Global Tree Cover: Regeneration and Sustainable Forestry | I

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.

Global Tree Cover: Regeneration and Sustainable Forestry | Intro

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.

Grow your own seedlings plants

A Time to Grow

This blog post has been a long time coming… Two years to be truthful. Although my dad is a keen gardener I've only caught onto its lure in the last few years. It started with an overflowing garden balcony and then it evolved into hilltop allotment. Throw a few house moves and country changes into the mix and finally I'm settled into a wee garden space where I can grow my own produce and plants on my doorstep. Everything I've learnt about gardening came from my Dad, so I'd like to thank him for that. 

9 Simple Tips for Reducing Plastic Consumption

For more than 50 years, the global production of plastic has increased exponentially. Plastic is a durable, primarily petroleum-based material, which has gradually replaced materials like glass and metal. In Western Europe and North America, approximately 100 kilograms of plastic is consumed each year per person, mostly in the form of packaging. According to the … Continue reading 9 Simple Tips for Reducing Plastic Consumption

The 10 Day Eco-Challenge

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.

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Are you ready for incremental Carbon Tax increases?

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?

Good, Fast and Cheap – Textiles, Consumerism and the Environment

After four years of fashion design study and 10 years working in the garment industry my relationship with textiles has gone thorough swings and roundabouts. I was never a serial shopper (I did enough of that in my day jobs), but I was a mass producer; feeding a market with seasonal ranges of clothing; many … Continue reading Good, Fast and Cheap – Textiles, Consumerism and the Environment

How does Ireland Stack up in the Fight against Global Climate Change?

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?

Deo-lemma

Before I converted to Sustainabilisim (worshippers welcome!) I absentmindedly over consumed, ate meat daily and understood little about the hazardous effects of disposable plastics.  I was also ill informed of the nasty ingredients found in every day cosmetics. As a child I remember my uncle taking part in a televised Eco-warrior project and as I was … Continue reading Deo-lemma

The Professional Eco-Antagonist

Not everyone shares the same moral beliefs or perhaps are in the same positions to make the most sustainable choices. The simple steps we make towards adopting an Eco-friendly lifestyle won't change the world over night but it may inspire a few others in their choices and eventually those attitudes will propagate the system.

Estuaries

Estuaries are river mouths that reach the sea.  They are embayments that experience reduced salinities due to the influence of the flowing fresh river water into the area. The area usually has extensive mudflats or sand flats at low tide, with a build up of silt from the river. This silt is as a result … Continue reading Estuaries

Sustainable fashion research trip LA Abbot Kinney

72 Hours in LA

Excited as I was for the upcoming inspirational trip to LA I was conscious of how I was going to maintain my reduced waste lifestyle approach. Not only would I be clocking up the 5745 air miles to my carbon footprint but I would be living in a hotel and on the go all day, relying on convenience  foods and coffees. I was also conscious that my colleagues were going to get to know me a bit better and be subjected to my consumer habits and dinning behaviour.