Publications

Green Foundation Ireland publications aim to engage with people and communities interested in a sustainable future by providing a text and video record of its events and seminars. GFI aims to help create a new environmental narrative through science and storytelling.

GFI is fortunate to be able to publish a number of ECO Eye programs which are the copyright of GFI Chair Duncan Stewart. GFI thank Duncan for making these available. They are available on the audio and video page.

GFI links to the Green European Journal for current comment on the environment and linked issues across Europe.

Green Foundation Ireland, John Barry's article on Brexit

FROM POWER SHARING TO POWER BEING SHARED OUT

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The recent UK election has thrown up a number of surprises. One is the monumental mistake that Theresa May made in thinking a snap election would see her gain a large majority and thus legitimacy for a ‘hard Brexit’.  The second, and related, is that her failure to secure enough MPs has left the Conservatives in need of securing support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party for a minority Conservative government in London. This has ramifications not just for UK politics, but is an unexpected and potentially destabilising issue in the negotiations to form a power-sharing executive in Belfast which have been ongoing since March this year.

JOHN BARRY, Director of Green Foundation Ireland, has written an article on this topic which was published in the Green European Journal on 6 July 2017.

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BREXIT THREATENS FAR MORE THAN THE UK’S FUTURE

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Brexit has been a shock. It wasn’t the European Union that smashed the trade unions, depleted Britain’s social housing stock and then went on an orgy of privatisation, but Brexit has handed complete, unregulated control over to those who did, and the potential consequences reach far beyond Britain’s borders.

NUALA AHERN, former Chair of Green Foundation Ireland, has written an article on this topic which was published in the Green European Journal on 11 August 2016.

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DICK PELS:”A Heart for Europe”

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DICK PELS is a Dutch sociologist and freelance political writer.

In his book “A Heart for Europe” he asserts that European civilisation is the never-ending quest for a more gentle, more relaxed, less dangerous society: a society in which people are no longer afraid of each other and themselves. But Europe currently faces a ‘perfect storm’ of populist nationalism, Russian revanchism, neoliberal financial havoc, religious terrorism and refugee chaos. Facing these violent challenges, we urgently need to rethink our ideals of peace, freedom, democracy, sustainability and the good life. In this book, Dick Pels makes a valiant attempt to regain the original passion behind the European project, and to rescue the idea of a civilised European patriotism from the politics of fear which is conducted by both right-wing and left-wing nationalists.

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“Green Values: Religion and Secularism”

Six European Green foundations participated in conversations on religion, Green values and secularism with Green activists and politicians all over Europe.

Why did Green Foundation Ireland engage with this topic? It is distressing, for anyone with the eyes to see it, how completely human behaviour is destroying the earth and its creatures.

We decided to ask some of our elders here in Ireland, such as Seán McDonagh, Margaret MacCurtain, John Dillon and others not yet elders, such as Mary Condren and Dolores Whelan, all of whom are part of the Green movement or sympathetic to Green values, to give us their perspective on all of this. You can read their contributions, along with those from John Barry, Trevor Sargent and Mary White.

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GREEN VALUES,
RELIGION and SECULARISM

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Edited by: NUALA AHERN (Green Foundation Ireland)
          and ERICA MEIJERS (Bureau de Helling)

“Green Values, Religion and Secularism” is a book published by Green European Foundation in 2015, in which Green politicians from different European contexts reflect on the relationship between politics and religion, both in their own lives and in society.

Six European Green foundations participated in conversations on religion, Green values and secularism with Green activists and politicians from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

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THE CLIMATE GATHERING

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During 2015, the Climate Gathering worked with Christian Aid, Ibec, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, The Environmental Pillar and Trócaire to stage a series of five conversations, lectures and debates with the theme “Bringing People Together for a New Understanding on Climate Change”.

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JOHN DILLON:
Platonism and the World Crisis

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In 1997 JOHN DILLON, who is a Director of Green Foundation Ireland, founded the Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition, based in Trinity College Dublin, of which he is still an active member. He is the author or editor of over 30 books in the area of ancient philosophy, as well as over 150 articles. His study of Plato has led him to develop strong views on the destruction of the environment endemic to modern civilisation, and the capitalist concept of incremental growth. He has now written an article entitled “Platonism and the World Crisis”.

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European Citizens’ Initiative Pocket Guide

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European Citizens’ Initiative Pocket Guide is published by the Green European Foundation

The Green European Foundation presents its new publication on the European Citizens’ Initiative, a complete user manual to this first transnational tool in modern direct democracy. The publication is authored by Bruno Kaufmann, president of Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe.

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