Global Strike for Climate Action Friday 20th September 2019

Press Release From Trócaire: A Global Strike for Climate Action has been called for Friday 20th September.

There’ll be millions marching across the world. 

You can join a strike taking place near you or you can organise your own action in your community. Together we’re going to make this the biggest mobilisation ever, because we know it works, and we know it’s urgent.

In March this year, 16,000 young people across Ireland and 1.6 million globally came out on a School Strike for climate action. The power of young people walking out of school was so strong, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar had to come out and say he supported them.

A massive increase in climate action and ambition is urgently needed globally and here in Ireland. 

The impacts of climate change are already visible here in Ireland, and as we know only too well, it is having devastating impacts on poverty and hunger in the countries where Trócaire works. Communities in the Horn of Africa have experienced extremely low levels of rainfall for two consecutive seasons. This is coming after a severe drought two years ago. Communities simply do not have enough time to recover from the losses incurred from one drought before the next drought hits.

We need to make September 20th the moment in history after which no politician can allow further harm to our climate – and to do that, we all need to come out and support the young people who are leading the way, fighting for their future.  Click here for info on the Dublin and Cork #ClimateStrikes.

If you can’t make it to the Dublin or Cork strikes, you can organise something in your community/town or workplace. Go out on the street or to a local landmark with your colleagues at lunch and take a picture in support of the strike or meet up at your school gate or work entrance….more ideas here. If you are organising something please register it on the Action Map here.  

Our friends in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition will add your event to this Map, which shows where similar events are happening around Ireland, there are already 50+ planned! Let’s show our decision makers that people right across the Island are calling for action.

All the resources you could need are here.  Once you register your event, you will be linked up with a brilliant team of Climate Strike Volunteers who will give you any support you need, getting into the local press, writing a press release or recruiting a team of helpers as well as attendees! 

Check out schoolsclimateaction.ie  and fridaysforfuture.ie to stay up to date.

Remember, join your local strike, or organise a local action and post it on the Action Map. See you on the streets on September 20th!

Reduce Christmas Waste with Zero Waste Festival Ireland

The next Zero Waste Festival takes place 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday 2nd December at the Green Door Market in Bluebell Business Park, Dublin 12.

Zero Waste Festival Ireland will bring you talks, workshops, info-stands, swap-shops and a market, all dedicated to helping you reduce your waste this Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time to keep your bins empty and your recycling pile small, but during this day-long event you will get tips on cutting down on waste from food and packaging, gifts and wrapping, decorations and festive dressing and even pre-Christmas cleaning!
From making better choices of materials to reusing and upcycling what is already created, there will be something to be learned for everyone, no matter where you are on your journey. For your first foray into Zero Waste, stop by our
info-stand for a quick primer or sign up for a talks&workshops pass for more insight.
Zero Waste Festival Ireland is a volunteer-run event and this time there is free entry to the info-stands, swap-shops, market and drop-in workshops. A talks&workshop pass (€10/€8 concession) is needed to access the talks and
workshops on the mezzanine level. Tickets (€3) are also required for the ‘Tree-Planting with Santa’ children’s event.
More information, schedule and tickets to the event are available from the website www.zerowastefestival.ie, on Facebook @ZeroWasteFestivalIreland, Instagram @zerowastefestirl and Twitter @ZeroWasteFest.
The zero waste movement is an environmental lifestyle adjustment aimed at minimising landfill waste, through cutting down on consumption, choosing reusable, recyclable and compostable materials (in that order) and trying to
repurpose materials as much as possible. It is based on the 5R’s – REFUSE what you don’t need, REDUCE what you do have to buy, REUSE what is already available, RECYCLE what can’t be used anymore and ROT (compost)
the rest.
For Tickets, location map and more information visit www.zerowastefestival.ie/2018-12-festival/

Downsizing for a Simpler Life

What would downsizing your life mean for you

As my friend and I walked and talked about our lives recently we realised how much we’d like to spend more time in nature, growing food, doing  yoga etc. 
I began my ecoactive journey as a result of wanting to meet like minded people and get inspiration on how to live a happier, more fulfilling life that allows nature to be a big part of every day. When I did my 2 week EcoTour in 2014 I had such an amazing experience. I saw the beauty of places I had never visited before;  Leitrim – Magnificent and wild west-ish, Sligo – so fresh and exciting, Meath – reminded me of France!, mystical Waterford, beautiful Kerry, Galway and Cork – those sheep that you always see in typical Irish postcards – they exist! I came home invigorated, inspired and raring to go!
Unfortunately, as a home buyer of the boom my financial circumstances dictated I dedicate 65 hours a week out of a 5 day allowance of 80! However, I have since managed to take control of this and absolutely LOVE my little cottage. 

