Welcome to Change Making

Note – If you want to delve straight into my blog posts they are listed to the right or below this page depending upon the device you’re using. This page is an introduction to what I do and why I’m here!

Over the years I have found myself ever more conscious of our relationships with each other and with our environment. I am drawn to the sustainability dilemma – how do we meet our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs?

My main focus is Climate Action and the role of Public Participation in it’s success.

Nationally I am on the steering groups of Stop Climate Chaos a coalition of civil society organizations campaigning to ensure Ireland does its fair share to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change and the Environmental Pillar, the environmental social partner made up of Non Governmental Organisations. I am involved with Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland where I coordinated the People’s Energy Charter. I’m a member of An Taisces Climate Change Committee and represent Feasta on the Environmental Pillar. These have given me an amazing insight into national policy making and governance first hand. I was also a member of the National Economic and Social Council and the National Advisory Groups on PPNs.

In Clare, where I live, I spent 6 years representing the environment between the counties Local Community Development Committee LCDC and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee SPC. I represented the Environmental community groups of Clare PPN – Public Participation Network – an independent public participation body to engage with Clare County Council and other policy or decision making bodies. I am involved with Clare Environmental Network, Futureproof Clare, Transition Clare, Extinction Rebellion and locally in Lisdoonvarna.

Here is where I post my insight into the world of policy, the role of corporate lobbies, corruption, parish politics, power struggles, greed and neoliberal capitalism. My life experiences have given me a massive insight into how our society operates and how our country is run. I have had to jump in at the deep end in order to get things done, to change the system so that my 5 children inherit an environment and society worth passing on. If I can do it anyone can! You can be a Change Maker 🙂

Disclaimer – this blog is things as I see them. I report on events as I experience them. I write facts as I perceive them, how I understand them, in the context that they impact on my thinking. I do my best to simplify what I learn because I think in basic. If you feel that I misrepresent them please feel free to send me corrections or a guest blog.

Enjoy x