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Community Climate Action 23 February 2021

Dublin to Donegal: climate action project to encourage community input

Two very different communities – Phibsborough on Dublin’s northside and the village of Ardara in west Donegal – are to join forces in a unique partnership embracing climate action while seeking to nurture local development.

The people’s transition project devised by TASC, the independent think tank for action on social change, aims to get community groups to work out what’s best for their areas in addressing climate change, while also ensuring better and healthier standards of living.

“Whether you’re living in the inner city or a small rural town, we all want a decent standard of living and to live as part of a thriving and prosperous community,” said Seán McCabe of TASC Climate Justice Centre. The approach has had notable success in Preston, UK and in Cincinnati, US.

“When we include people in decisions, when we co–create solutions with them, and when people see that actually things can get much better, not worse, with climate action, then they will want to be part of that,” he added.

The reality was people wanted to protect the planet for future generations, but also have very real and immediate concerns for their lives now, Mr McCabe added. This meant public spending on climate action must be channelled into job creation, community businesses and local production opportunities where possible.

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