The Irish and UK governments declared a climate emergency in May this year. Later that month, environmentalist parties in these countries experienced a “green wave” of success in EU elections. Both governments, however, continue to go against public sentiment on climate chaos.
Despite a promise by Irish premier Leo Varadkar to “accelerate action” to deal with climate breakdown, for example, his government has given the go-ahead for oil drilling off Ireland’s south-west coast. And this kind of hypocrisy doesn’t surprise residents in the Sperrin Mountains in the north of Ireland, either. Because they may well see their Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) turned into a toxic cyanide dump. This is if Dalradian Gold Ltd get the go-ahead to mine there. Local people, however, have no intention of letting that happen.
cyanide can convert to other toxic forms and persist, particularly in cold climates.
Human rights violations
risks posed with the proposed project contrary to its obligations pursuant to the Human Rights Act.
Tracey told The Canary that locals want to see “an independent, expert-led regional enquiry”. And he expects the DFI to take its “direction from the community”.
Business as usual?
Recent local elections, meanwhile, show change may be on the way. Anti-mining campaigner Emmet McAleer, for example, was elected to the local council. So governments need to take note and act on their election-time climate promises.
Campaigners, meanwhile, won’t stand for more hypocrisy. And they most certainly won’t allow a multinational gold-mining company to pollute their community.
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