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Burning Issues – Summer 2019, Where Do We Stand?

By Adam Horgan
We are at an extremely important point in the fight to protect our natural systems.    August 2019 was a month in which we saw some encouraging international developments with regards to tree planting movements in a number of countries but also witnessed the utter devastation caused by the widespread burning of the Amazon Rainforest, Arctic regions and throughout Indonesia. In this post we will be taking a look at where we stand in terms of reforestation as an international civilisation and what we are up against.   So, to begin at home with the good news. In June we welcomed the government’s somewhat vague promise to plant more trees as part of the national Climate Action Plan. Last week…
Adam Horgan
September 11, 2019
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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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