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 Good Energies Alliance Ireland Newsletter
Autumn 2020

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter! We are a bit late, as many things are due to the extraordinary times we live in at the moment. But GEAI is still alive and carrying on despite the pandemic and is, in fact, looking forward to a busy year ahead with new and exciting projects, new volunteers and hopes for a new Spring ahead.

We thank all our subscribers for staying with us. We hope that you enjoy this newsletter and promise details of more new projects in the next newsletter soon.

Stay tuned!

Welcome to our new Erasmus+ volunteers

We are very happy to announce that Marine and Silvia, from France and Italy respectively, have joined our GEAI team.  Click on their names to read about their experiences of coming to Ireland during Covid 19 restrictions!
Ask our TDs to close the loopholes in the new Climate Bill

Ireland could have a new climate law in a matter of weeks. But the current draft of this law has some alarming loopholes – that could let current and future governments “off the hook” when it comes to real climate action. For example the Government only has to “pursue” the 2050 objective not achieve it. And ministers aren’t given a clear duty to achieve our 5-year emission reduction targets when drawing up their plans.
Good CAP, Bad CAP
 
The Common Agricultural Policy 2021 - 2027, as published by the EU Commission, had high ambitions regarding the environment and biodiversity. Unfortunately, the European Parliament decided to make changes that completely dilute the original proposals.
To sign the petition for withdrawal of the changed document, click
here
For more information:

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Cróga Action Plan for Leitrim - out shortly!
 
The 3-phase Cróga initiative, initiated by GEAI European volunteers, is coming to its final stage. After Phase 1 - doing an inventory of carbon emissions in Leitrim and Phase 2 - organising local Climate Dialogue sessions, we are now embarking on Phase 3 - producing a realistic plan of action, based on the results of Phase 1 and 2, that will being Leitrim to the forefront of national efforts to combat climate change.
We need your Cróga contribution!
 
Did you participate in our Leitrim Climate Dialogue session? 
Do you think a local climate action plan should come from the ground-up? 
GEAI is in the process of selecting and developing the climate action ideas brought up at our Climate Dialogue sessions by the participants.Those ideas will form the backbone of Leitrim Cróga Action Plan, being developed now.
Would you like to give us a hand with this task?
Do you have an expertise in a specific area (planning, carbon accounting, etc.)?
Give us a shout at goodenergies@geai.ie
Cróga webinar: a Climate Ambassador Talk by Nick
 
Nick, our Cróga research leader and An Taisce Climate Ambassador, gave an online talk as part of the Climate Ambassdor talk series, going through the history of the Cróga initiative, GEAI's ongoing grassroots climate action. Watch the recording by clicking on the link below.
All it takes is an ounce of Cróga!
 
"All it takes is an ounce of Cróga" is the Social Media campaign to publicise our Cróga Report. The Cróga Report gives a detailed analysis of carbon emissions in every activity sector in Leitrim.  We decided to share the essential points through images...

"How green is Leitrim, really?"

“The answer to that question is – it’s complicated!” said Nicoló (Nick) Tria, leader of the GEAI research team on Cróga. Looking at Leitrim greenhouse gas emissions, one could put the blame on the agriculture sector, which alone makes up for more than 40% of the total. While it is true that Leitrim climate-dangerous emissions are double those absorbed annually by local carbon sinks, it is also true that in the all-Ireland context, Leitrim farms have the lowest climate impact and high nature value. This paradox, and more, are explored in Nick's article addressing regional climate justice, the future of agriculture and the commons.

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Our 2-year Strategic EVS project - on video
 
From 2018 to 2020, GEAI hosted eight young volunteers who came to us through the European Voluntary Service, funded by the Erasmus+ programme. Truly we can say that those amazing young people have been the backbone of GEAI and as a result of their work and enthusiasm, we see a bright and sustainable future for us. This video gives an overview...
 
SEAI Energy Awards finalist!
 
Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) with Ballinaglera SEC was a finalist in this year’s SEAI Energy Awards!  Each year the SEAI Energy Awards showcase excellence in sustainable energy across all sectors of the economy. 
 Twenty-four applicants across eight categories were shortlisted, with the winners selected by a VIP judging panel.GEAI was one of three finalists listed in the Inspirational Energy Communities category. 
We congratulate Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community on their outstanding project, which was the winner!.
ACT4ECO Tips for winter-proof home

GEAI is supporting a most interesting European Horizon 2020 project headed by a UCC team. ACT4ECO is a new e-learning platform that will help householders save energy and money by adopting sustainability tips at home.
Climate & Communities on-line climate dialogue
 
In October 2020, GEAI CEO (Aedín) and Erasmus+ team (Nick, Marine and Silvia) co-facilitated an online Climate and Communities Dialogue convened and hosted by An Cosán. This was a pilot to explore how community climate dialogue sessions could be carried out on-line...
 

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