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Support farmers to tackle crisis says McAleer

FARMERS and communities must be supported to tackle the climate emergency, MLA Declan McAleer has said while attending the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

“The COP26 is an important opportunity to send out a clear message of our determination to tackle the climate emergency,” he commented. “We must secure a fair transition to a low carbon economy and increase support for rural communities and family farms.

“Sinn Féin believe it is essential that a ‘just transition’ is embedded in climate change legislation and we have been looking at examples such as the Scottish Agricultural Transformation Programme (ATP), which is in place to help the agriculture sector to meet climate change targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There is also an onus on big corporations to decarbonise and work to deliver green jobs.”

The Sinn Féin MLA concluded: “Sinn Féin will play our part in the fight back against climate change and in protecting our environment and farm families for future generations.”

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