Can “Just Transition” fail to be a transition that is just? Definitely. What is needed is a national transition strategy that is just, in compliance with the Aarhus convention, respects everybody equally and supports everyone affected. That must begin immediately. Ultimately this lack of a coordinated, whole of society action is a gross injustice to the young people of Ireland, the world and future generations. … More Can “Just Transition” fail to be a transition that is just?
In 2016 the Irish government announced a National Dialogue on Climate Action. Only 4 events have been held within the past 4 years so it falls on the current government to ensure that dialogue proceeds at pace. In a Covid19 world how will that happen? Convene a National co-ordination team: First and foremost there has … More Climate Dialogue, Covid19 Ready, in 7 steps
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 a … More National Lottery Funding for the Environment
Thwarting – stopping something from happening or someone from doing something Subversion – the act of trying to destroy or damage an established system Big words that describe how my year got off to a start. This is the story of how I prevented someone in the Department of Rural and Community Development, DRCD from destroying … More Thwarting Subversion
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 it … More Want to Participate? Here’s how!
Congratulations yet again to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on another failure to adequately include the public in our national climate plans. The department that has responsibility for the Aarhus convention as well as most consultations to do with climate change and the environment. You would think they would get it right! … More Non Consultation is Key
Submission to National Planning Framework Ireland 2040 Our Plan . Chapter 1 – High Level Objectives . Incorporate the definition of sustainable development. The term is mentioned 20 times within the document without being defined. I propose including it with the list of 4 high level objectives. Perhaps include it as a quote, our intention … More NPF Submission
You may think I need a psychiatric assessment when I say I am really excited about the fact that I have to write numerous submissions in the coming weeks. The Citizens’ Assembly is inviting members of the public, representative groups and citizen organisations to make submissions on the third topic they will consider ‘How the State … More Ireland as a leader tackling Climate Change
On Tuesday May 2nd 2017 at 2pm I sat in my car at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, linked into Leinster House for a meeting with Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment via mobile phone. If you know how the Irish system works you will appreciate the achievement in this. Thank you to my colleagues … More Meeting Minister Naughten
In conjunction with the national awareness campaign, TINI call for facilitated conversations in every town … More National Mitigation Plan – Transition Submission 2017