Does the Hat Matter?

I wasn’t happy when I read this article in the Clare Champion on February 28th 2020: So I decided to write to the Editor that day: I’m just responding to this weeks edition.  I’m a little concerned that people in the council were discussing whether Emeritus Professor John Sweeney should wear his National University MaynoothContinue reading “Does the Hat Matter?”

2020 – Vision

As we enter a new year and new decade everybody appears to be taking stock. Setting my priorities is something I tend to do at the start of every year because I tend to get pulled in many directions which just dilutes my effectiveness. Towards the end of 2019 I started two significant life projects.Continue reading “2020 – Vision”

Final Thoughts to Close 2019

I’ve written 3 whistleblowing blogs in the past 30 hours. These areas need to be addressed to help us progress with participatory democracy enabling a national mobilisation to address climate and biodiversity collapse. I haven’t been very active blogging in 2019 but these stories have been brewing all year. Feel free to use the informationContinue reading “Final Thoughts to Close 2019”

Public Participation – a 2020 Challenge

Election cycles allow the permanent administration undo the dynamic work of visionary, change making elected representatives. Politicians can be closer to public opinion, undoubtedly communicate with the public and will probably bring new perspectives to their roles within government. In a representative democracy this can be a very muted form of public participation as theContinue reading “Public Participation – a 2020 Challenge”

National Lottery Funding for the Environment

In 2013 there was a campaign to have national lottery funds allocated to the natural environment. The list of beneficiaries eligible for funding was under review and as environmental matters are grossly under funded this seemed like an ideal opportunity to have some much needed funds go towards the environment. I remember it as aContinue reading “National Lottery Funding for the Environment”

Want to Participate? Here’s how!

As a follow up to my previous post here is the information, context and questions contained in the long term strategy survey – consultation. Take time to devise responses, perhaps in a document format and then copy and paste them in before December 31st. I have filled in the first 3 to show you itContinue reading “Want to Participate? Here’s how!”

Thank You For Caring

My daughter recently rang me out of the blue. She was listening to people talking about this “green wave” and voters wanting action on climate and the environment. She considered how trendy it is now and wanted to thank me for being at it so long, before it became trendy. That was a good day,Continue reading “Thank You For Caring”

Communicating Climate Change in North Clare

I don’t think anyone could have planned the last few days in Lisdoonvarna in their wildest dreams! It was a climate activists gift. I LOVED it! Last year the local secondary school, Mary Immaculate, applied to the Young Environmentalist competition with an idea about communicating climate change to North Clare. While the students and theirContinue reading “Communicating Climate Change in North Clare”

A Week on from Ennis #SchoolStrike4Climate

What can I possibly add to all the gratitude and awe I have been reading about since last weeks massive school strike? Up to 15,000 in Dublin! 1.4 million across the globe with about 100 of them being at the height in Ennis, Co Clare. It’s typical that my first reaction after gratitude, was howContinue reading “A Week on from Ennis #SchoolStrike4Climate”