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Professor Curran's report - a look ahead

Perspective

Sunday, January 5th, 2020 - 52 minutes

Talking to the BBC at the annual Illiam Dhone commemoration ceremony at Hango Hill on Thursday, 2 January 2020, Ralph Peake MHK said Tynwald had the opportunity to "show some real leadership" in tackling climate change.

The topic dominated this year's event, with speeches in English from Devon Watson of the Climate Change Coalition and Fare Free Campaign, followed by the author of the Isle of Man Population Atlas, Paul Craine, who is also the Isle of Man leader of the Climate Reality Project.

Mr Peake attended the event, having been one of the members of a Climate Emergency Consultative Transformation Team, appointed by the Manx Government in July.

That team was made up of representatives from government departments, climate change specialists, as well as two politicians - Mr Peake, and Jane Poole-Wilson MLC.

It was chaired by a so-called independent expert, Professor James Curran, who was given six months to report back with an action plan for how the Island can play its part in mitigating the effects of global overheating.

Those six months are now up - and the findings of that team, presented as a report, are expected to be laid before Tynwald at this month's sitting, which will take place on Tuesday 21st.

On this week's episode of Perspective, we hear how that team was appointed in the first place, we listen back to what Professor Curran had to say about his project in October, and we listen to the speeches from the Illiam Dhone ceremony - all looking ahead to the release of the report this month.

Ralph Peake says the subsequent examination of the document in Tynwald will prove "probably the most important debate we've had for decades."