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Local green community October events

In the middle of the current century, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Photo: Akil Mazumder.

An Taisce's Green Communities works towards empowering community groups to improve their local environment, enhance biodiversity, and reduce their resource usage.



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10 October 2018

Below you will find details on green community events that are due to take place throughout October.

Vote for your Favourite Irish Green Flag Award Park.

For someone to vote for your Green Flag Award Park they simply visit the website at and click on the Award Winners Tab at the top right of the page. This displays the map of the World with all of the current 2010 winning green flag parks from across the World. You just zoom in to find your park and then it’s a simple voting procedure for all of the parks – ‘click vote for this site’ on the park profile page.

There will be a winner announced for each country.

Voting will remain open until the 14th October and announced on the 16th via the Green Flag Award website

The benefits of community groups joining their Public Participation Network (PPN)

  •  Information: Be kept informed of what is happening in Dublin, such as local funding opportunities, public consultations, events, free training and more.
  • Funding: LEADER and SICAP funding are allocated through the PPN.
  • Influence local decision making: Members of your group can put themselves forward to sit on the secretariat, the LCDC, SPCs or Linkage Groups. From here there is huge potential through these systems to make a difference in local policy.
  • Communication: The PPNs are a network of voluntary groups. Through this network all of these groups can communicate. Member groups have held great events with the help of the PPN, from collaborative workshops and environmental showcases, to expert submissions to public consultations and the creation of public amenities such as orchards and tree trails.
  • Wellbeing Statement: This year, the PPNs are beginning the creation of a Wellbeing Vision statement in each county. These statements are written by the community and encapsulates their hopes for the future of their county. It will then act as a guide for the local council in creating policies for the future, and to steer the work of the PPN. All PPN members will be asked to contribute to the statement. Your input would be greatly appreciated as we are hoping for a strong environmental voice.

Download the criteria for joining the environmental college of the PPN. As you can see, they are very broad, and should encompass just about everyone. They were updated November last year to make them even more inclusive.

One million trees planted by one million schoolchildren.

One million trees is to be planted by 2023 to reach the “Plant-for-the-Planet” challenge.
Join us, it’ll be easy as 1, 2, Tree! Send us a tree-mail!

We organise children to plant trees. Our aim is for every child in Ireland to plant a tree and to sponsor one in the Global South. A million trees by December 2023. Easy Treesy.


The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid + Q&A

Local communities and their environment are brought to the fore in one of the three documentaries at the Irish Film Institute.

The 18.30 screening on Friday 19th will be followed by a Q&A with Feargal Ward and guests – tickets now on sale.

An eccentric north Kildare cattle farmer campaigns for his rights against the planning decisions of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in Feargal Ward’s beautifully nuanced documentary:

Irish Environmental History Network.

The 43rd public meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network will take place on Monday 15th of October at 6pm in room 3106, 3rd floor of the Arts Building TCD. This meeting will feature a guest lecture by Bruno Esperante Paramos of University of Santiago de Compostela which is entitled “Exporting the Green Revolution from the US to Francoist Spain (1950-1962)”.

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Abstract: This lecture analyses the role of US aid in fostering technological change in Spanish agriculture during Franco’s dictatorship between 1950 – 1962. US financial aid will be analysed against the background of the beginning of the Cold War after the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950. I will look at the role played by the Spanish lobby in Washington, Northern American institutions and private Spanish companies that were involved in the authorization of American credits during the 1950s. Specifically, I will examine the contribution of US foreign aid to the installation of tractor factories in Spain and the impact that agricultural credits had on Spanish tractor imports. By uncovering the transnational networks of technological transfers, the lecture thus aims to assess the importance of the Green Revolution paradigm for the industrialization of agriculture at the European periphery.

About Bruno Esperante Paramos: Bruno Esperante Paramos is a visiting research fellow at the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities. He is about to complete his PhD thesis on innovation and technological change in Galician agriculture (1890-2000) at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia-Spain), where he has also been a member of HISTAGRA Research Group since 2015. His main research interests include rural history, the Green Revolution, innovation, technological change and small family farming.

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