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
Things have changed with meetings. The formal boardroom has learned to adapt or gone into retirement. Casual group meetings are now a more structured activity. A visit to the grandparents means wiping fingerprints off the screens. People are sharing a cup of tea or glass of wine and a chat with friends via their laptops. … More Imagine Meetings
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
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
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
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