Four exciting Green jobs to apply for this week!

September 8th, 2016 Three leading Irish environmental organisations are currently looking for new staff. The Irish Peatlands Conservation Council (IPCC), Voice Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) are each hiring in a variety of roles. If you have skills in ecology, campaigning, events management or communications, then it may be your lucky day! Conservation Policy […]

Dublin Transport Strategy ‘mocks’ Climate Accord, say Friends of the Irish Environment

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been accused of ‘mocking’ the 2015 Paris Climate Accord by failing to adhere to national policy and legislation in its recent Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area.

Environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) claims that Minister Shane Ross T.D. breached his legal obligations under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to ‘have regard to’ the objective of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the department’s new strategy.

Environmental group calls for cancellation of Charity Balloon-Release

Irish Environmental NGO Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has called for changes to a balloon-release event planned for this Sunday by the Cork Association for Autism.

The organisation’s annual ‘Blue Balloon and Fun Walk’ is scheduled for 11 am on Sunday the 11th at Blackrock, Cork, and includes a balloon-release. FIE are appealing to the Autism group to ‘keep it on a string’, in a move to prevent the balloons from harming wildlife.

Ecovillage workshop to explore the potential of a local currency

Ireland’s only ecovillage, Cloughjordan in Tipperary, is to be the venue of an exciting workshop exploring the potential of a cutting-edge local currency technology.

The innovative workshop -‘Blockchain and Sustainable Communities: Potential and Pitfalls’- aims to explore the possible future applications of Blockchain technology – a digital, decentralised currency – in the development and coherence of sustainable communities.

Taxing environmentally harmful practices could bring in €415m annually for green investment, say Environmental Pillar

September 1st, 2016 Environmental groups are calling on the government to tax environmentally damaging practices in the upcoming budget to change behaviour and raise government revenue. The Environmental Pillar, an advocacy coalition of 28 Irish environmental NGOs, has today released a Budget Submission, in which it proposes three simple measures: a levy on single-use items, […] among finalists in two categories of the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards are delighted to have made the finals of two categories in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016!

Following longlisting and shortlisting in the awards, part of which was decided by public vote, we have been selected as finalists in the Current Affairs/ Politics Blog and Education & Science Blog categories.

OPINION: What’s really stopping us from Taking Action on Climate Change?

We need to bring balance back to our capital economic model. The traditional view is that regulation just gets in the way of things and makes doing business difficult. In reality, strict regulations can make businesses consider externalities like the environment and worker rights, limit the ability of businesses to act only in the short term, reduce its ability for profiteering and protect the common pool of resources.

Zero Waste Ireland needs your support for Zero Waste Week 2016

Waste Campaigning organisation Zero Waste Ireland is making an appeal for support from the public and organisations for Zero Waste Week, from the 5th-9th September, 2016.

The charity, which advocates that waste be seen as a resource that is reused in a circular economy, is asking people, workplaces and communities to contribute to a social media campaign known as a ‘Thunderclap’, in which they share the efforts that they are taking towards producing zero waste.

Opposition Mounts Against New Bee-killing Pesticide Awaiting Approval in Ireland

August 25th, 2016 A new pesticide, found to be harmful to bees, is currently awaiting approval for sale in Ireland. Developed by agrochemical firm Bayer, flupyradifurone is the first in a new class of pesticide called Butenolides. Environmental groups PAN Europe and Bee Life say, however, that its chemical structure and mode of action make it […]

10,000 years of Natural Heritage at Girley Bog

To celebrate Heritage Week 2016, the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council (IPCC) are hosting a guided nature walk on Girley Bog, County Meath, this Sunday, 28th August.

Participants will enjoy the wonderful wildlife supported by this raised bog and the bog pools within it. Guides will help visitors to identify many of the plants and animals that are typical to this rare habitat, which is a designated Natural Heritage Area.