Tonight (02.10.2019) I attended a public consultation for the Post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Negotiations. The two hours that I spent there reinforced a few things, and taught me some valuable new points to consider, which are particularly relevant while we all collectively move forward towards a more environmentally focussed, climate conscious nation.
A high percentage of tree cover across a landscape should surely be a positive thing, however when non-native species dominate an area the negative impacts to soil, water quality and biodiversity can be extensive.
Following last weeks intro to the two-part article, we will now elaborate on the extent and nature of diverse native woodland forestry. It is apparent that essential action is required to ensure the sustainable management of nature within woodland landscapes. Since any form of naturalness or wildness has ceased to exist in this World, human interference is required to invest in creating diverse woodland areas for the function of Eco-system services including climate regulation, pollination, species diversity, water and soil regeneration.
Primarily forests don’t act as lungs feeding the bulk of our atmosphere’s oxygen. Rather they host rich habitats for most of the biodiversity on our planet and in terms of climate change mitigation they pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and aid the cooling of the Earth. In light of trending reports on unsustainable forestry and threats to global tree cover we will publish a two-part article discussing the extent and nature of both monoculture forestry and diverse native woodland forestry. Benefits and impacts to both biodiversity and the environment from the two types of forestry will be analysed.
We need to encourage more conversations about climate change.
Maybe this challenge would be really interesting to kickstart me back into reducing my carbon footprint. I never had intentions to achieve a wholly carbon neutral lifestyle, but I wonder what it would entail in today's world. What are the barriers I'm faced with and how am I going to overcome them to achieve my goals with ease? I truly believe this is the key to living more sustainably, if the effort is too extreme you're more than likely going to give up.
As an environmental activist, I am a firm supporter of an incremental carbon tax in Ireland. In fact I’m all for higher taxes when it comes to products and fuels and that are damaging our environment and substances that cause havoc with the health of our society. However, is the Irish nation ready for another tax hit and have the Irish Government failed to lead us into a society which rewards sustainable lifestyle choices?
This week saw the publication of a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ICPP) entitled “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, the most significant warning about the impact of climate change in 20 years. The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared … Continue reading How does Ireland Stack up in the Fight against Global Climate Change?
It has not been until recent years that I have become aware of this single use plastic crisis our Planet is facing. Considering a single use plastic bottle lasts approximately half a century and a single use plastic bag somewhere between 20-1000 years, I can’t help feeling somewhat guilty and overwhelmed thinking about where all these plastics have ended up and just how big my plastic footprint is.