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
My past week has been consumed by the proposed Programme for Government in which the Green Party, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael lay out their shared “Vision For Change”. I have been directly involved in the writing of four press releases, three of them welcoming the PFG and one rejecting it. Having had the time … More The Programme For Government 2020
Over the past 3 weeks we have had daily briefings about the pandemic, by the government. The nation has come to recognise the Chief Medical Officer over everyone else in these past weeks. We have an emergency. We have the scientist qualified in that field advising. We are being briefed by the experts in that area. Rightly … More Imagine Science
One significant global action taken during the Covid19 response has been the grounding of airplanes. As well as causing major problems for people stranded abroad, it has messed up lots of our holiday plans. The Irish tourism industry has put a call out for Irish people to holiday in Ireland and help make up the … More Imagine Holidays
Now that many of us have learned to work from home could we continue that trend to unlock the numerous benefits it holds? Less time commuting. Lower emissions. More time with loved ones. More time for hobbies. Greater work life balance. Less stress and more. If we can get all our work done and live … More Imagine the Working Week
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
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, … More Thank You For Caring
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 their … More Communicating Climate Change in North Clare