Part three of a three part series by TASC on the need for a Just Transition for agriculture in Ireland.
When it comes to climate change and agriculture, we need to change how we think about the challenge of reducing emissions. Farmers and their communities must play a central role in planning climate action to ensure it is good for farmers as well as the planet.
Agriculture is not only a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, it is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and the most unequal sector in the Irish economy in terms of income.
To date, Just Transition frameworks have been closely linked to the fossil fuel industry. However, in other emissions intensive sectors, such as agriculture, the potential for stranded workers and stranded communities resulting from climate action is high.
By giving farmers and their communities ownership over climate action and facilitating a planning process that includes just transition measures, decision makers can prevent opposition and provide for a future for farming that offers both security and opportunity.
For more information on this work visit tasc.ie or contact Seán McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Film-maker: Alastair Lomas (vimeo.com/alastairlomas)