CrógAClimate-Resilient Opportunities for the Generations Ahead
Cróga Project Background
Ireland has committed to one of the highest binding climate targets in the European Union. We are committed to 20% reduction in man-made greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020 compared with the 2005 level. By 2030, we must reduce our emissions by 40%.
The new Climate Action Plan published by the Irish government is not ambitious enough, or brave enough.
We are calling all counties to do their fair share with the abatement target, initiating constructive climate dialogue & action at community level. The purpose of Cróga is to empower Irish communities to engage in inclusive, bottom-up initiatives for direct climate action.
There is enormous untapped potential in communities to address climate policy at local, municipal level, instead of relying on inadequate State initiatives. In the response to the climate crisis, Cróga wants to kickstart a shift of power from the State to communities.
Climate policies that stems from local public dialogue, as close as possible to impacted community, is more effective, responsive and accepted. Such policies generate the best welfare and wellbeing impacts, and can be an unrivaled driver of economic and social development for rural communities.
At their last County Council meeting, a discussion was held on the response of Leitrim to climate change. Councillor Sean McDermott proposed a...
The initial Cróga project focuses on County Leitrim and is a GEAI initiative, but the long-term goal is to “pass the template” to other communities to carry out Cróga in their own counties.
The project has three phases.
The goal of Phase 1 is to deliver a carbon emissions inventory of the county, across all relevant economic sectors, in terms of CO2 equivalent per year, along with an estimate of the annual carbon removals by natural sinks.
The main output of Phase 1 is an inventory report that goes into detail of each emitting sectors. The final figures will provide, as accurately as possible, a picture of the county’s current carbon balance, and will serve as a baseline for further dialogue and action
Following the inventory report, GEAI will host open climate dialogue sessions with stakeholders, local statutory organisations and community groups. The goal of these public consultations is to plan concrete strategies for a resilient, low-carbon and sustainable county.
It will be an open, ongoing process of democratic climate policy making.
This is when real action happens and community-led, county-wide carbon offset/reduction measures are implemented.
Best practice will be shared and lead the way for other communities to follow.