NESC National and Economic Social Council workshop “Wind Energy in Ireland: The Challenge of Community Engagement and Social Acceptance”

NESC National and Economic Social Council workshop “Wind Energy in Ireland: The Challenge of Community Engagement and Social Acceptance” I am only going to report on the input I had to this workshop on February 28th 2014, as I did not seek agreement from the other attendees to quote them. During my introduction I agreed with someone whoContinue reading “NESC National and Economic Social Council workshop “Wind Energy in Ireland: The Challenge of Community Engagement and Social Acceptance””

Community “Acceptance”

I attended the Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2014 on February 20th. I found it to be a lot of corporate back slapping and happy talk. Everyone was delighted with their little patch and the bigger picture but absolutely baffled by the challenge of “community acceptance”. As I explained to a couple of folk from SEAIContinue reading “Community “Acceptance””

Hanging with Crocodiles and Climate Change

They say first impressions last – pretty much the same if you want to catch your readers eye. I reckon the subject line in my email to Ryan Tubridy caught someones eye in RTE last Tuesday. I called it “Hanging with Crocodiles”. Feb 4th 2014 at 10.26 Dear Ryan I know that all emails can’tContinue reading “Hanging with Crocodiles and Climate Change”

Welcome Horse – Goodbye Snake

  In this year of the horse I want to see a new system of decision making. I want everyone in our country having the opportunity to design the future they see for Ireland. Now that I have done the shedding for the year of the snake, I am happy to move on to theContinue reading “Welcome Horse – Goodbye Snake”

Todays Children – Tomorrows World

What steps do you take when your child has a temperature? I usually monitor them for a day to see how they get on. If their temperature remains high I reach for the paracetamol to bring their temperature down because a high temperature can be fatal. It’s amazing how nature works. One minute they’re jumpingContinue reading “Todays Children – Tomorrows World”

National Energy Review – We need a Vision

Well that has been some week! I met with my local Senator, John Whelan, last Thursday January 9th. We had a long chat about Ireland’s energy policies and everything they evoked. We agreed on lots but one thing in particular – Irelands energy policy needs an overhaul – a complete, extensive review with public participationContinue reading “National Energy Review – We need a Vision”

Ireland – Biofuels, palm oil and industrial waste.

I became aware of NORA – National Oil Reserve Agency while researching Peak Oil back in 2007. A recent document posted on NORA, the state body with responsibility for implementation of the Biofuel Obligation Scheme states some disturbing plans related to palm oil. It reads: “Proposed Determination To Whom it may Concern In accordance withContinue reading “Ireland – Biofuels, palm oil and industrial waste.”

Obamas Climate Change Plan – One mans gift of hope for the future.

Addressing future generations, Barack Obama chose Georgetown Campus to launch his Climate Change plan on Tuesday June 25th 2013. This is what I took from it.  First and foremost he addressed the young generation. Later stating “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing. And that’s why, today,Continue reading “Obamas Climate Change Plan – One mans gift of hope for the future.”

Honoring Elders – wisdom of old

I found myself in the midst of some climate change deniers on facebook today. I hate engaging in climate arguments – I find at this stage anyone in denial is so caught up in the propaganda that there’s no point. They just want to play ping pong with everything you say and dip into theContinue reading “Honoring Elders – wisdom of old”

Clearing out Clutter – why?

I suppose it all started to spill out in writing during February 2013 when, upon hearing of a sudden death, I had the occasion to consider the legacy we leave to future generations. Recently prompted by my eldest daughter to clear out clutter I now begin in the best place to start – my mind. This isContinue reading “Clearing out Clutter – why?”