Climate action and sustainable development

Green and clean. How can local government deliver services and engage citizens for a more sustainable future and a cooler climate?

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Eco-anxiety: what can local government do?

In 2017, an increasingly pervasive worry was defined for the first time by the American Psychological Association as ‘eco-anxiety’: “a chronic fear of environmental doom”. This briefing will investigate the rise of this phenomenon across the world and explore the ways in which local governments can both become more environmentally sustainable themselves and help employees…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Cork County Council: A month in the Life

The latest in our series of briefings exploring a month in the life of an Irish council. In our last instalment of 2019 we’re looking at the many achievements and innovations of Cork County Council from the month of November 2019. Cork County Council is the largest local authority in the country in terms of…

Ireland Briefing

On COP25: “Caught in the devil’s bargain, we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden”

This think piece from LGiU’s Kim Fellows reflects on the progress being made to address climate change, covering on the developments of COP25, the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow, and the actions that local government and individuals are taking to address climate change where those at the international stage are not.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Electric vehicles, environmental sustainability, and everyday life

Richard Kerley writes on the changes that individuals may have to make to address environmental issues if complex, satisfactory solutions are to be achieved, considering a shift to increased electric car usage to illustrate his point.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Mainstreaming Biodiversity

This briefing outlines the importance of biodiversity and explores what local government can do to protect it, defining what ‘mainstreaming biodiversity’ means. Additionally, national and international examples of ‘mainstreaming biodiversity’ are explored,  extracting ways in which issues of biodiversity are being integrated into local government policymaking. This topic may be of particular interest to planning…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Ready for action: Irish local authorities’ climate strategies

Ireland now has a comprehensive and locally-led climate adaptation framework, put in place by local authorities. In this briefing, we discuss the approach to a unified delivery of adaptation across the full extent of Ireland, as well as the background policy environment.

Ireland Briefing
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Youth Assembly on Climate Change – another innovative action underpinning participatory democracy in Ireland

This briefing looks at the most recent initiative on participative democracy in Ireland, The Youth Assembly on Climate Change that sat on 15th November. It marks an initiative that builds upon the ongoing experience with Ireland’s Citizens Assembly as covered in earlier briefings, and has come at a time of unparalleled politicisation of younger people…

Ireland Briefing
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Commercial opportunities from addressing climate change in Ireland

In this short paper, we examine an increasing awareness of the positive features of the need to radically address climate change. Drawing upon a growing international awareness, the paper then considers the huge economic potential for Ireland and, highlighting substantive opportunities for the enterprises and communities of the Country.

Ireland Briefing