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


“Urban Forestry – A ‘Minority Sport’ in Ireland?”
Wed 21 Feb 2024 – 19:00 to 20:00 (Irish time)

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

Our talk with Aidan ffrench will include a discussion about the following:

  • Ethics (Co-Habitation), Co-Design.
  • Active Citizenship and NGOs.
  • Health/Wellbeing, Climate, Biodiversity.
  • Gaps: Policy, Law, Resources.


A past president of the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI), AIDAN ffRENCH led a distinct rise in the profession’s growth and national profile between 2005-2009, being the first landscape architect on Ireland’s leading current affairs radio show, Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1). In 2007 he wrote the ILI’s ‘Manifesto for Irish Landscapes’, which called on the state to make serious commitments to landscape and parks policy, legislation and the profession. The lobbying efforts of the ILI and its allies ultimately led to the first legal definition of ‘landscape’ in Irish law (2010).

With 35 years in both the public and private sectors, Aidan retired from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (Parks & Landscape Services) in March 2022, after 28 years working on a diverse portfolio that concluded as project manager and lead author of the Council’s new Urban Forestry Strategy (2022-2031).

Aidan remains active in advocating for Landscape Architecture and quality Urban Placemaking in Ireland, with a strong focus on Nature-based Solutions. He is an active volunteer member of several environmental NGOs, having spoken at Irish and international conferences, and written articles for several journals, including CRANN and Village magazines.

You can check out more details, including how to book, here

Photo by: AIDAN ffRENCH

“Protecting Bats and Other Wildlife in Zambia”
Mon 19 Feb 2024 – 19:00 to 20:00 (Irish time)

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

During this talk, Nyambe Nalishebo will speak about the 10 million fruit bats he works with in Kasanka National Park in Zambia, and the difficulties in protecting wildlife in a developing country. It is the biggest mammal migration in the world.


MYAMBE NALISHEBO trained at Bedrock African Wildlife Safari School in Zambia, and has worked on poacher patrols and as a guide for over 20 years. Myambe is currently working in Kasanka National Park.

You can check out more details, including how to book, here



Our Chair, Donna Mullen wrote the following tribute to Michael which appeared in The Natterer, the newsletter of Bat Conservation Ireland

We used to joke with Michael about his sense of direction. He would happily charge off, with us behind him, in completely the wrong direction. We would end up at the wrong restaurant or bus stop, and had many adventures while on a trip with him to meet politicians in Brussels. Michael was the Co-Ordinator of the Environmental Pillar, and his job was to get all the environmental NGOs to agree on policy, which we could then bring to politicians, the media, or other organisations. This was not an easy job, as Irish environmental organisations have different remits and a host of colourful characters. He used to say it was like herding cats. And when the cats began to hiss and spit, Michael would keep us all calm, with his patience, kindness, good humour, occasional singing, and an endless supply of bananas which he kept in his backpack. There is nobody else on this planet who could have kept us together, and he made the Environmental Pillar into the amazing organisation it is today. Because it turned out that Michael had a fantastic sense of direction when it came to environmental protection. When he wasn’t working with the organisations, he was volunteering with them – he was one of the BCI Daubenton’s Survey volunteers. He worked endlessly on the sustainable development goals and was very involved in work on the Aarhus Convention. Now that we are without him, the environmental movement is not simply lost, but bereft.

Ní fheicfimid a leithéid ann arís


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.