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Events

 

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World People Of Nature Day– Green Childhood

Friday 1st October
Online

Winter Migration Festival

Saturday 2nd October
Castle Espie
See event page

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BITCI– The Sustainability Revolution

Tuesday 5th October
Online
Free

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference 2021

Wednesday 6th October
Online
Delegate places are £55 per person

Peatlands gathering 2021

Thursday 7th October
Online
Free

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One World Festival

Monday 11th October
Mostly online

Do no harm to the environment: translating the EGD into Cohesion Policy 2021–2027

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Rising seas and climate change with Dr Asha de Vos

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Heritage on the Ground

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Sustainable Peatlands: A Win for All

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Natura 2000 logo for goods and services – supporting nature and people for a sustainable recovery

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

Wednesday 13th October
Online
0–£25

NI Waste Expo 2021

Thursday 14th October
Titanic Belfast
Non–qualified individuals are subject to a £250 attendance cost.

NorthernIreland2035– Common Purpose

Thursday 14th October
Online
Free

15

Cave Hill Fungal Foray

Saturday 16th October
Belfast Castle
Free

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“The Climate Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis”

Monday 18th October
Online
Free

Nature Means Business Online Conference

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Nature Means Business

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Practicing Food Sovereignty in the Climate Emergency

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Young Trustees in the Environmental Sector

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Mapping a Just Energy Transition in NI

Wednesday 20th October
QUB Great Hall
Free

The Year of Youth Climate Action: COP26 and Your Role

Wednesday 20th October
Online
Free

Legislating for Climate Action on the Island of Ireland

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

Belfast City Council ‘Go Social’ Virtual Bus Tour – Destination: North West

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

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Just Zero – a Virtual Conference on Financing the Just Transition

Monday 25th October
Online
Free

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Social Enterprise and the Digital Economy

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Countryside COP event

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Climate Resilience Heritage Summit

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Nature Connection, Rewilding and Ecotherapy

Wednesday 27th October
22 University Square
Free

The Social Enterprise Rural Forum

Wednesday 27th October
Online
See ticket types

How can the island of Ireland best contribute to COP–26?

Thursday 28th October
Online
Free

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UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) – Glasgow 2021

Sunday 31st October
Glasgow

      
 

Clean Air Strategy 22 October 2020

Northern Ireland soon to take a step forward on clean air

Clean Air 

Environment Minister Edwin Poots and Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon today marked International Clean Air Day with a commitment to work together and find ways to improve Northern Ireland’s air quality. (Image via DAERA)

 

Northern Ireland will soon move forward on a clean air strategy that aims to make our air quality better, improve our health and wellbeing, reduce pollutants in the air we breathe and protect the environment

Speaking today Minister Poots said: ‘Air pollution can have a serious effect on people’s health.  It also has negative impacts on our environment. I recognise this and that is why I am taking two significant steps in 2020 to address air pollution in Northern Ireland.

“On 7 May, I launched Northern Ireland’s first air quality app.  The app gives the public instant up to date information on the air pollution levels across Northern Ireland. It also provides health advice on the impacts of air pollution and a five day air quality forecast so that people can make informed choices about their health.

“Secondly, in the coming weeks, I will be launching a Clean Air Strategy Discussion document. This is a tremendous step forward in the development of the first Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland. Work has involved close collaboration with other Departments, in particular, the Department for Infrastructure and I encourage engagement with my Department to exchange ideas on air quality issues and mitigation measures.”

Coordinated by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. It seeks to bring together businesses, education and the health sector to increase awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, improve the understanding of air pollution and suggest actions that everyone can take to reduce air pollution.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: “We all have a part to play to keep our air clean. Since my appointment as Minister for Infrastructure, I made a commitment to deliver sustainable infrastructure that will transform our communities today and for the generations behind us.  We are now living in a new normal and part of that is ensuring we create more opportunities for active, cleaner, greener, sustainable travel. 

“My Department has taken forward opportunities to weave blue/green infrastructure together with new cycle paths and footpaths. We have seen how the introduction of greenways has helped to improve the physical and mental health of the local communities they serve, reducing congestion and emissions.

“For journeys where walking and cycling are not feasible, clean public transport must be the next mode of choice. And we are making solid progress in this area. The success of the Glider vehicles, which produce 30% less carbon emissions than the buses they replaced, demonstrates what can be achieved with a well–designed and attractive sustainable transport option. Earlier this year I was delighted to announce a £4m investment in carbon neutral Hydrogen technologies. This was a joint first step from Northern Ireland’s private and public sectors towards investing in zero emission fuels and fleet technologies.

“Continued investment in sustainable infrastructure will not only help connectivity but will improve our towns and cities, benefitting both our environment and our health.  Sustainable infrastructure has the potential to deliver change within our communities; change that transforms lives, enhances our economy and leads to long term growth and opportunities.”

The air quality app is available to download free of charge from both Android and Apple App stores and a link can be found on the Air Quality Northern website, available at https://www.airqualityni.co.uk/(external link opens in a new window / tab).

The app uses data from the air quality NI website and makes it more accessible to the public, particularly when on–the–go.   A push notification service can also be set up to send a notification to the user’s mobile phone when levels of pollutants are elevated or forecast to be elevated. This information allows users to make informed decisions about their activities on days when air quality is poor.

For more information visit https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/news/northern-ireland-soon-take-step-forward-clean-air