Ireland has announced that it will become the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels.
The lower house of Parliament voted to have the government divest its $10 billion investment fund from coal, oil and gas.
Island nations will be the among the first to experience the devastating effects of climate change as sea level rise threatens coastal communities and infrastructure.
Legendary environmentalist Bill McKibben has Tweeting about the decision since Thursday and has been keeping track of the many acts of support and solidarity that have come about as a result of the vote.
People have been appearing at Irish embassies throughout the nation and across the world to celebrate the country’s decision.
Many are bringing cases of Guinness — Ireland’s most famous beer — to various government officials to encourage them to make similar policy decisions.
As 2018 remains on track to be one of, if not the, hottest year in recorded history, it is becoming increasingly clear that we as a species need to take global action in order to prevent the devastation of climate change.
Ireland’s decision to move towards renewable, sustainable energy is an excellent first step, and will hopefully prove to be a weather bell for the rest of the world’s governments.
Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.
If you feel inspired by Ireland’s decision, find divestment targets in your area and bring them some Guinness today! Universities and county or state officials are an excellent place to start. Find your representatives here.