Students in Dublin, Ireland participate in the Global School Strike for Climate Action on March 15. Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images The Republic of Ireland became the second country in the world to declare a climate emergency Thursday, The Independent Ireland reported . The declaration was passed Thursday evening when both the government and opposition parties agreed to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton said. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The Irish declaration follows a similar action from UK’s parliament May 1. The governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Its official.Ireland becomes 2nd country in the world to declare a #ClimateEmergency & Dáil also agreed to endorse all the recommendations of the Oireachtas Climate Action Report .Definitely one of the highlights for me as a @greenparty_ie TD .My children are thrilled. pic.twitter.com/bcQhvYxvqx — Catherine Martin TD (@cathmartingreen) May 9, 2019 Irish Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan pointed out that the declaration needed to be a starting point. “Declaring an emergency means […]

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