Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. It generates 600 million tonnes of CO2 a year and other factors are estimated to have an impact even higher than that of CO2. Ryanair claims to be Europe’s “greenest” airline, however, the low-cost carrier was named in a list of Europe’s top 10 CO2 emitters.
Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), an Irish charity committed to tackling climate change, have become significant players in Irish climate litigation. Now, they have been granted special permission to go straight to the Supreme Court, to demand that the government do better to protect our environment.
Ecosia is a search engine founded by Christian Kroll, which gained popularity because of its promise to put 80% or more of its profits towards nonprofit organisations that focus on reforestation. Promising to maintain full financial transparency, it publishes monthly financial reports to build trust with its users.
Climate change and environment issues, in general, are the most talked about topics these days, and for good reason. With all this news of despair and disaster regarding climate change it is easy to think that no matter what we do, nothing is enough. But this isn’t necessarily the case.
Have you ever wondered what our life would be like without chocolate? For Ireland, such a scenario would mean an especially great deal. After all, Irish people are the third-largest chocolate consumers in the world. But even though chocolate is generally associated with feeling good, there is a side to it that speaks a different truth.
As consumers choose to educate themselves and source products that are easy on the environment (and easier on the pocket in the long-term), reusable, eco-friendly and biodegradable sanitary products are on the rise. There is ample opportunity to reduce your period footprint and decrease the environmental impact of a natural bodily cycle.
One person alone might feel as though they can’t make a change, but what happens when 10000 third-level students come together to take one small action each for a better world? This is what STAND, a Suas Educational Development initiative, and the Unions of Students in Ireland (USI) are trying to encourage by partnering on a new platform called 10000students.ie.
One of the primary challenges facing the climate justice movement is the ability to translate environmental and political jargon. The movement has to be inclusive, accessible, fair and all-encompassing – but if we cannot get Green Party or climate-focused TDs like Saoirse McHugh elected to the Dáil, we don’t stand a chance of creating structural change.
The experience of Australia with bushfires is not news. The country, mostly well known as the home of the rarest ecology and unique wildlife in the world, generally suffers its “fire season” from December to February. However, bushfires started as early as July in 2019.
The bread and butter issues of housing and health have remained front and centre in all debates and party manifestos of GE2020, and while they are problems that absolutely have to be addressed, it must be questioned why climate change hasn’t become part and parcel of this discourse.