Category: Environment

Sustainable Lifestyle Bloggers Lie But it’s OK

The problem with “sustainable lifestyle” bloggers is that they’re liars.   That does not mean that they are always lying on purpose or that a sustainable or minimalist lifestyle is not a good thing to have but ultimately, they’re selling you something, an ideal, and like much you will be sold in your life –

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Has Ireland’s environmental activism lost its teeth?

One of the strongest memories of my childhood was my family visiting the eco-warriors who lived in the trees in Glen of the Downs woods beside the N11. We had recently moved to Bray, the M50 did not exist and the N11 was a lane narrower then it is today. Whole families of people had

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Ireland needs Solarpunk

What has a genre of eco-speculation got to do with Ireland’s changing political landscape? What could solarpunk offer a country that is not actually famed for its sunshine? “Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and

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We call it Heritage

Ireland occasionally trips over its relationship with its own heritage. In the same week that Donald Trump declared March, Irish-American Heritage Month, to the discomfort of many, Irish minister for ‘Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs’,  Heather Humphreys proposed a bill being known as the ‘Heritage Bill’ which contains provisions thought to actively harm the Irish

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Sonnet for Unlovable Nature

Celebrate saving the less charismatic Write odes to plankton, snail and flies, Our love of birds and mammals may be automatic, But we struggle to value lichen in our lives. It’s harder to to sing of fungi than tigers, Hard to remember the worm in the earth, Diversity means algae as much as flowers So

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Digital Media and Nature Conservation

Technology and nature are often portrayed as opposing forces. We are told to “log off” and go outside. The manner in which digital and other medias can extend a love of wildlife and the outdoors to those not raised with it is often overlooked outside of an academic context but there are ways in which the

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Complete Divestment of Irish Public Funds from Fossil Fuels

In a story that at time of writing had not been much picked up by Irish media; Ireland on the Thursday 26th of January 2017 became the first country to fully divest its public funds from fossil fuels. Irish elected representatives (TDs) voted 90 to 53 in favour of withholding the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund of

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Is population growth the biggest threat to sustainable development?

The idea that a rapidly growing population would inevitably result in economic and resource crisis has been part of the popular imagination since Rev. Thomas Malthus published his essay Principle of Population in 1798. Malthus has been largely disproven but the idea that population is the greatest threat remained influential and was seen repeated in

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