around the world at the 139th IPU General Assembly held in Geneva this week.

Deputy Pringle is the sponsor of the Bill which received unanimous cross-party support passing all Dáil stages in July. It was considered ground-breaking in forecasting Ireland to become the first country in the world to divest its public money out of fossil fuel companies. It now awaits final stages in the Seanad and is scheduled to be taken in early November.

Presenting his Bill to the Assembly Deputy Pringle said “it’s time that we as politicians listen and respond to our communities and represent civil society advocating for climate action. We must begin to prioritise people over private sector interests and turn our backs on fossil fuel companies unless they solely commit to the development of renewable energy”.

“However, I doubt the largest contributors to climate change will respond in time for the 2030 deadline in order to remain within the 1.5 degree limit as projected by the recent UN Inter- UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Consider as well that environmental activists around the world are being killed for defending indigenous communities and the environment against aggressive industrial expansion.

“It will be up to the people and their sympathetic representatives to force the necessary changes required – in many respects this means changing the world economy away from an expansion-led agenda and towards a resource-led on which focuses on sustainability.

“The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill could be looked at as a way of the people saying to the fossil fuel companies that we are no longer going to make it profitable for you to destroy our environment.

“It was really through a combination of activism by the communities and civil society, public sector organisations divesting and opposition politicians that made the Government take notice. It is really a story of that nexus that made the bill possible.

“I urge politicians across the world to replicate this process and create healthy links between civil society, institutions and other sympathetic politicians and help the collective take on corporate power” concludes Pringle.

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