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‘Colourful event’ plannned for council offices

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen who will receive the letter from Extinction Rebellion Kerry

KERRY County Council has been accused of not acting swiftly enough or with sufficient conviction on the issue of tackling climate change and biodiversity by an action group planning what it describes as “a colourful event” at the local authority’s office this afternoon.

Extinction Rebellion Kerry members plan to hand a letter outlining several concerns to Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, and the document will accuse the government of producing a substandard national climate mitigation plan which aims for a low carbon economy by 2050, which is far too late.

“The most recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that humans must reduce their overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 50% by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change,” said spokesman Luke Eastwood.

The Extinction Rebellion Kerry member claimed: “Kerry County Council is failing to act on the emergency which we find ourselves in”.

The letter of concern will highlight the continued national use of glyphosate which is a chemical used in common weed killer and other similar products.

The protest group also maintains that works undertaken in Kerry’s 154 burial grounds and environs in the last year have been “little more than environmental barbarism” and reflect a culture of neglect and negligence.

The protest group also wants Kerry County Council to officially withdraw support for the LNG project in Ballylongford which, the group maintains, will be an environmental disaster for both Kerry and Ireland, if it is ever completed.

“Extinction Rebellion Kerry does not claim to have expertise on these issues, although we have access to individuals who do.

“We are the siren that warns of the rising global temperatures and increases in severe environmental events. We rebel for a system change to be made before the suffering of all the world’s inhabitants becomes unstoppable,” Luke Eastwood said.

The letter will urge the Mayor of Kerry to lead the charge to remedy the situation and to help address the concerns raised.

“We are observing Kerry County Council and we will continue to publicly call you out on your failures, should councillors continue to do little or nothing to effect real change,” the letter concludes.

Extinction Rebellion Kerry are planning what they describe as “a colourful event” at county buildings at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

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