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
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!
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
Todays meeting was about Clare County Councils submission to the RSES Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy. We discussed the document we were handed at the beginning of the meeting which included input from members of the SPC. I learned about a “city of scale”. Effectively the area between Limerick and Galway incorporating Ennis and Shannon … More Report from Economic SPC March 4th 2019
We were updated on the Clare/UL Strategic Development Zone. The proposal is with government and a Strategic Environmental Assessment has been requested before it can proceed. The next stage will be to prepare a master plan which will then be sent to An Bord Pleanala for planing permission. This plan will be subject to an … More Report from Economic SPC Feb 2019
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 headed to the green schools expo last Wednesday soon after news of the proposed Direct Provision centre for Lisdoonvarna broke. I missed the first community meeting and given my recent burnout was happy to be away from it all to be honest. I got the feeling things were not going well at home so … More Lisdoonvarna and the Direct Provision Contract