Sunday, March 3, 2024

Municipal management must be an active part of the fight against climate change

The jeltzale group of Irun was able to participate in the initiatives of the 2024 Budget that will help Irun to prepare for the new challenges caused by climate change

In EAJ-PNV we work, propose and agree on different initiatives for the 2024 budget, which respond to the reality of climate change that we are experiencing, and whose purpose is to prepare our city for the new change coming. In particular, we were able to participate in €15,000 for a study on Climate Shelters and increase the garden and tree areas in our city, especially in the heat islands.

Climate havens are spaces where you can enjoy a little shade and fresh water and are described as natural or urban spaces that provide the best conditions for thermal comfort. At EAJ-PNV we know that the climate shelters identified today are more than a short-term solution and that is why we also propose the implementation of strategies to cool the different areas of our city and adapt them of climate change, as for example, through the renaturalization of spaces.

All these initiatives aim to start preparing our city to face this climate challenge that directly affects people’s health, habits, nature, food, and the conservation of species (flora and fauna ), framed and responded to what was formally declared by the Basque Government. July 30, 2019; a climate situation and environmental emergency. A declaration with a clear objective, to achieve a carbon neutral territory, as well as a more stable society.

The fight against climate change is a global challenge that concerns everyone, especially the closest entities that know best the demands and needs of the city and its citizens. And so, as far as our town, Irun, is concerned, the management of the municipality must be an active part of dealing with this reality that is here. Always consider and respect the powers that each institution has.

Without further ado, the summer of 2023 was the third warmest since records began, but conversely, it was also the third wettest summer of the 21st century. In addition, according to AZTI data, the level of the Cantabrian Sea has increased at a rate of 1.5 to 3.5 centimeters per decade since 1990. And this, too, directly affects Irun.

From our municipal group we always emphasize that Irun must look to the future, and look and prepare for medium-long term contingencies, and this means proposing actions and initiatives that build that Irun we need and all we desire. Climate change is a reality that must now be reflected in municipal budgets and actions. Small steps today… big solutions for tomorrow.

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