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Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Public Sector Rate: £389.00 Private Sector Rate: £575.00 Voluntary Sector Rate: £315.00

Time for citizen action on climate change? A webinar examining the work of the UK Climate Assembly

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Demystifying fashion with Lydia Higginson and Dr Mila Burcikova

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Lasers, drones & boats: measuring the impacts of climate change on heritage

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

CLIMATE ASSEMBLY UK: PATH TO NET ZERO

Wednesday 4th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Investment Conference

Thursday 5th November
Online
£185 +VAT

The future of food packaging

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 1/2

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Autumn Lecture Series Belfast: Georgian Town to Divided City 1770–1920

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Mainstreaming Culture and Heritage into Climate Planning

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

What if museums could be engine rooms for the imagination?

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

Discovery 2020! Conference at Queen’s University Belfast

Saturday 7th November
Online
Free

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Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Monday 9th November
Online
Free

ICE Strategy Session: The value of community engagement on infrastructure projects

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 2/2

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

The UN SDGs and climate change (Reading Climate Festival)

Wednesday 11th November
Online
Free

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Introduction to the Hands–On Heritage project

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Sustainable cities with Amahra Spence

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Making the Case for Building Reuse through Better Metrics for Avoided, Operational and Embodied Carbon

Friday 13th November
Online
Free

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How To Talk About The Climate Crisis To Anyone

Sunday 15th November
Online
£27.54

Climate Heritage Network General Assembly

Monday 16th November
Online
Free

Past Matters: Climate Emergency and Action

Tuesday 17th November
Online
Free

The future for Northern Ireland energy policy – the energy strategy and net zero targets, security of supply, and the impact on industry and consumers

Wednesday 18th November
Online
See website for details

Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Climate Heritage Forum

Thursday 19th November
Online
Free

Valuing Traditional Knowledge in Climate Action

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Maintenance Week NI 2020

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Heritage–based Adaptation and Mitigation | Documentary Film Premiere

Saturday 21st November
Online
Free

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Green nudges for promoting sustainability during Covid

Tuesday 24th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Environment Forum 2020 – Exclusive offer for NIEL Members!

Wednesday 25th November
Online
£95 + VAT for NIEL members

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Using Culture to Promote Climate Resilient Sustainable Development

Friday 27th November
Online
Free

Tree Charter Festival 2020

Saturday 28th November
Online
Free

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Putting Community Wellbeing at the Heart of Community Planning

Monday 30th November
Online
Free

     
 

New climate group welcome motion 24 July 2020

New climate change group welcomes Assembly motion on need to introduce NI climate change act

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On the same day (21st July) the Assembly passed a motion calling on the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots to introduce a climate change act to the floor of the Assembly within three months, Dr Amanda Slevin from Queen’s University was appointed chair of the recently formed Climate Coalition NI[1]. The coalition, which includes representatives from the environment, international development and aid, business, student and academic sectors is also calling for a climate change act to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday's Assembly motion called on the Executive to fulfil the climate action and environmental commitments agreed in “New Decade, New Approach”. One of those commitments was that

The Executive will introduce legislation and targets for reducing carbon emissions in line with the Paris Climate Change Accord.”

Responding to the Assembly motion Dr Amanda Slevin, chair of the Climate Coalition NI, said

“The Climate Coalition NI is disappointed that more than five months after the NI Assembly declared a climate emergency, Minister Poots said that introducing a climate change act to the floor of the Assembly within three months “is impossible to achieve, and it is ridiculous to ask for it”[2]. We would expect an emergency demands a quick response and would be concerned why it appears so little progress has been made on this issue since February. However, if it will be too great a challenge to introduce climate change legislation within three months, we would ask the Minister to say when he would be able to introduce this legislation to the Assembly.”

Dr Slevin continued,

“Yesterday Minister Poots talked enthusiastically about how when he was previously Environment Minister he pushed for a higher recycling target than was initially proposed, despite criticism that target would not be achieved. That higher target was achieved. This shows the importance of being ambitious. We hope Minister Poots can repeat this success by helping to achieve ambitious climate change targets for NI and we believe that an essential part of doing that will be introducing a NI climate change act which will ensure NI reaches net zero carbon emissions like the rest of the UK.

We agree with the statement Minister Poots made in the course of the debate in the Assembly in February 2020 that

Action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to our changing climate should not be viewed as a burden but as an opportunity, and we need to create a stronger, prosperous and more sustainable green low-carbon economy and enhanced natural environment for everyone.”[3]

We would encourage the Minister to take advantage of those opportunities and bring legislation to the floor of the Assembly as soon as possible. We would be happy to work with the Minister on this and further to that we will be writing to the Minster seeking a meeting.”

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[1] The members of the Climate Coalition NI include representatives from Belfast Food Network, Business in the Community NI, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Christian Aid, Climate NI, Friends of the Earth, Habitat for Humanity, National Trust, Northern Ireland Environment Link, NUS-USI (National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland), Oxfam, Queens University Belfast, Red Cross, RSPB, Sustainable NI, Trocaire, Ulster Wildlife, Woodland Trust, XR (Extinction Rebellion)

[2] http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/officialreport/report.aspx?&eveDate=2020/07/21&docID=304884

[3] http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/officialreport/report.aspx?&eveDate=2020/02/03&docID=292480