Leitrim volunteers enjoy Greece

This summer Good Energies Alliance sent 6 young volunteers from Leitrim to Xylokastro, Greece to help the local community take care of the town and prevent forest fires. They spent a month there working together with other young people from various countries within Europe.

This was made possible thanks to the EU initiative called European Solidarity Corps, which brings together people aged 18-30 from all over Europe to contribute to organisations’ daily activities and have an impact on lives of communities.

Short-term ESC volunteers with their Youthpass certificates

The last group of volunteers arrived back in Ireland recently and they gave us feedback on the impact of this project on them.

Cathal Reynolds, 18:

“Work was great, we were at the school most of the time painting and it was really fun with all the other volunteers. We were also in the forest cleaning up rubbish and on the streets cleaning too. What surprised me the most was the heat! I knew it would be hot, but not that hot 😂 and also how the long term volunteers and our mentors welcomed us. The trip definitely changed me. It helped me with my speaking because I wouldn’t usually talk to people I didn’t know“.

Dualta Mitchell, 18:

“All I could say about Greece is that I loved it. Time flew by over there and I got to meet a group of amazing people that I hope meet again some day. And I was surprised how we became great friends in such a short time. All the Greek people were so nice and the Greek lifestyle was definitely an interesting way of life. Siga Siga”

*Siga Siga (Greek) – “slowly, slowly” in the aspect of being relaxed and not stressed.

Alexandra Peralaika

First Leitrim volunteers complete European Solidarity Corps camp

This summer Good Energies Alliance Ireland sent six young people to Xylokastro, Greece to take care of the local woodland and prevent forest fires as part of the new European Solidarity Corps programme. They worked for the local municipality together with young people from Denmark, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Turkey, Poland and France.

The first group of volunteers is only back from their month of volunteering and they shared their impressions with us.

Louis Moreau, 21, Drumsna

“My trip to Greece was a great learning experience. I enjoyed myself thoroughly while facing a number of challenges in an unfamiliar country. The people I engaged with were friendly and welcoming, and the experience as a whole has definitely helped me to grow as a person”.

Christian Wynne, 19, Drumshanbo

“The work we done in Greece involved planting trees, painting a school fence and collecting rubbish around Xylokastro. What surprised me most about Greece was the people and how friendly they were, even though most didn’t speak fluent English they still made you feel very comfortable and at home. The project overall made me a better and more confident person. Although there were slight challenges with language and different opinions, I learned to overcome them and communicate together to discuss it. I have no regrets going to Greece, and would recommend it to anyone. It’s been a memorable experience and I won’t forget it”.

Shane Cronogue, 25, Carrick-on-Shannon

“The work I did in Xylokastro was very rewarding and it was great to work as a team helping to paint the local school.
It was great to learn about other people’s culture.The project was sometimes challenging and other times fun, but it was great to see everyone motivated and helped each other to finish work. I feel I have grown as a person and have made new friends and created special memories during my stay in Xylokastro”.

 

Alexandra Peralaika

PBP Bill calls for stop to oil and gas projects

Adoption of the fossil fuels Divestment Bill

Adoption of the fossil fuels Divestment Bill – October 2018

 

Tuesday 21 May 2019, People Before Profit party has proposed a bill to remove liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fossil fuel projects from access to fast-track planning approval.

“If we are serious about the climate emergency that was declared, it is simply unacceptable that fossil fuel companies seeking to profit from the destruction of the environment could develop infrastructure to lock us into further dependency on fossil fuels,” Mr Boyd Barrett said. 

Good Energies Alliance Ireland supports this initiative. Our “fossil fuel dependence” has to be solved by innovative and breaking solutions. We consider that it is now necessary to direct funding (public and private) towards renewable projects and low carbon economy.

 

 

 

Great news! Dáil declares climate emergency

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 Photo: David Tong, via Wikipedia Commons

An astonishing and positive step to fight climate change

GEAI is delighted to share the news that on Thursday, May 9th 2019, the Dáil voted to declare climate and biodiversity emergencyWith almost unanimous cross-party agreement, they also agreed to “accept and endorse” the blueprint for action developed by the cross-party Committee on Climate Action.  

“This is a remarkable development by our Government,” said Aedín McLoughlin, GEAI.  “Ireland is only the second country to declare such an emergency and already, across the world, we are being congratulated on this achievement.  Among the first to congratulate Ireland was famous climate activist Greta Thunberg who also pointed out that Climate Emergency means leaving fossil fuels in the ground! Good Energies Alliance is delighted with this declaration and hopes that future actions by this Government reflect the seriousness of the situation and the necessity by Ireland to show leadership.”

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, supports what is happening in Ireland:

Green Party candidate delighted

“With the major Government parties, the Green Party is fully behind the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee,” said Leslie O’Hora, director of GEAI.  “These include a target for Ireland to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the potential for communities and individuals to sell solar and other renewable energies, reform of the CAP to provide more support for diversification of small farms, a new forestry plan and a huge programme of retrofitting public buildings.  Without doubt, the time for action is now!”

The only reservation on support for the blueprint for Climate Action was from Sinn Féin, who refused to support changes in our carbon taxes regulations.

Let us hope that this declaration is not just another example of empty words by our government, but will result in true leadership by Ireland in the battle against climate change!

Mountallen Biodiversity Farm Tour

Good Energies Alliance Ireland is organising the Mountallen Farm Tour, as part of the Biodiversity Week 2019. Local Biodiversity Champion, Tommy Earley, will give a unique tour of his organic farm, which has many interesting habitats including raised bog, woodland, acidic grassland and rare flora and fauna; moths, butterflies and dragonflies to name a few. Tommy will showcase his work on farmland nature conservation.

Book your free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-on-mountallen-biodiversity-farm-tickets-61026678438

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