7 November 2013: The Environmental Pillar, a coalition of 27 national environmental NGOs, welcomes the National Social and Economic Council (NESC) support for the greening of the Irish economy in its Report No.135 Ireland’s Five-Part Crisis, Five Years On: Deepening Reform and Institutional Innovation, published today.Michael Ewing, spokesperson for the Environmental Pillar, said:”Human society emerged from, and is entirely reliant for survival on, the natural environment, and in this context we welcome that the NESC report recognises the way in which society, environment and economy are intrinsically intertwined.”Taking its lead from the Environmental Pillar report Greening the Economy and Creating Sustainable Employment, the NESC Council and Secretariat have underlined the need to green the economy if Ireland is to have a sustainable future.
“What is required is strong, coherent and integrated intervention to correct and re-balance our environmental, social and economic systems to produce a sustainable dynamic equilibrium,” said Mr Ewing. “This report outlines a potential first step in that direction. When taken together with the NESC Secretariat report Greening the Economy we can perhaps hope that the whole of our Government will begin to realise the benefits that a truly sustainable Ireland would bring in terms of well-being for this and future generations.”
The NESC report Ireland’s Five-Part Crisis, Five Years On: Deepening Reform and Institutional Innovation is available at http://www.nesc.ie/en/publications/publications/nesc-reports/irelands-five-part-crisis-five-years-on-deepening-reform-and-institutional-innovation/