Green Company in Ireland
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As consumers we have control over the things we purchase we can choose organic food or natural cosmetics, products without packaging or local produce. But we don't have control over what the goverment purchases. For example; it is the local authority who decides on what building materials will be used in a new school. An action plan being developed by the Department of Environment will help goverment to buy green. If it comes into force, government departments would take into account environmental elements when buying goods, services or works. So if there was a tender put out to build - say a new hospital – they would give preference to ecological materials and design. With this plan we could see ecological cleaning products used in all public buildings or Leinster House powered by renewable energy!
Green Procurement - PDF 361.97 KB |
Transcript with Patrick Quinn and Minister Eamon Ryan - PDF 241.42 KB
Traveling abroad for a holiday on the beach is what many of us have been planning all year. But do we really consider the impact our holidays have on the environment? The Aviation industry is one of the biggest carbon emitters contributing about 3% of the global total. Each time we fly we contribute to this increase in emissions and consequently to global warming. One trip to the Maldives would use up as much carbon as you should use in a year. Also many costal areas are experiencing pressure from the increase in global toursim. Coral reefs and fish breeding grounds are declining because of this impact. Many people are looking instead for a low impact way to enjoy their holidays by staying in Ireland and rediscovering our beautiful mountains and lakes for relaxing breaks or adventure holidays.
Green Tourism - PDF 354.07 KB |
Transcript with Aoife NicCanna and Nuala McNulty - PDF 235.01 KB
Green business is a good thing for both companies and for the planet. Green products and services have seen a growth in demand due to growing consumer concerns for sustainable production. Businesses have found they can save money by improving their efficiency with fuel, waste and water as well as decreasing their impact on the environment. Business leaders have come to realise that sustainability is the future for busniess and that corporations play a key role in reducing carbon emmisions to mitigate climate change.
Greening Business - PDF 381.97 KB |
Interview transcript with Aoife Nic Canna and John Harrington - PDF 240.98 KB
We live in an era of challenges. Economic uncertainty, climate change and peak oil dominate the headlines. Meanwhile, society becomes ever more complex and the connection between people, their community, and the natural environment grows weaker. Rural communities, in particular, need new models of development to keep the countryside alive. Human beings need to reconnect with long standing values of respect for our environment, our communities and to help to create a sustainable world for our children to inherit. An ecovillage is a model for doing this and can be seen as a modern settlement where humans live in harmony and co-operation with nature, testing new experiments, new technologies and new skills designed to create a more endurable, peaceful and diverse way of life. The Ecovillage Project in Cloughjordan, North Tipperary is Ireland's leading ecological project which acts as a model for sustainable rural development.
Green Company -The Future – Cloughjordan Ecovillage - PDF 370.72 KB |
Transcript with Aoife Nic Canna and Davie Philip and Greg Allen - PDF 243.98 KB
The Transition Towns process, which has its roots in Ireland, has been rapidly spreading throughout the world. The Transition process offers pathways, new ways of thinking and a set of tools that could help us respond to the shocks that we inevitably face. The Transition process is a move away from fossil fuel dependency, where every aspect of our lives is dependent on cheap and available oil, to a relocalised future that is healthy, balanced and resilient. Resilience can be understood as the flip-side of vulnerability and is the ability of a system or a community to hold together and function in the face of disruption and shock. This means having the capacity to deal with adversity and the ability to find new ways of doing things when current approaches no longer serve us. Because the possibility of abrupt breakdown in our vital social, economic and environmental systems is rising fast we need to find ways to accelerate the building the resilience of our local communities. This is what is at the heart of the Transition process and communities everywhere are now exploring how to do more for themselves and be able to feed and power our towns and villages from local producers and resources.
Transition Towns - PDF 361.01 KB |