As Covid-19 spreads across Ireland, gorse fires roar in tandem

March 30th, 2020 A number of illegal gorse fires have raged across the country over the past week, burning hectares of land, impacting numerous species and diverting vital emergency services away from their focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. It is currently an offence under the Wildlife Act to burn any vegetation growing on any land […]

Ceara Carney and Louis Heath of XR Ireland Photo: Gary O'Neill

The individual: what can I do about climate breakdown?

March 24th, 2020 The question I get asked far more than any other is “what can I, as an individual, do about climate change?” Usually, people will preface this question by saying that they are trying to do their part by driving less, offsetting flights, using recycled paper or something similar to that effect. “It’s […]

Earth Photo: Noah Haggerty / Pixabay

Hope in the time of Corona

March 24th, 2020 Could the frightening pandemic now raging be a catalyst initiating the behavioural and economic changes necessary to offset the profound danger to humanity which climate and ecological disruption threatens? This is a question that I have been asking myself from the frontline of this crisis alongside my colleagues in the health service. […]

Climate strikes – ‘the strength to keep fighting on’

March 20th, 2020 Last Friday marked over six months of continuous weekly climate striking for me.  This week also marked the one year anniversary of my very first climate strike – the March 15th one in Dublin where over 10,000 people marched together in solidarity. With the looming threat of COVID-19 – another crisis to […]

Coronavirus: zoonotic origins of our own making?

March 20th, 2020 Coronaviruses or Coronoviridae are a large family of viruses that can infect humans or animals. A small number of these cause very serious respiratory illnesses in humans but they also include a huge number of other viruses that are not harmful at all, or cause very mild symptoms.  The common cold, for example, […]

Guidelines for getting outdoors safely during COVID19

March 20th, 2020 Increasing numbers of people are seeking the natural benefits of getting outdoors, taking in fresh air, letting off pent up energy and enjoying our Island’s incredible nature during this difficult and uncertain time. Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that collectively, we use the outdoors responsibly, taking care of each […]

COVID19 – a manifestation of the biodiversity crisis

March 20th, 2020 Ecologists are blue in the face telling people that all life depends upon biodiversity and that we depend upon the natural world for food, clothing and building materials and so on. Yet this self-evident dependence has to-date been far from evident to many. The sixth mass extinction has played second fiddle to […]

Insectageddon – a plague on our houses or a phantom menace?

March 20th, 2020 “Who has the right to decide that the supreme value is a world without insects even though it would be a sterile world not graced by the curving wing of a bird in flight?” So wrote Rachel Carson in her world-changing book Silent Spring in 1962. Carson had previously published a number […]

‘Radical economic reset’ needed to offset COVID-19 effects

March 19th, 2020 The Government must takes rapid and concrete steps to stabilise the economy that puts protection of those hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19 front and centre, an ecological economics group has warned.  A key move that Feasta wants to see implemented urgently is the introduction of a universal basic income to […]

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Trump resort refused permission for Doonbeg wall

March 18th, 2020 The Doonbeg golf resort owned by US President Donald Trump has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to build a controversial rock wall along the coast over environmental concerns.   Trump International Golf Links Ireland Enterprises Limited (TIGL) applied to install two coastal defence structures 1km long in an effort to […]