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Committing to a veg pledge: a multi–stakeholder initiative to increase vegetable consumption for health and the environment

Wednesday 1st December
Online
Free

Webinar 2: A Bolder Vision for Belfast

Wednesday 1st December
Online
Free

NPA SMARTRENEW RENEWABLE ENERGY PILOT SHOWCASE

Thursday 2nd December
Online
Free

Green Growth Strategy Public Consultation Session 2

Thursday 2nd December
Online
Free

NEA (NI) Energy Efficiency in the Home Information session

Friday 3rd December
Online
Free

Future for Geothermal Energy, NI

Friday 3rd December
Online
Free

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#DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021

Monday 6th December
Online
Free– members only

Building Digital Capacity in the Voluntary & Community Sector

Monday 6th December
Online
Free– members only

Net Zero Culture

Tuesday 7th December
Online
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Irish Geoparks Forum – Climate Change: past, present and future

Tuesday 7th December
Online
Free

AFBI Economics Research Conference

Wednesday 8th December
Online
Free

Climate and Biodiversity Ambition: Shared Island as a Catalyst

Wednesday 8th December
Online
Free

Responses to challenging visitor pressures and behaviours

Wednesday 8th December
Online
Free for ORN members and £20.00 for non–members

Green Growth Strategy Public Consultation Session 3

Wednesday 8th December
Online
Free

Brexit: A Year in Food, Farming & Agriculture

Thursday 9th December
Online
Free

What have hedgerows ever done for us? (And what we can do for them in return)

Thursday 9th December
Online
Free

Water Framework Directive Statistics Report Webinar

Friday 10th December
Online
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association ‘Climate Change and COP26’ Webinar

Monday 13th December
Online
Free

Draft Green Growth Strategy for NI – Information Session

Monday 13th December
Online
Free– members only

Green Growth Strategy Public Consultation Session 4

Tuesday 14th December
Online
Free

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Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Organisations – Northern Ireland

Tuesday 21st December
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Single Use Plastic 11 January 2022

Over 4 million single use plastics dumped every week in NI – Poots

     


Image via DAERA.

Every week, over 1.3 million single–use plastic (SUP) cups and 3 million SUP food containers are thrown away in Northern Ireland, the majority of which will end up in landfill or in our seas.

The shocking statistics highlight why Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA is once again calling on the public to respond to the Single–Use Plastic drinks and food packaging consultation, ending this week on 14 January.

The Minister said: “Each year, we throw away 70 million SUP drinks cups and 150 million SUP food containers – that’s over 220 million items ending up mostly in landfill or in our oceans. These items can take decades to biodegrade at best, and at worst, some can take centuries. We must take action to stop this pollution and to find better alternatives that our good for our environment.

“In October, I launched the Consultation for the Reduction of Single–Use Plastic Beverage Cups and Food Containers and I extended it for a further four weeks until 14 January to ensure we could get feedback and opinions from as many people as possible. There is growing concern about the devastating impact of this plastic pollution in the long term and its impacts upon climate change and plastic pollution, in particular into the marine environment. I want you to join our fight against this surge of pollution.”

He added: “There’s still time to respond to the proposals, so I would encourage everyone who cares about our environment and plastic pollution to take few minutes this week and get your response in. You can respond at: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-reduction-single-use-plastic-beverage-cups-and-food-containers.”

Read more here.