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Green Foundation Ireland
is a registered charity which promotes education for sustainability in Ireland


“The Rivers Trust Movement on the Island of Ireland”
Thurs 25 Jul 2024 – 19:30 (Irish time)

By Zoom (log-on details will be issued nearer the time to those who register)

The Rivers Trust is the umbrella organisation for their 65 member Rivers Trusts across Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland. They are river and catchment conservation experts with a wealth of data and expertise at their fingertips.

This talk will present an overview of the Rivers Trust Movement – who they are and what they do. It will be followed by some case studies on individual Trust Member projects and an introduction to the iCatch Network Hub and specific Rivers Trust projects such as the Interreg North-West Europe.


MARK HORTON is the All-Ireland Director, overseeing the growth and development of the Rivers Trust in Ireland. He is also Chief Executive of Ballinderry Rivers Trust.

CONSTANZE O’TOOLE is the Ireland Development Manager, supporting existing and emerging local Rivers Trusts in Ireland and the border counties in Northern Ireland, enabling them to diversify income streams and deliver more improvements to their catchment areas, at greater scale. She also works with the many local community groups who are forming new Rivers Trusts.

CAROL QUISH is the All-Ireland Development Co-Ordinator.

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Photo by: MARTIN NOLAN, Director of
Green Foundation Ireland


“URBAN CITIZEN’S 6.3.2: the amazing role of citizen scientists in monitoring Dublin’s rivers and streams”
Thurs 4 Jul 2024 – 19:00 (Irish time)

By Zoom (log-on details will be issued nearer the time to those who register)

Urban Citizen’s 6.3.2 is a DCU-based citizen science project aimed at monitoring water quality and biodiversity of Dublin’s rivers and streams.

Volunteers from the general public and community groups are collecting data on a monthly basis, playing a crucial role in gathering information on the current status of these freshwater bodies, and showing how citizens can become precious allies of researchers and local authorities in tackling environmental issues.


Dr LAURA RIBERO is a marine and freshwater ecologist and biologist, currently working at Dublin City University as postdoctoral researcher.

Her work has been focusing mainly on ecology and biodiversity of benthic macrofauna in temperate and tropical coastal areas. In the past years Laura has investigated intertidal marine ecosystems and brackish-freshwater wetlands in the Mediterranean Sea and in south-east Asia, and now she is working on citizen science and freshwater quality in Ireland.

Laura is interested in utilising ecological data to support conservation and restoration efforts in aquatic ecosystems, and she strongly believes that involving the general public is essential to achieve long-term sustainability goals.

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“Is the Ecological Crisis also a Spiritual / Philosophical Crisis?”
Weds 19 Jun 2024 – 19:00 to 21:00 (Irish time)

VENUE: Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 X2A3.

Drawing from many years of experience as a writer, a professor of philosophy and a Zen teacher, David Loy has been focusing primarily on the ecological crisis through his work in Ecodharma. Ecodharma incorporates many traditions in understanding that the climate crisis is also a spiritual / philosophical crisis: a function of our (the human species’) profound separation from the natural world.

Ecodharma offers a way of thinking and a way of living, that works to heal this deep rupture. In order to respond appropriately to the ecological crisis, we must acknowledge its psychological and emotional impact (despair and grief), which will enable us to get beyond denial or passivity and embrace the changes needed, both personal and collective. Ecodharma emphasises the importance of both individual and collective transformation, in addition to technical and scientific solutions.


DAVID LOY is a writer, a retired professor of philosophy, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Centre in Colorado, USA, and a Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen lineage. American ecophilosopher and activist Joanna Macy has described David as a ‘beacon’ in his contributions to environmental issues. And like her Active Hope work, David’s Ecodharma approach embraces cognition, emotion and practical wisdom.

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Code Red

Code Red is a climate change podcast from the Centre for Climate and Society at Dublin City University. The Code Red series looks at how the worlds of policy, politics, the media, the arts, and other sectors have responded to climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. Code Red features an interesting and diverse mix of guests from academia, policy, the cultural industries and civil society.

You can listen to the Code Red Podcast Series here


Awarded to: Duncan Stewart and Greta Thunberg

On 21 June 2023, two environmental activists – DUNCAN STEWART and GRETA THUNBERG – were awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin, the highest honour that can be bestowed by Dublin City.

Duncan, a director and former chair of Green Foundation Ireland, has been a leading Irish advocate for environmental issues for over 40 years. A champion for environmental issues, sustainable energy and architectural conservation since his student days, for the past two decades Duncan has also been a popular television personality in Ireland. Duncan’s Eco Eye series was driven by his interests in the protection of Ireland’s environment and enhancement of biodiversity. It was Ireland’s longest running environmental series and one of the most popular shows on Irish television – there were twenty-one series in total and all available episodes can be found on our website, courtesy of Duncan.

Greta, from Sweden, is the world’s most prominent global climate campaigner of our time. She has worked to address the problem of climate change and, at the age of 15 in 2018, founded the movement known as Fridays for Future (also called School Strike for Climate), which gained worldwide attention and inspired school students across the globe to participate.

You can view our video here


Submission by Green Foundation Ireland

In September 2022 Green Foundation Ireland made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic “How the State can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss”.

The Citizens’ Assembly is a body comprising the Chairperson and 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate, established to consider some of the most important issues facing Ireland’s future.

We would like to thank COLIN STAFFORD-JOHNSON and FIONN KEELEY for allowing us to use their videos as part of our submission.

You can read our submission here


Green Foundation Ireland hosts seminars, workshops and conferences to demonstrate how practical action can create systems change in both education for sustainability, and work towards a green economy and society. We work on local and Island of Ireland projects and with partners in Scotland, England and Wales, and the European mainland.


In association with Green European Foundation, GFI publishes eco literature, both online and hardcopy, and circulates the European Green Journal. All available episodes of the Eco Eye programmes, hosted by GFI’s Director and former Chair Duncan Stewart, are available courtesy of Duncan. All of the above can be found in the Resources Section of our website.

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Green Foundation Ireland


GFI has a vision of ecology that values the life of all creatures on our planetary home and is embodied in practical action for a sustainable life for all.

We encourage participation by people and communities in finding practical local responses to intractable problems.

We tell stories of resilience and change in the face of adversity, based on good science and community action.


GFI is a member of the Irish Environmental
GFI is a member of the Environmental Pillar –
GFI is affiliated to the Green European


GFI thanks the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications for the funding it receives through the Irish Environmental Network.

GFI also acknowledges the support of the European Parliament through funding for projects agreed with Green European Foundation.