November 4th 2016
As the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump his efforts to build a massive sea wall is Ireland is coming under growing scrutiny.
Close to 100,000 people, both from Ireland and overseas, have signed a petition to stop Trump from erecting his sea wall next to his golf course at Doonbeg Co Clare.
And this week a US based fundraising initiative has announced their support for the Irish environmental group who have spear headed the campaign, the Friends of the Irish Environment.
The organisation called Walking The Earth support environmental groups around the globe by having writers submit stories about a campaign and then selling the e-book and donating the proceeds to the charity.
Their latest initiative is called Walking With The Donald and tells the story of Trump’s plans for a sea wall at Doughmore Beach to prevent erosion of his golf course Trump International Golf Links.
They highlight the hypocrisy of the presidential hopeful who panders to his base in the US by playing down climate change while in Ireland he invests $11m in efforts to stop it.
Click the image below to see the story and visit the site.
At the same time the petition against the wall has continued to grow and grow and now has 98,000 signatures.
The petition has been organised by Saves the Waves Coalition. They are a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on the surf zone, and educating the public about its value.
On November 11th there will be a talk at the Patagonia Outlet Store in Dublin about the sea wall and the campaign.
Dr. Tony Butt, Oceanologist and Big Wave Surfer and Tom Doidge-Harrison, Patagonia Surf Ambassador present a talk on coastal erosion and the dunes at Doughmore Beach, county Clare.
The event starts at 7pm at 24/26 Exchequer St Dublin 2. Its is free in and refreshments will be provided.
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The story of the sea wall is explained on the petition page:
“US presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and his hotel company ‘Trump International Golf Links’ (TIGL) seek to build a massively controversial seawall on a public beach to protect his private Trump Golf Resort in western Ireland. The proposed wall on Doughmore Beach would run 2.8 kilometers, reach 15 feet tall,and consist of 200,000 tons of rock dumped in a sensitive coastal sand dune system. Doughmore beach is one of western Irelands most consistent beachbreaks and widely popular with a deep community of surfers and beachgoers. Construction of this seawall will destroy the sand dune habitat, restrict public access to the beach, negatively impact the quality of the surfing waves, and ultimately result in beach loss.
“Trump’s golf course is built along a picturesque sand dune system known as Carrowmore Dunes; a renowned ecological treasure that has been named a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ by the European Union Special Habitats Directive. In all, 31 acres of pristine sand dunes are legally protected and the system provides a unique habitat for the endangered, prehistoric snail, vertigo anguistor. The sand dunes play a critically important role for Doughmore Beach as they contribute the sand supply for the wide, popular beach and nourish the offshore sandbars that make Doughmore Beach a consistently fun surf spot.
“Building a 2.8 km, 15 foot tall seawall at the foot of the sand dunes will unquestionably disrupt the natural process and lead to the dunes’ demise. Over time this will starve the beach of needed sand, negatively impact the surf quality, and ultimately lead to the disappearance of the popular public beach. Public access to the beach will also be severely restricted.”
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