Europe’s Environmental Commission voices concern for Europe’s soil in letter to NGOs

July 25th, 2017 Europe’s Environmental Commissioner has expressed his deep concern with the continued degradation of soil across the EU in a letter to a coalition of 500 European groups. In the letter, seen by The Green News, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said that soil is a “finite resource” and that “soil-related ecosystems are essential to […]

Legislation needed to protect European soil, new EU study finds

A new report published by the European Parliament’s committee responsible for scrutinising the European Commission’s agricultural policies has highlighted the threats facing soils across Europe. The report – prepared by academic experts from Wageningen University, Aarhus University and the University of Cordoba – was presented to the European Parliament on 20th June and included a […]

Uplift campaign launched to push for drinks container deposit refund scheme

May 11th, 2017 Zero Waste Ireland and VOICE have launched a campaign on Uplift to petition the Minister for Climate Action and the Environment to Introduce a Deposit-Refund System for drinks containers in Ireland. According to VOICE, container deposit and refund schemes are extremely successful at addressing the recycling of bottles and cans in other countries. […]

VIDEO: Soil and the Irish soul with Helen Kelly #People4Soil

February 24, 2017 Helen Kelly gave a different kind of talk at the launch of the People4Soil campaign. Speaking about healing, wellness, and her childhood in Donegal, Helen shared her story about recovery from cancer and the deep rooted cultural connection the Irish people have to the soil. [x_button shape=”square” size=”regular” float=”none” href=”http://environmentalpillar.ie/people4soil” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover”]Sign […]

Experts warn Doonbeg still under threat from Trump’s plans #NatureTrumpsWalls

January 26, 2017 Four international experts have written to the Clare champion newspaper publicly calling on Clare County Council to be ‘diligent’ as the beach at Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf course is ‘still under threat’ from revised proposals. It appears the issue of sea walls has not been scrapped altogether but rather revised. The revised […]

Will the EU move to ban food waste from supermarkets?

January 19, 2017 [x_columnize]France’s world-first ban on supermarket food-waste has set a new standard for the regulation of food waste. In 2016, France became the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food, punishing them with fines of upto €75,000 if they refuse to donate it to food banks or charities. The pioneering legislation came to […]

New Year Resolution: Take Action against Fracking

January 5, 2017 2017 Green News Resolution #1 : No Fracking! [x_columnize]Take action against fracking by making a personal submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee. Members of the public who have an interest in the fracking debate are invited by the Oireachtas Joint Committee to inform public policy by making submissions. The Green News wishes […]

You can help to save Ireland’s soils – Click here to sign the petition People4Soil

November 18, 2016 Ireland’s soils need your help. A new campaign has been launched to bring about European laws to protect soils now and for future generations. The Environmental Pillar in coalition with environmental organisations, organic growers, farmers, researchers and people concerned with the future of food production are launching a campaign to petition for a […]