Thankfully I have never let go my dreams of living life the way I FEEL I need to live it – less consumption, more time in nature, less ‘stuff’ more time. Time. Time to meet friends, family, new people. Time to learn how nature works through observation. Time to cheer up someones’ day. Time to cook and bake. Time to build,Time to make music, Time to sew, Time to fix that gate! Time to THINK! Time.
I know lot’s of us feel like this and many have so many commitments it can seem impossible to imagine ever getting ‘free time’ but by consciously making the decision to use what time you have for the things that REALLY make you happy you can be sure that you’re on the right path.
For eg, instead of accepting a night in front of the TV why not meet your mates for a theatre or comedy show? You will spend about the same amount of time but have made memories, deeper connections and laughed or cried (depending on the show you choose lol)! 
Shopping is another thing that can waste a lot of time. Make sure to only buy what you need and not what is being advertised in your face all day every day. Do you really need another pair of trousers/dress/top/shoes? Plan your grocery shopping with a list that covers your meal plans for the week and don’t dilly dally! In and out. done. More time to spend doing things you really enjoy. Of course it’s possible that you enjoy shopping – in which case, fine. #HappyOut. 

If any of this hits home with you I suggest you check out this nice overview of downsizing from shalommama.com where she shares her own experiences and asks to consider 7 reasons why downsizing for a simpler life might be for you:

  • Health – Just like Shalommama I now have time to research and implement the things I learn about, like real food and essential oils”.
  • Creativity – Shalommama points out how creativity fuels creativity – it’s so true, when I get the chance to actually make something I find the whole process so satisfying and inspiring.
  • Stress – Whilst I find that Yoga and Spinning help alleviate stress for me I still don’t need to be doing so many of the things that I am still doing for others. Time to reassess.
  • Relationships – What works against relationships more than money! I’d rather spend more time walking and talking and hanging out together than worrying about money. Try giving one another a massage or just dedicating an hour or two to things they like doing. Thankfully we both love to garden so a day pottering about in the garden is a joy!
  • Freedom – Freedom from expectations – Many of our expectations for ourselves are made by ourselves – be kinder to yourself. It’s a crazy busy world out there. 
  • Money – I love Shalommama’s line of “You can’t spend yourself out of financial stress”.  Having a better insulated home, less petrol requirements, growing more of my own food etc will also mean less money spent or needed. I’ve made a plan, I am implementing it. How about you? What do you think downsizing might mean for you?
    Read Shalommama’s article here >>


Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 – 200 Hours

I can recommend this Yoga Teacher Training Course for those who may also just want to explore Yoga for Personal reasons! I am thoroughly enjoying it and look forward to giving Yoga Classes in the future to groups and friends. 😀 
ॐ Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 – 200 Hours “ The Art of Teaching Yoga” ॐ
Starting Date: February- 25th,26th, 2018. Bree, Wexford.
Here at Earthwise Yoga our yoga teacher training course provides all the necessary skills to enable you to share yoga with others, giving you a firm foundation in the ancient system of yoga whether your intention is to teach, deepen your own knowledge, or move towards advanced levels of yoga. This course is a basic introduction to the fundamentals of yoga practice.
Discover more or apply online at earthwiseyoga.ie/yoga-teacher-training/

ReNature Retreats Unplugged Eco Yoga Retreats

3 Nights/4 Days Unplugged Eco Yoga Retreats
Get back to nature in the wilderness, disconnect from your busy life, relax, de-stress, be calmer, happier and healthier!
Back to Nature Retreats – The Antidote to Stressed Lifestyles
Take time to slow right down into the moment, coming back to your self in mind and body.
It’s about getting back to your authentic self, minus distractions like technology, work, media, stress & artificial environments.
You will emerge reconnected, restored and relaxed.
Your shoulders will drop, your smile broaden and you will sleep deeper.
Contact Us to book an Eco Yoga Retreat for your group >>

Seaweed Foraging – Irelands Ancient Feast

Those of you who know me know I am a great lover of nature and incorporating that into a bit of an adventurous day out is what I love! 

Having been out on one of these seaweed foraging experiences I can heartily recommend this as a unique and fun adventurous day out! 

We have been inspired by the Ireland’s Ancient East concept to think about the earliest, ancient settlers of this island, and what foods they lived on.We have researched the plant and animal species living here at the time, about 8,000 years ago and created a range of dishes based on what was available to those Mesolithic people. With some concessions to modern tastes, we hope to share that on the new moon in July. We will start foraging on the shore for seaweeds and continue through the Anne Valley gathering wild plants. Come with a spirit of adventure and take a walk on the wild side!

