Sinn Féin spokesperson on energy, environment and climate change Councillor Sandra Duffy has reiterated Mary Lou McDonald’s call for action on climate change.
Speaking after the historic Ard Fheis at the weekend, she said:
“Climate change is not only a massive issue for the island of Ireland but also the whole world, it is not something that we can solve on our own.
“A recent report publicised by the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal claims that the Ozone layer is thinning and not recovering over highly populated areas. This has the potential to expose billions of people to harmful ultraviolet rays, linked to causing cancer.
“This report shows us that more needs to be done to tackle climate change and I would call for specific targets to be set for the island of Ireland, which are realistic, attainable and worthwhile for tackling climate change.
“Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the global community is climate change. This is no longer a story of floods and catastrophe in faraway lands. Climate change is with us.
“In Derry and across the North West we need to make sure that we are all doing our bit to tackle climate change.
“We need to plan, to act, to set targets and meet targets.