Notes from Local Climate Conversation
Clare PPN was chosen by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) to host an online Local Climate Conversation on 15th March. These conversations have been taking place across Ireland as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, to inform the development of the Government’s 2021 Climate Action Plan and also the roll-out of the Climate Action Fund.
Following this conversation our notes were submitted to the DECC. You can read the notes from the Clare PPN-hosted conversation here:
Clare PPN/ Clare Environmental Network Submission to Clare County Development Plan 2022-2028
Our thanks to all the members of our environmental college and of Clare Environmental Network who participated in our consultation on the new Clare County Development Plan for the years 2022- 2028. We have a 24 page submission full of great suggestions and expertise thanks to you all. You can read it at the link below:
Clare PPN CEN Environmental Submission for CDP 2022-2028
‘The Vision for County Clare 2022-2028’
A county that values, protects and restores its unique landscape, environment
and biodiversity, where sustainable livelihoods are prioritised for this and future
generations and where citizens, migrants, ethnic minorities and people of all
abilities, age groups and genders are able to reach their potential in an
atmosphere of support, respect and inclusion, and where Local Government is
open, transparent, accountable and committed to reducing poverty and
marginalisation within the County. Our vision is for a County to be part of and a
County to be proud of
Clare Public Participation Network Submission to Committee on Climate Action 2020
Following a meeting on Monday 2nd November of members of Clare PPN’s Environmental College and Clare Environmental Network the decision was made that Clare PPN would make a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action which has been conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the very important Draft Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020.
Our submission engages with the resourcing of Local Authorities, Public Participation and with the need for Just Transition to be explicitly mandated in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020.
This submission does not cover the other aspects of this Bill and Clare PPN/CEN members may make further submissions on the targets, wording, and ambition of it at a later date.
You can read our submission here : Clare Public Participation Network Submission to Committee on Climate Action 2020
Please find below minutes from Clare PPN’s Plenary Meeting of October 12th 2020.
The attached files detail the preliminary findings of Clare PPN’s Wellbeing Vision Survey which were discussed at this meeting and the individual college discussions on same. All of these will be taken into account in the drafting of Wellbeing Vision Statements for County Clare and its four Municipal Districts. Members have been notified of further opportunities to discuss their vision for their Municipal Districts before drafting begins.
Preliminary Findings of Clare PPN’s Wellbeing Vision Survey: ClarePPN Wellbeing survey_preliminaryOverview
Thanks to all who attended our Plenary Meeting we value your contributions greatly.
Minutes and Notes: Clare PPN Plenary Meeting October 12th 2020 – Online
Sarah Clancy, Sarah Ferrigan, William Hederman, Tracy Watson, Theresa O’Donohoe, Peggy Ryan, Pat Neville, Padraic Hayes, Orla Ni Eili, Oonagh O’Dwyer, Noel Kearney, Monica McKenna, Maureen Rynne. Mary Coffey, Kay Murphy, Jean O’Keefe. Hilary Tonge, Helen Liddy. Emma Karan, Damon Mathew Wise AU, Cornelia Wahli, Colette Bradley, Cillian Griffney, Mary Mather Leahy. Fionnuala Collins, Madeline Mc Aleer.
Apologies: Mary O’Donoghue, Dermot Hayes.
Work report presented
Secretariat Environment College Elections Announced
Ratifications of new representatives as follows:
- Dermot Hayes, Social Inclusion Secretariat Member, proposed by Hilary Tonge, seconded by Cornelia Wahli.
- Kay Murphy Shannon Municipal District Secretariat Member, proposed by Theresa O’Donohoe, seconded by Colette Bradley.
- Monica McKenna Community and Voluntary Secretariat Member, proposed by Maureen Rynne, seconded by Oonagh O’Dwyer.
- Elaine D’Alton, Social Inclusion Secretariat Rep proposed by Padraic Hayes, seconded by Noel Kearney.
- Cornelia Wahli Environment Rep on LCDC proposed by Colette Bradley, seconded by Tracy Watson.
- Dermot Hayes Social Inclusion Rep on LCDC proposed by Martin Vernon, seconded by Orla Ni Eili.
Notice of pre-draft consultation on County Development Plan. Clare PPN to contact all colleges to organise submissions.
Winners announced of Wellbeing Vision Statement Draw as follows our thanks to Mary Howard Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council for selecting the winners.
Fishbowl Youth €500 Donation
Kay Murphy €100 voucher
Bonnie Boyle €100 voucher
Claire O’Meara €100 voucher
Louise Mitchell €100 voucher
Overview of Wellbeing Vision Survey presented and notice given of 8 x Municipal District Zoom Meetings taking place week of 19th – 24th October for further input and discussion.
College Discussion Break Outs on Wellbeing Vision were conducted – notes attached here: Clare PPN College Discussions Clare PPN Plenary
Members Agenda Items:
Proposed by Cornelia Wahli:
As part of our approach to the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis: Clare PPN seeks to work towards ‘An Organic Clare’ and to promote this idea in whatever forums, submissions or other opportunities we are engaged in. As part of this proposal Clare PPN should engage with Clare County Council about the lands under the guardianship of the Local Authority. This proposal was adopted.
Proposed by Cornelia Wahli:
Slim Your Bin Challenge – to Clare PPN itself, to Clare County Council and for promotion to the wider public. This proposal was discussed and Clare PPN staff agreed to take it on as an organisational approach when they return from remote working. The idea was not adopted formally as it however a commitment to come up with ways to promote and encourage this approach through Clare PPN was agreed on.
Proposed by Emma Karan
That Clare PPN undertake to contact councillors and the Local Authority to seek action on industrial waste at Aughnish on the Shannon Estuary. This was proposal was adopted. It was further proposed that Clare PPN should investigate the possibility of making a submission in respect of this to the Marine Spatial Plan process.
Proposed by Theresa O’Donohoe
Clare PPN, and Clare County Council previously adopted positions indicating their opposition to any plans for shale gas extraction commonly known as ‘fracking’ on the Island of Ireland. Clare PPN as part of its policy work on the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis also previously adopted a motion of opposition to the proposed Shannon LNG Terminal. An agreement not to proceed with Shannon LNG formed part of the current programme for national government. Theresa noted that Clare PPN should extend its position to include our opposition to the importation of fracked gas from any other jurisdiction or country. This proposal was adopted.
Proposed by Mary O’Donoghue via Sarah Clancy
That Clare PPN should reaffirm its solidarity with the Traveller Community in Clare and nationally and our commitment to work against discrimination in our community and local services. That we should extend our sympathies once more to the families and friends of those whose lives were tragically lost in the Carrickmines fire five years ago. This proposal was adopted.
Clare PPN submission to Minister Pippa Hackett’s ‘Forestry Bill’
On July 31st, 2020, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett, opened a short public consultation process in relation to the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020, also known as the ‘Forestry Bill’. The deadline for submissions was Friday, August 28th.
If passed, the Bill would significantly reduce the ability of members of the public and environmental NGOs to appeal the granting of forestry licences and other forestry-related decisions. It also proposes to introduce fees for making appeals.
Clare PPN made a submission in relation to this Bill, based on input from members of our Environmental College and of the Clare Environmental Network. A copy of our submission is available at this link:
Clare PPN submission on the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020