Posts tagged as: Environment

Encyclical with a distinctive ‘edginess’

With his encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (available online as a long-form letter) Pope Francis has entered the fray not just on the environment and its future but also more broadly on the ethics and impact … More →

Hats off to the SDGs – a brief analysis of the plan to change the world

Where does one even begin to unpack the new sustainable development goals (SDGs)? When in doubt of what to think I always refer to the great Edward De Bono, thinking philosopher extraordinaire. De Bono created the ‘Six thinking hats’ tool … More →

An exemption for business from the ESD strategy? On the silence of the business sector and local government

The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development for Ireland 2014-2020, published over the summer of 2014, includes a range of opportunities and recommendations for development educators which are well worth exploring. But what about education and the “business” of … More →

Celebrity activism: Stars combat global warming

Celebrities doing their bit for the planet? As brought to you by British satirical comic, the Viz. MORE: blog on the main arguments for and against celebrity activism: ‘Sometimes I wonder if I am making it worse, or making it … More →

Greenpeace uses Lego video to target Shell

Capitalising on the popularity of the recent Lego movie – which is awesome – Greenpeace have a lot to say about oil company Shell’s practices. Why should we care if Shell’s brand features in a series of Lego cars?

New multimedia resource brings stories of climate change, water and Bolivia into the classroom

Situated in the centre of the South American continent, Bolivia has a geography that combines high mountain regions in the Andes with large areas of the Amazon rainforest. Not so long ago experts would describe it as a ‘front line’ … More →

The meaning of development from “The Menstrual Man”

I recently came across an intriguing article in the BBC on-line magazine entitled: ‘The Indian Sanitary Pad Revolutionary’. It tells the ‘real life’ story of “A school dropout from a poor family in southern India [who] has revolutionised menstrual health … More →

The climate for activism is now

It’s hard to escape the ‘devastation’ that the ‘adverse weather conditions’ have ‘ravaged’ across the UK and Ireland, to limit it closer to home. Writing from Dublin, we have ‘escaped’ the ‘worst’ of the storms, but the reality of the … More →

Short film: Development – who really benefits?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘development’? Progress?…the gold rush?… land grabs?…jobs and the economy?…heavy industry at work? Since the publication of the short satirical comic ‘There You Go’ by Survival International in … More →

Cartoon of the Month: Leave it as you found it

Should you hand the planet over to your children and grandchildren, saying, “Sorry its broken – you fix it!”? Kicking off our cartoon of the month feature is this climate change and future generations cartoon compliments of longstanding Irish Times … More →