Greennews.ie, which is supported by the Environment Pillar and the Irish Environment Network IEN, has regular reports on developments relating to the Irish environment and sustainability. Some of its stories relating to climate change are mentioned below along with some news from other sources.
On the recent deliberation of the Citizens Assembly it has two reports. The first is,
‘Citizens Assembly: Irish state failing to lead in tackling climate change’ while the second is entitled, ‘Citizens’ Message is Clear – Government must lead on climate action’. A claim that it is ‘crazy’ to subsidise peat-fired electricity, was made by the Chair of Climate Change Advisory Council, Professor John Fitzgerald at the recent Environment Ireland conference is carried by Green News. It also has an item which reports that Minister for Environment Denis Naughten has appointed Elaine Nevin as the new Chair of the National Dialogue on Climate Action Advisory Group. Ms Nevin has been the National Director of ECO-UNESCO Ireland, a leading Irish environmental education and youth organization.
The An Taisce Climate Ambassador Programme of An Taisce is continuing to seek applications from students. Finally the EPA has an upcoming lecture in Communicating Climate Change. See details of the last two items in the Noticeboard below.
Waters and Communities Top Award to Emyvale
Congratulations to Emyvale Tidy Towns for winning the overall national award for the ‘Waters and Communities’ in the 2017 National Tidy Towns Competition. The Waters and Communities Award was a new Special Category award for 2017. It aims to encourage communities to get more involved with their local waterbodies by helping to preserve, promote and fully utilise their local natural heritage. Community groups who have shown an appreciation for their water environment and water heritage in general are considered (examples include: clean ups; provision or upgrading of amenities; support to biodiversity; promotion of fishing; awareness raising; etc.). This award is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office and is open to all community groups to apply.
Noticeboard for October can be found here