A Just Transition
To address the issue of Earth Overshoot Day, we need to take immediate and concrete action. This includes reducing our consumption of resources, adopting sustainable lifestyles, and implementing policies that promote conservation and preservation of the environment. We need to shift to renewable energy sources, promote circular economies that minimise waste, and support biodiversity conservation efforts. Governments, businesses, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing the issue of Earth Overshoot Day. Governments can implement policies that promote sustainable development, businesses can adopt sustainable practices and products, and individuals can reduce their ecological footprint by consuming less and recycling more.
One of the fundamental principles of a Just Transition is to leave no people, communities, economic sectors or regions behind as we transition to a low carbon future. Transition is not just about reducing emissions. This is just one part. It is also about transforming our society and our economy, and investing in effective and integrated social protection systems, education, training and lifelong learning, childcare, out of school care, health care, long term care and other quality services, Social investment must be a top priority of transition because it is this social investment that will support those people, communities, sectors and regions as we make the difficult transition to a carbon-neutral economy, transforming how our economy and society operates.
The coming decade will be one of transformation as we try to meet our climate goals. There are some specific policies that Social Justice Ireland has consistently advocated for, that would support us in meeting these targets in the years ahead. These are:
- Set ambitious emissions reduction targets for 2030 and ensure sufficient resources to support implementation of these targets;
- Adopt targets and a reporting system for each of the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Integrate a Sustainable Development Framework into economic policy;
- Introduce a strategy for Ireland that includes the principles of the circular economy and cradle-to-cradle development;
- Introduce shadow national accounts, and assign value to natural capital and ecosystems in our national accounting systems;
- Develop a comprehensive mitigation and transition programme to support communities and people in the transition to a low carbon society;
- Develop a progressive and equitable environmental taxation system;
- Develop a new National Index of Progress encompassing environmental and social indicators of progress as well as economic ones;
- Develop a Just Transition Dialogue structure at regional and national level.