Opinion: Minister must take control of Ireland’s illegal fishing activities

24 June 2021 Next Monday 28th June, our Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue will decide, jointly with his European peers, how fishing activities must be monitored and controlled to ensure their compliance with fisheries sustainability rules. Twenty NGOs, including 10 from Ireland, have recently encouraged the Minister to ensure that Ireland […]

Ireland’s 2050 climate target: too little, too late

3 November 2020 Language of “degrees” and “targets” often alienates people from the climate crisis. Yet, while they might seem abstract, boring, or wonkish, these figures in represent a global struggle for power and justice. Debates about Ireland’s role in this struggle are currently underway, as Ireland’s 2020 Climate Bill undergoes pre-legislative scrutiny before the […]

Green/Left alliance needed for a Just Transition in tackling waste

24 September 2020 As I travelled up the quays to Liberty Hall earlier this month (it was the first time I had been in Dublin city centre since March), I was pleasantly surprised by what appeared to be an actual dedicated cycle lane. The Greens are really making an impact, I thought to myself. But […]

We need a Green New Deal for our climate and our health

23 September 2020 Launched in December last year, the European Green Deal is Europe’s roadmap to becoming the first climate-neutral continent. A fundamental component of the blueprint is the Farm to Fork strategy, which strives for “a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system”. However, in the 2020 Programme for Government, the new coalition of Fianna […]

Why we need to radically change the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy

28 August 2020 125,000 individuals receive Common Agriculture Policy payments in Ireland, which accounts for over half of average farm income. Not everyone is happy with the level of CAP’s environmental ambition, however. 12 national coalitions from around Europe, including Ireland’s Environmental Pillar, have come together to co-sign a letter demanding radical change in how […]

Where our storm coverage goes from here.

27 August 2020  Last night, after what seemed like an endless Wednesday, I ordered a takeaway. I watched an episode of Sex and the City as I ate it, and then decided to call it a day. I brought the cardboard box out to the recycling bin, and looked up to see a sprinkling of […]

We must protect our bird populations from the damaging effects of roads

7 July 2020  Over the past few months, as an avid birdwatcher and citizen scientist, I have recorded a plethora of bird species on my daily walks, partly thanks to the absence of noise pollution from cars.  Indeed, birdsong has been one of the few pleasures afforded to many of us during the Covid-19 pandemic.  […]

Student climate protest February 2019 Photo; Kayle Crosson

Human beings are not a virus

June 4th, 2020 Fintan O’Toole likened human beings to a ‘toxic virus’, and a ‘relentless foulness’ from ‘the Earth’s point of view’, in his article about the Sign of the Times survey on public perceptions of climate change. This has become a recurring theme expressed throughout the pandemic, even as we bear witness to one […]

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The Circular Economy in the Recovery

June 3rd, 2020 We were all caught off guard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the plastics industry was no different. The industry had invested in a large number of plants and planned to increase supply this year, so the current dramatic drop in demand for oil and plastics has come as a shock. It’s no […]