10 Years of Transition

Warning – National Pride alert!!! One of the highlights of representing Ireland at the International Transition Gathering in Devon recently was the celebration of the project that got the ball rolling on this global movement to build resilience while focusing on a  low carbon, local economy. It all began in Kinsale, a small town inContinue reading “10 Years of Transition”

Have your say in how government consults you

I have observed major issues with Irelands development process during my time as an active citizen in the past 8 years. The government and developers approach is generally to plan and then find out how to manipulate the system and people to allow their plan come to fruition. There is also an apathy within theContinue reading “Have your say in how government consults you”

August Round Up in Pictures

It’s been a while 🙂 Despite the children being off for the past two months I still managed to do stuff! I suppose the most inspiring climate and energy related event was my trip to the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. I was invited to an update on their energy independence initiative. It was great toContinue reading “August Round Up in Pictures”

The Cost of Inaction & #cattlebubble

How do we budget in the coming years so that we can pay fines for not taking action to reduce our green house gas emissions? Where will the money come from? Healthcare? Education? Welfare? Pensions? They are the burning questions I will take away from the first ever National Economic Dialogue #NED15 held on JulyContinue reading “The Cost of Inaction & #cattlebubble”

Up for the Game at Croke Park

Back in 1986 I dreamed of playing camogie with Ballyboden in Croke park. Little did I expect my big game to involve “a leading Irish law firm” at an energy conference in 2015 and my team to be the Environmental Pillar. For me, day two of the energy Ireland conference started at 6am. I wasContinue reading “Up for the Game at Croke Park”

Thanks for the clarity Tommy!

May 10th was the final climate conversation and was hosted in the Abbey theatre, Dublin. I was on after Tommy Tiernan, representing the Environmental Pillar and I didn’t really know what to expect. How was he going to marry comedy with climate change? The whole event is available on YouTube linked here. I was pleasantlyContinue reading “Thanks for the clarity Tommy!”

My piece of paradise

Today I had high hopes of getting lots of advice for my new house. I was heading off to an eco fair where I would meet a human being from the SEAI sustainable energy authority of Ireland, face to face, ask questions, find out about grants and generally get advice on how I move myContinue reading “My piece of paradise”

Meeting Minister White – April 2015

My proposal is to host a national conversation akin to the ideal community conversation by bringing representatives of all of the national bodies of organisations with branches throughout the country to a workshop together and encourage them to replicate the workshop in communities all around the country.

I emphasised the importance of having the farming community at the table. The fact is that if farmers need to keep their methane emissions high sacrifices will have to made elsewhere and that will take a collaborative approach. It may be that a local anaerobic digester will cut out fossil fuel heating for some area of their town bringing the communities collective emissions down.

Empowering the Disempowered

I left my children on Monday November 3rd before heading to Dublin. When I eventually left Dublin Wednesday morning I drove home with tears streaming down my face. I cried for about two hours. It reminded me of that day in February 2013 when I started writing in rhyme following a realisation that just leftContinue reading “Empowering the Disempowered”

Two very different sides to Planning for Energy Infrastructure

On October 21st I attended two very different seminars on the same issue in the same room. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. One cost €190 or so to attend and the other was free. One was positive and upbeat while the other was oozing negativity and mistrust. The earlier of theContinue reading “Two very different sides to Planning for Energy Infrastructure”