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Celebrate 10 years of climate action this Earth Hour

22nd March 2017 This year Earth Hour is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It will see people all around the globe simultaneously taking action against climate change. Earth Hour is not a single event, but a movement. For this hour every year, people from all over the globe take action to make a positive impact on the environment. The movement has grown …

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Global Action Plan’s water explorer school wins big with WAFA award. #WorldWaterDay

March 22th 2017 Convent of Mercy National School in Kanturk, Cork became the first group in Ireland to be awarded the Water, Air, and Food Youth Award (WAFA). The school participated in Global Action Plan’s water explorer programme and their project has now received international recognition for their valiant efforts. WAFA commends exceptional pioneers in water, air and food security. …

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Ireland’s leading horticulturalist warns against soil fertility crisis #People4Soil

22nd March 2017 Klaus Laitenberger, acclaimed organic gardener and horticulturalist, warned a packed crowd at Christchurch Cathedral’s that soil damage is as big a threat to our existence as climate change. Klaus, who is also spokesperson for Ireland’s People4Soil campaign, was speaking at the end of Christchurch’s Sun, Sea and Soil series screening of Symphony of the Soil. The award-winning …

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What is the Circular Economy and how can it help?

20th March 2017 The EU has been making moves towards a circular economy. Recently they voted to back legislation which aims for at least 70% of municipal waste to be recycled, and food waste to be reduced by 50% by 2030. Businesses, governments and public sector organisations are also working to achieve the elusive circle. But what exactly is the circular …

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Four Facts about Today’s Spring Equinox

20th March 2017 What is an Equinox? Equinox means equal night in Latin and, according to the good people at NASA, “The equinox marks the onset of Spring with a transition from shorter to longer days for half the planet, along with more direct sunlight as the sun rises higher above the horizon.” The equinoxes are the only times when …

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Fossil fuel divestment to be focus of Galway’s Climate Congress

20th March 2017 Fossil fuel divestment and sustainable choices will be the focus of NUI Galway’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society’s third annual Climate Congress. The event, organised in conjunction with Trócaire,  will take place in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, on Tuesday, 21 March from 10am until 5pm. The congress looks to build on, and …

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European Parliament calls for Arctic ban on use of dirtiest shipping fuel

16th March 2017 Sustainable Transport group, Transport & Environment (T&E) are insisting today’s EU call for a ban on the use of heavy-fuel oil (HFO) by ships when sailing in the Arctic be met with swift action by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) HFO is the dirtiest of all fuel types and, in the event of a spill, is virtually impossible …

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Grounding Irish Identidy: Mother Nature and preserving Mother Ireland

16th March 2017 Melanie Phillip’s comments in The Times that Ireland’s claim of nationhood was “tenuous” caused quite the furore, with even the Irish ambassador to the UK, taking umbrage with her statement. Resurfacing of an Outdated Ideology Some have claimed Ms. Phillip’s stance that, unlike Britain, it could not claim to be “a unified power but was divided between …