Interested in an experience like this? Contact Roz Today>> 

Find It, Pick It, Cook It, Eat It Forage

One Day Forage for all ages 

foraging-workshopThis event is part of a number of CELT weekend events being held at Loughrea, Co Galway.
Saturday May 7th 2016
This Find It, Pick It, Cook It, Eat It workshop will help you know all about wild safe food. A relaxing day in the wilds looking for wild safe foods including fungi, fruits, nuts and berries. Suitable for all the family. Learn how to make Beech Leaf liqueur, Sorrel Tabbouleh and find wild greens for salads. Turn your hand to making Wild Garlic Pesto and delicious salads from the wild.
Interested in booking an event like this? Contact Roz Today >>

Wild Food Foraging


Foraging workshop – Learn how to forage and cook wild food available from early spring to early summer.
Accommodation available on site in self-catering eco-cabins.
Interested in an event like this? Contact Roz Today >>

Foraging for Seaweed

Seaweed Foraging on Kilfarrasy Beach, Waterford

Fenor, WaterfordSaturday dawned bright and clear as we awoke early to ensure we made it on time to Fenor, Co Waterford where we would be spending the day on a Seaweed Safari! 
As I live just 7km from a number of beaches I was very keen to learn how to identify edible seaweed and so my partner and I set off at 9.30am from Gorey arriving at the scenic village of Fenor just outside Tramore on the Copper Coast at 11.45am.
Fenor BogAs the meeting time was 12 noon we decided to take a short stroll around the area first.
Upon rounding the corner we discovered that we were at Fenor Bog! Fenor means  “sunny side of the hill” and indeed this is a lovely bright and well laid out walk perfect as part of a family day out on the Copper Coast.
We had bumped into a few other people, some on their own, some couples and some bff’s who were also here for the event – (I recognise people meeting for Eco Events by now), and then our guide Marie arrived, warmly introducing herself and her hubbie.
Always check the health of the seawater We set off, car pooling where possible, to Kilfarrasy beach just a few minutes down the road where we reconvened to hear Marie explain the importance of first checking the health of the water in any area that one might be considering Seaweed Foraging in.
As Marie led us to the seaweed covered rocks and pools she explained a bit about the history of the area and the beach having spent many happy days in her youth here.
We were first introduced to Sleabhcàn Seaweed, the Atlantic version of Nori, used for making laver bread and rather tasty raw. Marie explained the importance of sustainable harvesting then proceeded to show us how to select a section for cutting and demonstrating same.
seaweed foragingNext was Gut Seaweed – not as nasty as it sounds lol- but yes, named because apparently it makes one think of guts! Bright green in colour and great in salads, raw or stir fries.
Wrack Seaweed followed- ideal for and often used in Seaweed Baths – two fistfuls of this natural beauty ingredient  is enough for an average bath – particularly at this time of year as it is rather gelatinous.
seaweed foragingOne of the more well known, Dilisk aka Dulce was met with oohs of recognition, a red seaweed that makes a tasty salty snack when washed, dried. Kevin piped up that it was particularly nice with a pint of Guinness and some hummus… Our thoughts turned to the tasting we had been promised later 🙂
Incidentally Dulce has apparently 4 times the amount of iron that steak has – with none of the fat! Ideal for use in omelettes, stir fries, risottos and in making bread – nice!
Sea Lettuce is a bright green wide leafed Seaweed found in rock pools and can be eaten raw- as we tasted it we agreed that this was one of our favourites so far.
seaweed foragingA curly moss-like Seaweed sitting on the rocks was Carrageen Moss often used in mousses and desserts (and toothpastes due to it’s unique texture) – in fact the ingredient often found in many desserts ( E417 ) is actually Carrageen extract! As it has a 2 year lifecycle it is very important that it is managed sustainably (for eg only using 1/3 of any plant). As there is a copycat seaweed that is not as tasty ( great pipweed) identifying Carrageen correctly is rather important – unlike it’s impersonator (which can be eaten but not very nice) Carrageen Moss has soft tips with individual ‘horn’ type tips per strand.
seaweed foragingMy fav – Spaghetti Seaweed was next – WOW! Great texture and can be eaten raw BUT do wash it carefully in the seawater (as with all seaweed) then doublecheck it for tiny Blue-rayed limpets that tend to live here!
Marie was keeping an eye on the tide- we had begun our trip out as the tide was going out and soon it was time to head back in – (she also gave us a nice tip on how to identify the watermark of a full tide on beaches that might be new to you)
Before we headed back in Marie showed us some Sweet Kelp – described as Alligator looking. It is important to bear in mind that Kelp has a lot of iodine in it and, dependant on levels, can be too much for the body. This was another contender for Kevins’ ‘crisps of the year’ award incidentally!
There were a few more Seaweeds explained and tasted then we head back to the beach where Kevin had been busy setting up a  tasting table for us eager beavers. On the way I ran into my old pal Brendan Mc Carthy of BMC Design.ie who designed my lovely logo! Small world eh? 😉
Tasting TableWhat a delight the tasting table was, we got to try Maries’ home baked Beetroot & Dilisk Bread (out of the oven that very morning!), Mushroom and Olive Caponata (more please!!), Salsa with Seaweed added and Marie gave us a few tips on creating our very own dried Seaweed flavourings. #NiceOne – We even had…. wait for it.. Chocolate mousse with seaweed – It was GORGEOUS! Healthy Chocolate – what’s not to like?!!
A fantastic few hours in wonderful company and learning so much as you go.
Think your group would enjoy a Seaweed Foraging Feast? Get in touch and we’ll do the rest!
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