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The earth is experiencing changes like never before, such as loss of biodiversity, climate change, species going extinct and environmental crises, and the impact is being felt at a local and global level. There is an opportunity right now for communities to be at the forefront of a movement of change towards a sustainable future through behaviour change, role modelling and inspiring innovative solutions.
Conversations to Explore
Consider our relationship to the land, to our native species and trees, waters, coastlines and boglands. What needs to be protected now to sustain the earth for future generations?
How are we planning for our community in a world affected by climate change, depleting resources, threatened food security and loss of biodiversity?
Take a walk in your local area with members of the community, along with any staff and volunteers who will be involved in driving this Sustainable Communities work forward in your community.
Notice nature… notice the air, the green spaces, the trees, the plants… notice how the birds and animals interact with nature… notice the feeling of peace that comes when spending time in nature… notice how sacred and delicate nature is and feel the responsibility of humans to look after her.
Host a conversation outside on the importance of protecting nature now and for future generations. What are the benefits we see for our community if we were to operate more closely in line with nature? What changes could we make in the short term and the long term, and what support would we need? Are there people within the community who could join with us in this journey?
Further Resources & Supports
‘Our Sustainable Future’ plan for Ireland: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/sustainable-development/our-sustainable-future/Pages/default.aspx
www.epa.ie/livegreen – a portal that provides advice, awareness and education on sustainability at home and in the community
LA21 Funding for increasing environmental awareness
www.localprevention.ie – some brilliant and community grown solutions of what is happening to address many of the issues we have mentioned.
Friends of the Earth: www.foe.ie