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Mid Ulster Vintage Rally

Saturday 2nd June
Springhill, Moneymore
Adult £5, Child £2, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2nd June
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £30, Trailer £15

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Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 4th June
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Portmuck Geology Walk

Saturday 9th June
Portmuck, Co Antrim
No Charge, Donations Welcome

The World of Moths

Sunday 10th June
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Launch Event – INTERREG VA Collaborative Action for the Natura Network Project (CANN)

Tuesday 12th June
Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Free

FSC Tollymore Teacher Training

Tuesday 12th June
FSC Tollymore, Co. Down
£40

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Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reserve – Himalayan Balsam Control

Sunday 17th June
Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reerve
Free

Wild in the Park: Falcons and Friends

Sunday 17th June
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2018

Monday 18th June
See website for details
See website for details

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Grass Roots Summer Outing

Saturday 23rd June
Downpatrick Area
TBC

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Jump in Muddy Puddles Day

Friday 29th June
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

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Time running out on Green Brexit 29 March 2018

Government is running out of time to fulfil its ‘green Brexit’ promise, warns coalition (via Greener UK)

 

Greener-UK

 

Ministers are not backing up their pledges on governance, with bold new laws needed for nature’s recovery and a healthy environment.

Greener UK, a coalition of leading environmental organisations, today warns that time is running out for the government to fulfil its promise of a ‘green Brexit’.

Despite cross–party calls from MPs and peers, the government is declining to carry over all environmental legislation in the EU Withdrawal Bill, risking the protection of nature, water and air quality.

The “world–leading” environment watchdog promised by Michael Gove in the autumn is yet to appear, and there are fears that the proposals will fall short of the environment secretary’s ambitions.

In a recent Efra Committee report, three ministers from other departments were reluctant to support an oversight body fully independent of government. [3] Greener UK considers this body’s independence to be integral to its success in covering the environmental governance gap that will open up with Brexit. A lack of government–wide support would undermine Defra’s ambitions.

As well as the urgency of the Brexit timetable, the campaigners point to the pressing need to act on environmental problems such as air pollution and the disappearance of once common plants and animals from our gardens and countryside.

In a new call to action published today, Greener UK argues that a green Brexit will need:

  • New legislation to build on the full body of existing environmental law;
  • Ambitious and measurable goals for nature’s recovery and a healthy environment;
  • Strong principles to underpin fair and far–sighted judgement;
  • And at least one new, empowered institution to uphold environmental laws, champion citizens’ rights and hold future governments to account.

The Conservative election manifesto pledged to leave the environment in a better state, and an estimated 80 per cent of environmental policy stems from EU law. Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Environment Secretary Michael Gove have all promised to ensure Brexit strengthens our environmental standards.

Amy Mount, of the Greener UK coalition, said:

“The government knows that no one voted for dirty beaches or the disappearance of much–loved wildlife from our gardens and wild places. But with city children choking on unhealthy air, and the future of British farming and fishing dependent on thriving ecosystems, environmental protections are not just a nice–to–have.

“With only one year to go until exit day, there are gaping holes to fill. We need new laws to make the statute book fit for the environmental challenges we face. And we need powerful, independent, well–resourced institutions to hold the authorities to account.

“The UK wants to be an international environmental leader. With ambitious new legislation at home enshrining the highest standards, the UK can credibly push for progress at the global scale. However, it has to seize this moment now, match actions to its green rhetoric and show the world what visionary leadership looks like.”

Read the full press release here…