The public is demanding greater protection for Northern Ireland’s marine life
PEOPLE across Northern Ireland have demonstrated their clout by helping to highlight the urgent need to protect the region’s marine life through supporting the SeaChangeNI campaign.
Over 1,300 individuals have pledged their support for the campaign to ensure politicians in Stormont take urgent measures to protect what the coalition describes as the north’s “rare and unique marine life”. Northern Ireland Marine Task Force’s (NIMTF) Continue reading “People power seeks SeaChangeNI”
Over 170 countries took part in Earth Hour 2015 (London in darkness last year – WWF Media Centre)
EACH of us has a role to play in helping make the world a better place and how better than by simply switching off your lights for an hour from 8.30pm to mark Earth Hour on Saturday March 19.
Light some candles, flick those switches, and become part of WWF’s global “grassroots movement” to protect our planet.
Continue reading “Switch on to Earth Hour”
Pine martens are making a comeback in Ireland’s forests
DESPITE having written about Ireland’s pine martens as a print journalist it was nevertheless a surprise when I recently encountered one myself on a quiet country road.
I was driving my daughter home at around 9pm from a Cubs meeting in the picturesque Nire Valley in Co Waterford – a Nirvana for hillwalkers – when a long-tailed creature dashed in front of the car.
The long body, darkish fur and creamy neck were unmistakable, but I was able to confirm my theory when I got home through my nature bible, the Collins Complete Irish Wildlife.
Continue reading “Close encounter with a pine marten”
Fire fighters battling a 2015 blaze in Co Clare (RTÉ)
THE long-awaited dry spell may have brought some respite from the winter rains, but it has also prompted Irish officials to issue a warning about the dangers posed by wildfires to natural landscapes, wildlife and even human lives.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has said it wants to remind farmers, forest owners/managers and the public that wildfires have caused extensive damage or destruction during the spring months in recent years. Continue reading “Dry spell sparks wildfire warning”
A scene from the stage play ‘This Land’ which looks at how the global fracking controversy impacts the lives of ordinary people – it is due to tour Northern Ireland in April 2016
A NEW play taking a grassroots look at the controversial mining method known as Fracking is set to hit stages in Northern Ireland during April 2016. Fracking play
The play, by Siân Owen, is a co-production by Pentabus Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse, and will tour four venues across the north from April 6-9. This Land Continue reading “Fracking play for Northern Ireland tour”
Wasting food hits our pockets and harms the environment
THROWING away unused food that is past its best is a probably an auto-pilot action for most of us, but what we don’t realise is that when we bin grub we’re also chucking away money.
The STOP Food Waste programme has a raft of startling statistics on food waste in the Republic of Ireland.
Continue reading “Food Waste Costs Cash”
Mucking around is good for kids’ physical and mental wellbeing
CHILDREN’S easy access to modern technology in today’s world is in danger of leaving them cut off from nature.
It’s always tempting for busy parents to use TV, computers and mobile devices to keep their children occupied when life is hectic. But, adults should also look to nature as a valuable resource to keep youngsters busy, active and curious. Continue reading “Nature helps nurture kids”