The Green Party national conference last weekend at the Galway Bay otel.
The main topic for discussion on the opening evening was climate change and reducing carbon emissions. Ireland is currently at the bottom of the scale in terms of EU ratings.
The has been a hot topic in recent months. “nstead of ark and ide maybe build a community on that land and start the light rail there, just because there’s no demand right now does not mean there won’t be in the futurehe Danes and others do it, it’s simply creating demand in the right places and it works for them, so why not make it work for us.”
At present, Ireland is in agreement with the EU regarding carbon emissions. This means that by the year 2020 there needs a huge reduction in the current carbon omissions to meet the Kyoto Protocol as part of the EU agreements.
“e’re way off target for 2020 and also for 2030 ve no national plan as to when we’ll get there eve to change away from fossil fuels within 3 decades which is an incredible challenge. his mean chang entire transport system, the food system, industry
for example he emphasises the use of compostable wood as an alternative to plastics. This would be the more productive option for the future. Fast food chains for example could start making changes by using the wood instead of relying so heavily on plastics, the main issue with plastic is that “it breaks-down, it doesn’t decompose and this is where the problem is at present. Supermac’s for example could use compostable wood for their cutlery instead of plastic.”
He went on to say these changes will not just lead to a better society but also a sustainable economy at best. In terms of agriculture Ryan suggests that Ireland needs to grow more trees to allow for more air in the long run.
Coillte the national state body for encouraging forestry growth for 30/40 years and then chop them all down, it’s no wonder counties like Leitrim and Roscommon are saying we don’t want to live in dense dark forests, who could blame them.”
The proposed Ring Road estimate 600 a motorway through the countryside I think of the people living in Connemara for example, people in Inverin or Carraroe, need a way to get to Galway without having to drive through small roads. Public transport in Galway is unreliable with just one bus lane at 3/4km; I’m flabbergasted at the lack of transport planning here. They are planning a new orbital road in the city centre; it’s doing more harm than good.”
Going forward, Ryan says the Greens are hopeful both locally and in Europe, he went on to say ”we’ve 12 councillors at the moment, we want 25, that’s 24 plus 1, we’ve very good people running, we exist on the back of support of the Irish, we need 1 in 5 to vote for us.”