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Planting a Forest is Easy Treesie!

By Rowena Edwards
On the 12th of December we were thrilled to be joined by a big bunch of primary school children in what will soon be a forested area of Malahide. In collaboration with Easy Treesie, an organisation aiming to help Ireland's one million school-age children plant one million trees by 2023, we planted no less than 300 trees! Four of our own volunteers, Filip, Camilla, Vicky and Gabja, met the multiple classes of school kids as they jumped off the buses and guided them from the car park to the plantation site. Everyone was given planting gear - gloves, shovels, tree¬† whips, etc - and guided through the tree planting process. The sense of joy felt from getting our hands dirty,…
Rowena Edwards
January 15, 2019
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Ireland Divests: What Does it Mean?

By Rowena Edwards
  You've probably all heard the news that Ireland is set to become the first country to divest from fossil fuels. Any move away from fossil fuels is a move in the right direction, but the headlines threaten to become slightly hyperbolic. So here's exactly what the government agreed to do, and exactly what it means for Ireland. The lower house has voted to sell off public investments in fossil fuels 'as soon as is practicable'. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill requires the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to divest from direct investments in fossil fuel undertakings within five years. 'Fossil fuel undertakings' are defined as undertakings in which 20% or more of the turnover comes from the exploration, extraction…
Rowena Edwards
August 12, 2018
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Who turned up the heat?

By Rowena Edwards
The last time Ireland had a summer heatwave as extreme as this one was 1976. A simpler time - a time before climate change, you may say with a sigh - but no. By 1976 the results of the Industrial Revolution already had some scientists warning of the potential climatic dangers of carbon dioxide pollution. Now, in 2018, we're faced with those dangers every day. And while a spell of hot, dry weather in a place as notoriously wet as Ireland is welcomed with open arms by the general populace, the writing on the wall is hard to ignore. In Ireland, the current heatwave was made more than twice as likely by climate change. That's nothing compared to Denmark's heatwave,…
Rowena Edwards
July 29, 2018
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Costa Rica Banning Single-Use Plastics by 2021

By Rowena Edwards
In a fantastic example of environmental leadership, Costa Rica has cemented its plans to ban all single-use plastics by 2021. The national strategy to phase out all single-use plastics was first revealed on World Environment Day last year and is part of the nation's plan to be carbon neutral by 2021. But, crucially, the single-use plastics strategy is not just about eliminating these extremely harmful plastics. It's about incentivising alternatives. With support from the United Nations Development Plan, an online platform has been developed that allows citizens and businesses to follow the country's progress, get inspired by others' initiatives and register their own products and alternative materials. Alongside other incentives and investments, it's already paying off: Costa Rican college students…
Rowena Edwards
June 30, 2018

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