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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

Saving and Generating Energy – the Co–operative Way

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

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TEDxStormont COUNTDOWN

Saturday 10th October
Online

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Autumn Nature Immersion – 6 Week Online Course

Monday 12th October
Online
£65.27

Climate injustice: transforming many small actions into a collective response

Tuesday 13th October
Online
Free

Maximising Opportunities for Outdoor Learning

Wednesday 14th October
Online

Soil to Catchment Management of Agricultural Nutrients

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events – How are things going in light of Covid–19?

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Standardising environmental and social impact in land–use investment

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment Part 2

Tuesday 20th October
Online
Free

SKILLS MATCH WEBINAR | Communication Tools for Effective Leadership & Project Management

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Community Energy: Its role in the future of NI’s energy system.

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Impacts of the environment, nutrient loading and other human pressures on life in rivers and lakes

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Priorities for NI infrastructure – economic recovery post COVID–19, funding and delivery, and the role of City and Growth Deals

Wednesday 21st October
Online
See website for details

Understanding Fuel Poverty and the implications for Health and Wellbeing

Thursday 22nd October
Online
Free

EEA COVID Debate No: 4 – COVID–19 and Nature –– The Planetary Boundaries

Thursday 22nd October
Facebook Live
Free

UK higher education and net zero – the curriculum, collaboration, and sustainable estates and practices

Thursday 22nd October
Online
See website for details

Changing the Focus – wildlife recording during lockdown

Friday 23rd October
Online
Free

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Reducing Carbon Usage Online Talk: XRNI with Jim Woods

Sunday 25th October
Online
Free

Halloween at Clifton Street Cemetery

Monday 26th October
Clifton Street Cemetery
£8

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Where the land meets the sea – a holistic approach towards the sustainable management of the marine environment and natural resources

Wednesday 28th October
Online
Free

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Modernising and Decarbonising Energy in the UK Forum

Friday 30th October
Online
Private Sector £292.50 +VAT Central Government £247.50 +VAT Local Government £225.00 +VAT Emergency Services/NHS £225.00 +VAT Higher Education £225.00 +VAT Voluntary Sector/Not for Profit £225.00 +VAT Concessionary Rate

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25 NGOs sign Green Recovery plan 18 November 2020

Green recovery plan can boost jobs and nature in Northern Ireland in the aftermath of Covid–19 (via RSPB NI)

 

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(Image via RSPB NI)

Investing in Northern Ireland’s natural environment has a vitally important role to play in the economic recovery from Covid–19, leading RSPB NI to propose a five–point plan to deliver a ‘green recovery’. There has never been a more important time to invest in the protection and restoration of the environment. The pandemic should serve as a reminder that our economy and the health of society are dependent on a flourishing natural world.    

RSPB NI is proposing the following five–point plan: 

  1. Commitment to a green recovery from the Northern Ireland Executive
  1. New legislation to tackle the climate and nature crises 
  1. Reform strategic government policy  
  1. Deliver a Green New Deal 
  1. Invest in nature to support healthier communities 

Delivering these steps can boost our short–term economic recovery (through job creation), restore and maintain our natural environment both on land and at sea and help tackle climate change, whilst creating the longer–term conditions for greater prosperity and well–being in Northern Ireland.

RSPB NI Director Joanne Sherwood said: “We need to seize this opportunity to deliver a green recovery and build a more resilient economy, with healthy communities and a thriving natural world at its heart. Delivering on each of the five points we’re proposing in the Green Recovery Plan will bring vital employment opportunities.   

“Decisions taken now will have a major impact for many years to come, so we must embrace the idea of a green recovery and lay the foundations for the greater prosperity and improved wellbeing of Northern Ireland and our future generations.”  

Leading economists, businesses and health care professionals point out that a green recovery will deliver greater economic benefits and provide a healthier, fairer society. Many organisations and institutions, including the UN, the European Council and the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co–operation and Development) have endorsed this approach.  

Economist Dr Matthew Agarwala, from the University of Cambridge, said: “Governments around the world are making trillions available for Covid support and stimulus packages. The question is whether we invest those funds in the skills, jobs, and growth industries of a sustainable 21st century, or waste them trying to preserve the 1970s. The most important lesson we could learn from this pandemic is that it’s far cheaper to protect and preserve nature than to suffer the consequences of destroying it.” A recent poll in Northern Ireland showed that 74% of respondents now want new laws to protect nature. A Northern Ireland Climate Change Act, as committed to in New Decade New Approach, should be introduced and include a Northern Ireland net zero carbon target and binding sectoral targets.   

In order to reverse the decline of nature in Northern Ireland, a framework of legally binding nature recovery targets must be introduced; and there should be a robust legal duty on the NI Assembly and public bodies to meet these targets. A Northern Ireland Environment Strategy should be published and underpinned by legally binding long–term and interim targets. RSPB NI has a list of ‘ready to go’ projects that offer the NI Executive the opportunity to create jobs, start to halt and reverse biodiversity declines, and begin a green recovery from the Covid–19 crisis. The projects cover climate change mitigation, habitat restoration, and species recovery across Northern Ireland and represent an initial step towards delivering a green sustainable future for generations to come.  

A wider work programme that builds on these projects could collectively provide 2,000 jobs across Northern Ireland, lock up carbon with a value of well over £1 billion and provide widespread economic benefits. 

The Northern Ireland Executive must lead and support a green recovery to deliver urgent action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises. With the UK Government hosting COP26 (The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in November 2021, where a new global framework for climate action is set to be agreed and the Convention on Biological Diversity due to meet next year to agree new global targets for biodiversity, the First and deputy First Ministers should publicly demonstrate their commitment to tackling the climate and biodiversity crises through a Green Recovery Programme.  

Dr Agarwala concluded: “It’s not about choosing between healthy ecosystems or healthy economies, it’s about understanding how a healthy environment enables economic prosperity. “In the months and years to come, health, jobs, and growth will be the priority for households and governments alike. Strategic investments in a green recovery can create jobs in construction, energy, infrastructure, and environmental restoration which can get people back to work now, putting our economy on track to meet net zero. A key bonus is that these investments will also reduce energy bills, freeing up spending power, and improve environmental and human health.”   

The Five Point Plan can be read in full here…

Webinar: Towards a Green Recovery – 27/11/20

Join RSPB NI and guests including economist Dr Matthew Agarwala, Dr Aoife Ní Lochlainn (Nevin Economic Research Institute) and Richard Ramsey (Ulster Bank) on Friday 27 November from 12.30pm for the webinar Towards a Green Recovery, exploring how a green recovery can lay the foundations for a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous future for Northern Ireland. Info here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pal-yf_UML4&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=RSPBVideo