Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
By Frances Micklem
at Harmony Hall Think Tank, Kilkenny
Government and County Councils
Self Employed/Small Businesses
100 Actionable Measures
Council and Government Policy
This is versus
NB - A positively spun election message. 'We only need six years to bring Nature back into balance - we know this, we know how to do it and we will do it'
We can extrapolate from this widely accepted, researched and understood transition period of 6 years for a farm to achieve organic status. The same goes for water management, cleaning up the seas etc. It can be used to the hilt to support compliance with new strong policies. People are saying that there will only be 5 or 6 more harvests in the States because of the soil now being inert. Others are asking for zero emissions. There are these different statistics; either frightening home truths or not achievable climate targets. We, though, can deliver on a promise, as the Green Party, that it only takes six years of good practice for our land to recover. It's very viable and will be a widely welcome alternative to being the puppy farming capital, the animal testing capital and the beef and milk producing capitals of Europe, which is how we are currently seen. We can, instead, be the organic capital of Europe. It would make the Bord Bia Green label mean something. At the moment it doesn't mean anything; that a product has any quality at all, in regards fair trade, welfare, chemical content. Instead, it would command a sustainable market value. Like we led the way with banning smoking we could lead the way by banning chemicals. Once we do it, it will seem so obvious to others, the rest of Europe will follow suit.
Corporations, Supermarkets, Companies
If you have to send some companies away as their non compliance to new environmental measures is too bad, we can look at the skill set of staff and offer coaching to re-locate them to environmentally-led organisations. This is called upstairs coaching and there are many people trained in it, to help large swathes of people in companies, who are making them redundant, see what transferable skills and options they have and get their CVs and applications ready and jobs lined up. Many people who might have worked in laboratories and offices will be glad of a period of manual or practical work, to help the environmental effort.