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. … More 2020 – Vision
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
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
During my first 2 pregnancies I had lots of seizures. I spent most of ’92 to ’94 on the couch for safety and a lot of time in the Coombe hospital often via ambulance. It was around this time I watched lots of television which enlightened me about the state of our planet. I became … More Change IS possible
Have you been included in the decisions affecting you? It says a lot about peoples opinion of themselves if they include others in decisions. I’ve seen three examples of different approaches in the past week. One was my first time on the National Advisory Group to Public Participation Networks. By their nature NAGs are just … More Public Participation or Control
As 2018 comes to an end I feel like looking back on the past few years since moving to Clare. My first year was spent working on national energy and climate policy with the Environmental Pillar as well as establishing Clare PPN. It is very easy forget that we can all change the world for … More Changing THE System
I’m sharing this insight because the dark side of community development does need to be acknowledged. Others who experience this pain will know they are not alone in it. It happens. We get over it. We move on. … More Burning Bright or Burning Out?