Farmers will need substantial financial supports on top of their existing supports to assist in the transition to more sustainable practices,
“The Climate Action Bill is expected to create tens of thousands of new ‘green’ jobs” and increase employment in agriculture. However, major investment will be required to realise these ambitions”.
“We cannot underestimate the scale of the challenge for farmers. Farmers and their families will need substantial financial supports to assist them transition to new and more sustainable practices as part of climate mitigation measures proposed by government. This investment needs to be fully funded as part of a just transition package”.
“Just Transition’ is not an optional policy for the Irish government, it is a legally binding obligation resulting from Ireland’s adoption of the Paris Agreement”.
“Farmers know that agriculture and climate change are inextricably linked. Farmers have ambitions too, not just to produce food, but to do so in a sustainable and productive manner. They respect the land and have protected it in a sustainable way for generations. They need to be partners not victims of the Climate Action solution”.
“Under the Just Transition Mechanism, priority must be given to addressing the economic and social costs of climate transition – climate justice,”
Climate justice is an ethical and political issue, rather than one that is purely environmental.