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Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches

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Me and the Great Yellow Bumblebee

Some of you may have gotten the impression that I have some opinions about bee conservation. So now I'm putting my money where my mouth is and getting a tattoo of Ireland's most endangered bumblebee to raise funds for the... Continue Reading →

People for Bees

The Irish Wildlife Trust runs lectures and workshops in local libraries and community centres around Ireland, teaching people about bees and what they can do to help them in their areas and in their own gardens. Tidy Towns committees have... Continue Reading →

How to communicate biodiversity?

One of my main areas of research is in biodiversity communication and advocacy. While I can provide all the proper definitions of biodiversity recognised by the UN there is always an issue in its communication in that you are basically... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Water: the heart of Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is not a new idea but it is one gaining ground in mainstream media and consciousness. Environmental justice refers to a number of connected ideas. Access and ownership of natural resources. Equitable burden sharing from environmental damage. Writing... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Services in Ireland

I have made my feeling on the state of mental health services in Ireland known in asides many times. But this Mental Health Day highlighted the disconnect between what the Irish government and its various agencies claims, and what they... Continue Reading →

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