Connect with us

Environment

Ireland Will Become the First Country in the World to Divest from Fossil Fuel Energy

The Republic of Ireland will divest from non-renewables in the wake of climate change.

Duane Paul Murphy

Published

on

The Republic of Ireland on Thursday, July 12 is set to become the world’s first country to publicly divest from fossil fuels in order to combat man-made climate change and transition towards clean renewable energy. The Fossil Fuel Divestment bill, passed by the lower chamber of the national parliament in Dublin with majority support from the political left, right, and center as well as non-partisan independents, will legally prohibit the government’s national investment fund to sell of stakes in both coal, natural gas, and petroleum oil over the next five years between . The bill will now go on the Irish Senate where it will be up for a vote in September. If ratified into law, the bill will be enacted by the end of 2018.

Ireland is not the only place in the world making serious efforts to protect the environment. In January of 2018, the New York City government under liberal Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that they will divest pension funds from fossil fuel companies. Cities such as Seattle and Washington, D.C. have done similar actions in recent years. India, one of the world’s fastest-growing developing countries, plans to abolish all single-use plastic products and materials by 2022 in order to combat waste and reduce the usage of certain carbon-based products.

Ireland is becoming more progressive in recent years. With the legalization of same-sex marriage and the repeal of the anti-abortion Eighth Amendment, the historically Catholic island country in the British Isles appears to be moving forward in its future.

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college student and student journalist born and raised in Southern California. Currently studying for his bachelor’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government1 week ago

Speaker Pelosi Endorsed Lowering the Voting Age to 16 years Old

The kids maybe alright to vote.

by , The Catholic American University
National News1 week ago

Here’s What We Know So Far About Operation Varsity Blues

A summary and the latest updates about the largest college admissions scandal to hit the country.

by , George Washington University
Government1 week ago

The Department of Health and Human Services Received Complaints of Alleged Sexual Abuse Against Foreign National Minors

Migrant children may be at risk on the ground and overseas.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 week ago

California Governor Gavin Newsom Suspends Death Penalty Statewide

The Golden State is on the verge of ending the death penalty.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 week ago

Top Congressional Republicans Decry Progressive Policies as Socialist

A Third Red Scare in Washington?

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

North Dakota State University Football Player Wears Socialist Pin at the Trump White House

The Reds infiltrate the White House.

by , The Catholic American University
National News2 weeks ago

Ethiopian Airlines Jet Crashes, No Survivors on Boeing 737

This is the second flight, in five months involving a Boeing 737.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
Government2 weeks ago

Progressives, Socialists, Make Gains in Local Elections in NYC and Chicago

The left is on the rise in big cities.

by , The Catholic American University

Top Reads