“We need to ensure we can feed ourselves as well as grow an export market. Climate change will affect crops around the globe and we must be able to adapt, possibly even benefit from the situation. Food shortages are probable and mono crops, focused on one product, are inadvisable. Diversifying our farms to include a broad crop base … More Food Rationing, Climate Change and the #cattlebubble
Just as they do in energy, healthcare, education etc there is a “Social Housing Summit” purporting to cover: “Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs This event will be of real interest to all housing specialists, local authorities, consultants, social workers, housing agencies, government departments, regulators, universities, suppliers and manufacturers to the sector. A one-day conference … More For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course
I’ve been invited to attend a policy design workshop in Dublin. Excellent initiative for shared visioning and policy framework building. This is my initial reply. Anyone identify? I’d love your comments and suggestions on this! “I’d love to attend and know that a rural transition voice engaged in public participation is important and will benefit … More The Cost of Participating
That is the message I took away from the Energy Symposium in Cong last week. “If only government would get out of the way!!!” The sentiment was that we are all busy doing nothing on climate change while waiting for leadership from government that’s just not coming. There were representatives from a vast array of … More If only government would get out of the way!!!
Disclaimer – this blog is not a personal attack. Nor is it an attack on the institution in question. The example I use in this blog is real and it is symptomatic of our exclusive policy making for profit society. The institution in question, while I feel they were completely lacking in their handling of … More An exclusive system where money buys power
I’ve just spent 2 days at Silence & Voice Festival of Feminisms which was hosted by the inspirational Clare Womens Network. It was an amazing event they hosted on a shoestring. Years of work culminating in a powerful insight into feminisms relayed through song, dance, spoken word, conversation and extremely engaging speakers. I must admit I … More From Burnout to Balance
At a recent meeting I learned that our universities carry out research based on industry proposals. Where once potential students proposed what they would like to study now industry states their research requirements and students do whatever that is. This opens up many questions. Does this mean the state education budget is funding the research … More Industry driven research
My latest blog was written for the Transition Network ‘International’ series – an insight into national transition hubs. I detailed the work and achievements of the People’s Energy Charter. You can read it here. Meanwhile I am contemplating where to next. At a recent event in Cloughjordan Eco Village about 40 people were exploring how to accelerate … More Brief Update on Transition in Ireland
Why are public bodies supporting exclusive back door policy opportunities? Where are the rural voices in Irelands energy space? Where are the “energy citizens” and local authorities in energy planning? I recently attended the Energy & Climate Conference in Dublin Castle. This time I decided to see if I could encourage others from County Clare … More Actions speak loudest
Last week was a busy week. I attended the Energy and Climate conference in Dublin and then came home to settle into the general election. I say “settle into” because I was engaged more with this one. I actually watched debates, read articles, listened to candidates on the radio – I did more research than usual … More Who really runs Ireland?