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Ep 29. Food Security in Ireland – Aisling Wheeler

Despite what we hear about Ireland doing well in terms of food security, it's far more treacherous than we think. Aisling Wheeler talks me through the problems Ireland faces, how it all changed and what we can do to make it better.

  • (05:35) The definitions of food security & food sovereignty, and how we fare in Ireland in regards to that.
  • (10:35) Organic farming in Ireland.
  • (11:45) The knock-on effects of relying on imported goods.
  • (15:45) What changed in recent decades to make our food system insecure.
  • (18:30) What has been done, if anything, in policy or government to help with food security.
  • (22:20) Soil health in Ireland - fertility and drainage.
  • (28:30) The difference between monoculture & permaculture.
  • (32:45) Growing your own food at home, encouraging farmers to diversify & CSA.
  • (37:35) Buying food in season & our relationship with food.

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Ep 27. Creating an ‘A.r.k.’ in Nature – Mary Reynolds

Episode 27 is with Mary Reynolds who chats about We Are the Ark, an initiative to encourage people to give back some land to nature.

Check out their website and join the Facebook group for more information and support!

  • (04:50) What inspired We Are The Ark.
  • (08:05) Where the name came from.
  • (09:00) The importance of putting a sign on your ark.
  • (11:25) How much land is 'enough' for an ark.
  • (13:30) What it means to be a guardian of the earth as opposed to gardener.
  • (16:00) Is an ark compatible with pets and children?
  • (19:00) Getting an ark started.
  • (22:40) Giving sovereignty back to the land.
  • (25:00) Growing food in a wild garden.  Learn more about forest gardening here!
  • (30:35) Restoring your land to what it was before.
  • (34:20) How to go about turning public or government land into arks.
  • (36:30) How we can make sure our artificial outside lights stop damaging wildlife.
  • (38:45) Closing thoughts from Mary.
  • (43:20) What we need going forward to get systematic change.

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Ep 25. Bia Hero & Grow Your Own Food – Sinéad, XR

For episode 25, I chatted to Sinéad Renu Sheehan from Extinction Rebellion about a new campaign called BiaHero. This community led campaign encourages people to start growing their own food at home and provides a support network for all your questions via a group on Facebook.

In this episode, we cover:

  • [02:20] The definition of food security. 
  • [06:00] Why BiaHero started and the importance of it in regards to food security.
  • [11:10] Where to start when it comes to growing your own food: the seeds.
  • [15:24] Getting the right soil.
  • [17:15] Why you usually. start sowing inside first.
  • [20:41] How to choose what to start planting.
  • [23:50] What you can grow all year round.
  • [25:00] How to manage surplus products.
  • [29:05] How to be creative if you don't have any land.
  • [33:09] Guerilla Gardening.
  • [34:25] Composting & feeding your plants.
  • [40:00] How to care for your food during a dry spell.
  • [43:30] Knowing what food needs vertical support.
  • [45:10] Planning for next year.

Don't forget to join the community Facebook group for more tips and to answer any questions!

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Ep 22. Saving the River Poddle – Róisín McAleer

The River Poddle runs through Dublin City, sometimes underground, so not a lot of people know of its importance. Róisín McAleer, a teacher and member of Crumlin Community Clean Up group, tells us about the importance of the river and how it's being threatened right now.

Have a listen and don't forget to sign the petition here and follow the campaign on twitter to keep up to date. Everything else mentioned is linked below.

The Planning documents are available to view here.

Taking Action!

Contact the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme here or email them at info@poddlefas.ie with your concerns for this project. Use whoismytd.com to find your local TDs and contact them too.

You can also copy and paste your email and send it to:

  • floodinfo@opw.ie
  • info@opw.ie
  • john.sydenham@opw.ie - Commissioner of Floodrisk Management
  • john.curtin@opw.ie - Director of Floodrisk Management
  • info@sdublincoco.ie

 

Get Involved With:

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You can see the Poddle in:

  • Tymon Park.
  • Whitehall Road, Kimmage Manor.
  • Poddle Park/Ravensdale Park.
  • St. Martin's Park.

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Ep 13. The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing – Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown to interview Melanie. Her extensive knowledge of conservation made this a really enjoyable educational episode, although sometimes very saddening due to how Seals are suffering at the hands of humans. Have a listen, share it around and be the eyes and ears of SRI when you're out along the coast.

We covered:

  • Melanie's background before coming to work for Seal Rescue Ireland.
  • Facts about the seals that are native to Ireland and how their populations have fared over the years.
  • Why SRI end up needing to rehabilitate seals.
  • How pollutants end up in the sea and what we can do to stop them.
  • The importance planting trees, particularly Riparian buffers, has on the health of the sea.
  • The relationship between seal conservationists and the fishing industry.
  • The benefits of Eco-Tourism.
  • How SRI rehabilitate their seals and releases them.

What to do if you see a seal on the beach:

  • Stay at least 100 metres away.
  • Call SRI's hotline number: +353(0)87 1955393.
  • Keep your dog on a short lead.
  • Do NOT approach the seal or try drag it into the sea!

 

Adopt a Seal here. Your adoption certificate will be e-mailed to you as well as regular updates!

 

 

 

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Ep 5. Tackling Plastic on our Beaches & Canals with Clean Coasts – Richard Curtin

"The thing about plastics, they don't break down, they break up."

Episode 5 is all about the plastic pollution invading our coastlines and how it's getting there. We talk to Richard from Clean Coasts to learn how to deal with it!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Who Clean Coasts are and what they do.
  • How Richard came to work for Clean Coasts.
  • Where the litter on our coastlines comes from.
  • The effect on deep sea creatures. 
  • What we as individuals can do to stop this plastic invasion.
  • Think Before You Flush, 2 Minute Beach Clean and Beat the Microbeads campaigns.
  • The EU's plan to ban single use plastics.

Interested in volunteering with Clean Coasts? You can get in touch with them here.

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-Ceara

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Ep 2. Sustainable Fashion, Politics & Personal Choices with Aoibheann McCann

"When you know, you can't unknow."

In this episode with Aoibhéann, we cover:

  • What inspired her to live sustainably.
  • What's happening (or not happening) with Irish politics in regards to the planet and how we can effect change in our government.
  • Mary Robinson.
  • Personal choices we can make to help the environment.

Businesses, causes and incentives mentioned:

Documentaries:

Follow her on Instagram: @aoibheannmccann

 

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Ep 1. Replacing Leather and Plastic with Cork – Vasco Carto

In this episode we meet Vasco Carto, the man behind Cork Crafts.

We'll be covering:

  • Vasco's background, from Portugal to County Cork.
  • How cork products are made, from tree to shelf.
  • How cork compares to leather.
  • The unsustainable side of the cork industry: illegal labour and cheap production
  • How to diffrenciate between 'counterfeit' cork and legitimate, sustainable cork.

Follow him on Instagram and Facebook to keep an eye out for his upcoming markets. And let us know if you have any feedback!

Ceara x

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