Pushing the limits – IFA calls for extension of nitrates derogations

October 25th, 2017 Elevated nutrient concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen continue to be one the most widespread water quality problem in Ireland. Nutrient losses from agriculture and domestic wastewater discharges are among the primary reasons why the water quality objectives of both the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) have […]

Tiny House

The Tiny House: A Solution for Ireland’s Housing Crisis?

October 18th, 2017 Is tiny the next big thing? Well, it may be in Kildare after a motion passed at yesterday’s Naas municipal district meeting calling on the Government to permit a tiny house pilot project in Naas. The district will now write to the Joint Committee on Housing to request that the district be […]

Virginia O’Gara , My Goodness

Food waste: Fuel for the fight against food poverty?

September 25th, 2017 Taking center stage at last weekend’s Vegfest, Virginia O’Gara wowed the audience at Ireland’s annual vegan festival with her hands-on Kimchi demo, explaining all the wonders of the world of fermentation. The co-owner of My Goodness, an ethical, raw vegan company, Virginia explained in detail how the Korean staple has health benefits […]

A Little More Conversation, A Lot More Action Please: Engaging Citizens In Community Led Transitions

September 25th, 2017 On the value of Unity, Helen Keller, American author and political activist, once stated: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. As attendance records at national events, such as the recent ‘Heritage Week’ which runs annually every August, will no doubt attest, interest in environmental issues and a love […]

How can you influence environmental policy?

13th September 2017 Have you ever wanted your actions on environmental matters to have a greater impact at a local level? You can make a difference for the environment through your Public Participation Network. There are many people here in Ireland that do a great deal for the environment in their everyday lives, while some have […]

Fast Fashion

Hidden environmental costs of the ‘fast fashion’ movement

August 3rd, 2017 Today’s fashion trends often come fast and cheap. Although we can now keep up with the latest moves in the industry at an affordable price, what about the hidden environmental costs of the ‘fast fashion’ movement? One such cost comes from the widespread use of viscose thread, a semi-synthetic fibre made using […]

LONG READ – Humans are causing one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth history

July 21st, 2017 Humans are the root cause of the ‘biological annihilation’ of life on Earth, according to a study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study – conducted by a team of scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Stanford University – studied population […]

BREXIT: Great Repeal Bill raises concern among environmentalists

July 13th, 2017 With the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – better known as the Great Repeal Bill – being published today, the potential impact of Brexit on wildlife and habitats in the UK is open to speculation. Regardless of political borders, the natural environment across the island of Ireland is interlinked and Brexit holds the potential […]

The Importance of Healthy Soil for Long-Term Food Security

Globally, conventional agriculture is still following the same model of working with the land that led to the great dust bowls of America in the 1930s. So are we walking straight into a global crisis without noticing it, asks Permaculture teacher and designer Aaron Jewell. Every single civilization has relied on topsoil and agriculture to […]

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The success of the student divestment movement in Ireland

July 6th, 2017 With the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill subject to pre-legislative scrutiny in the Dáil last week, Lia Flattery looks back at the success of the student divestment movement in Ireland and the role it played in making divestment a national issue. In recent years, there has been growing pressure for universities and businesses […]