The Citizens’ Assembly (the Assembly) will meet at the Grand Hotel Malahide this weekend, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of November, to make recommendations on the topic ‘How the State can make Ireland a leader in Climate Change’. As part of their consideration of the topic Assembly Members will hear presentations on the transport and agriculture sectors and from national and international academics and practitioners on leadership in climate change. On Sunday Assembly Members will, by ballot paper voting, reach the conclusions and recommendations that will form the basis of a report for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
On Saturday Chair of the Assembly the Honourable Ms Mary Laffoy and the 99 Citizen Members will hear presentations from:
- Anne Graham, CEO, National Transport Authority – Current Transport Policy in Ireland – Is Climate Change a consideration?
- Brian Caulfield, Trinity College Dublin – If Ireland was a leader in tackling climate change what would Transport Policy look like in Ireland?
- Connie Hedegaard, Former Danish Minister for Climate and Energy and Former European Commissioner for Climate Action – How to be a leader in tackling climate change- The Danish Experience
- Andrew Kerr, Executive Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and Professor of Climate and Low Carbon Innovation, University of Edinburgh – How to be a leader in tackling Climate Change – The Scottish Experience
- Professor Gary Lanigan, Research Officer, Teagasc – Current Agriculture / Land Use Policy in Ireland – Is Climate Change a consideration?
- Professor Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy – If Ireland was a leader in tackling climate change what would Agriculture / Land use policy look like?