Greener Living

The Greener Living course brings us together in our communities to look at how we can lessen our load on the planet by changing how we live. The course covers up to 8 main topics from what we buy and how we travel to how we connect with our communities.

The course addresses the nature of the climate and biodiversity emergency we are facing and how we need to respond to that as individuals and as communities. In doing so we draw on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2020, we have been running our Greener Living GAP programme at various locations around the county. Recent and ongoing courses in Bandon, Fermoy, Charleville and Blackpool.

Links to further information

My Waste. Comprehensive information on how to reduce and where to recycle in Ireland

Freecycle. Join your local group to offer the usable stuff you want to get rid of to others. Cork City and West Cork have groups.

Stop Food Waste campaign helps you waste less food and money.

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland [Facebook page].

The Story of Stuff, and other videos in this series looking at our waste and consumption.

‘Get Rid of Your Bin and Save Money’Book by Feidhlim Harty, 2009

Commodity Water Footprints, showing the water footprint of a range of commodities.

Water footprint Calculator allows you to calculate your personal water footprint.

Sustainable Water Network, lots of information on issues effecting water in Ireland.

Irish Water – the company responsible for water and wastewater services

Water Footprint Network – water footprint information and resources.

SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland) – energy saving tips, grant funding information.

SEAI section on Sustainable Energy Communities

Cork Cycling Campaign – working to improve Cork City and County for cycling. 

Cork Community Bikes – Community bike repair workshop in Blackpool.

BiketoWork or CycleScheme . Get a reduced-price bike under the government Cycle to Work scheme. Ask your employer for details.

Cork BikeShare (Coke Zero), public bike sharing scheme.

Carpool Ireland , carpooling tool for co-workers, neighbours, friends, communities.

GOcar , Car sharing… pay as you drive.

Transport and Mobility Forum Cork , a group of transport stakeholders in Cork formed from CEF’s Mix Your Mode campaign in 2013.

Smarter Travel , Sustainable transport policy for Ireland.

Journey Planner , a travel planning tool from Transport For Ireland

Stop Food Waste – a wealth of advice to reduce and stop food waste.

Food Cloud helps businesses redistribute their food waste to charities.

Grow It Yourself (GIY) is an international movement with many local groups. Site has plenty of advice on growing your own food.

Irish Fairtrade Network

Local veg box schemes include:

Blue Zones – On food and cultures where people live long, healthy lives.

Vegetarian Society of Ireland

The Irish Vegan

Vegan Sustainability Magazine

Meat Free Mondays – Excellent website set up by Paul McCartney and family

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

The Herbal Hub – Vivienne Campbell teaches how to forage for and use wild herbs.

The Sea Gardener – Foraging for sea vegetables

Independent Irish Health Foods – for bulk purchases of wholefoods

Cork Food Policy Council – Get involved or support their aims. Sign the online pledge to reduce food waste.

TED talks

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100

Jonathan Foley on the impacts Global Agriculture entitled The Other Inconvenient Truth.

Tristram Stuart on the Global Food Waste Scandal

Maria Spivak on Why Bees are Disappearing

Cork Nature Network – a local group of volunteers with projects and education events

Future Orchard Cork – a community supported orchard and educational project in Glanmire.

Mad About Cork, rejuvenating laneways and urban spaces with art and wildlife initiatives.

Burren Beo Trust, a website about the Burren area.

Ireland’s Wildlife, information site about Irish wildlife

Notice Nature – tons of information, events, Ireland’s public awareness campaign for biodiversity

Biodiversity Ireland – the official website for the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Eco Eye episode on biodiversity (Series 9 Ep 2)

Official website for the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020

Information

Seasonal fruit & veg calendar  from Stop Food Waste 

Article on the full impacts of consumption (George Monbiot)

Becoming Minimalist – article on how we give gifts

Action For Happiness

Moltex Eco Nappies – eco-friendly disposable nappies

Fairtrade Ireland

Ethical Consumer – Lots of information on consumer issues from the UK, all of which are relevant in Ireland.

Story of Stuff, and other videos in this series, looking at our waste and consumption.

Freecycle. Join your local group to offer the usable stuff you want to get rid of to others. Cork City and West Cork have groups.

Olio – App-based unwanted food local exchange scheme

Neighbourfood – local markets across Cork City and County

Recommended local sellers

Online sellers

Ecological Building Systems

Carpool Ireland

Cork Community Bikes – Community bike repair workshop in Blackpool.

Transition Town Kinsale

Mad About Cork, rejuvenating laneways and urban spaces with art and wildlife initiatives.

 

Recent course in Fermoy