ECO EYE SERIES 18 (2020)

Spatial Planning – what is it and why does it matter? Part 1

Part 1: Ireland’s population is expected to grow by another 1 million people in the next 20 years, if we build and develop as we did in the past all of our congestion problems, emissions and health outcomes will be going in the wrong direction. In this episode Duncan Stewart wants to find out how to make healthy and vibrant cities, towns and villages. He’ll discover what sustainable growth is, and why good spatial planning matters.

Ending Gridlock Part 1

In Ireland over the past 30 years we have expanded our road network at a stunning rate. But more roads mean more traffic and our cities are at a standstill. Motorists in Dublin alone spent a total of 246 hours last year sitting in traffic, that’s 6 whole working weeks a year! And it’s the same problem all over the country. What is the solution? Duncan stewart investigates how Ireland can get the country moving sustainably and end the gridlock.

Spatial Planning – how and where should we build our homes? Part 2

Part 2: Ireland’s population is expected to grow by another 1 million people in the next 20 years, if we build and develop as we did in the past all of our congestion problems, emissions and health outcomes will be going in the wrong direction. In this episode Duncan Stewart wants to find out how to make healthy and vibrant cities, towns and villages. He’ll discover what sustainable growth is, and why good spatial planning matters.

What is sustainable agriculture? Land Matters Part 1

Agriculture is facing huge shocks from climate change, it’s become hard to predict the seasons, but the world’s agri-food system is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. How can our food systems and particularly livestock farming become more sustainable and resilient in the face of Climate Change? Agriculture is the lifeblood of rural Ireland but it also makes up a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in this episode Dr Lara Dungan will meet with farmers and experts across Ireland to find out if beef and dairy have a future in a world of climate action.

Does Ireland’s beef and dairy industry have a sustainable future? Land Matters Part 2

Agriculture is facing huge shocks from climate change, it’s becoming hard to predict the seasons, but the world’s agri-food system is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. How can our food systems and particularly livestock farming become more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change? Agriculture is the lifeblood of rural Ireland but it also makes up a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in this episode Dr Lara Dungan will meet with farmers and experts across Ireland to find out if beef and dairy have a future in a world of climate action.

How can Ireland power itself sustainably in the 21st century? The Energy Challenge Part 1

Fossil fuels helped list society out of poverty and helped develop incredible affluence and social wellbeing in the last century. But the challenges for the next century are very different. If we want civilisation to continue to flourish then we need much more resilience and we need a fast swing away from fossil fuels. In this episode Duncan takes a closer look at Ireland’s energy demands across heating, industry and transport. He’ll visit Irelands electric power operator Eirgrid to examine the current state of the Irish grid and meet the people determined to modernise our energy economy from the SEAI, ESB, Codema and many others.

Is it possible to power our future sustainably? The Energy Challenge Part 2

Fossil fuels helped list society out of poverty and helped develop incredible affluence and social wellbeing in the last century. But the challenges for the next century are very different. If we want civilisation to continue to flourish then we need much more resilience and we need a fast swing away from fossil fuels. In this episode Duncan takes a closer look at Ireland’s energy demands across heating, industry and transport. He’ll visit Irelands electric power operator Eirgrid to examine the current state of the Irish grid and meet the people determined to modernise our energy economy from the SEAI, ESB, Codema and many others.

What are climate friendly diets? Food for Thought Part 1

Part 1: Today we have food choices our ancestors could never have dreamed of. But not all foods are created equally as food production is a major cause of climate change, we will need to see dramatic changes to what we eat in the years ahead. But what are climate friendly diets? And can they be produced sustainably here in Ireland?

What does a sustainable future of food look like in Ireland? Food for Thought Part 2

Part 2: The past 100 years have seen radical change in the way we produce food in Ireland, with the intensification of agriculture meaning that the days of cows milked by hand and horse-ploughed fields are long gone. Today we find ourselves in a place where many argue Ireland has one of the most carbon – intensive agricultural systems in Europe due to heavy reliance on meat and dairy production. And though we now have a host of food choices on our supermarket shelves unimaginable just a few generations ago, this also means we often rely on food shipped or flown from thousands of miles away, all at a staggering environmental cost. So what does a sustainable future of food look like in Ireland? And could the principles of a sustainable diet recommended by scientists present an opportunity for Ireland to benefit both the environment and the economy?

Do we take our waterways for granted? On the Water Front Part 1

Ireland has an abundant supply of waterways famous worldwide for their beauty, wildlife and fishing set in the most spectacular natural landscapes. But are we taking this priceless resource for granted? Over half of our waterways don’t meet the basic standards of good water quality which is essential for maintaining biodiversity and healthy wildlife habitats. So what can be done and how can everyone get involved? Anja travels across the country joining communities who have taken part in a new EPA initiative and who have come together and found solutions and ideas to improve water quality in their local streams, rivers and lakes.

How can communities help improve water quality? On the Water Front Part 2

Ireland has an abundant supply of waterways famous worldwide for their beauty, wildlife and fishing set in the most spectacular natural landscapes. But are we taking this priceless resource for granted? Over half of our waterways don’t meet the basic standards of good water quality which is essential for maintaining biodiversity and healthy wildlife habitats. So what can be done and how can everyone get involved? Anja travels across the country joining communities who have taken part in a new EPA initiative and who have come together and found solutions and ideas to improve water quality in their local streams, rivers and lakes.

Ending Gridlock Part 1

In Ireland over the past 30 years we have expanded our road network at a stunning rate. But more roads mean more traffic and our cities are at a standstill. Motorists in Dublin alone spent a total of 246 hours last year sitting in traffic, that’s 6 whole working weeks a year! And it’s the same problem all over the country. What is the solution? Duncan stewart investigates how Ireland can get the country moving sustainably and end the gridlock.

Ending Gridlock Part 2

In Ireland over the past 30 years we have expanded our road network at a stunning rate. But more roads mean more traffic and our cities are at a standstill. Motorists in Dublin alone spent a total of 246 hours last year sitting in traffic, that’s 6 whole working weeks a year! And it’s the same problem all over the country. What is the solution? Duncan stewart investigates how Ireland can get the country moving sustainably and end the gridlock.

How to reduce your carbon footprint? Counting Carbon Part 1

Everyone in their own way, every single day contributes to the emissions of gasses that damage the planet and research shows that those of us who think we care the most about the environment often have the biggest carbon footprint. In this episode Dr Clare Kambamettu wants to know where we’re going wrong. She’ll debunk some of the myths surrounding our personal carbon footprints and look at the practical steps we can take to help lesson our impact on the environment. But to get our carbon footprints to where they need to be we’ll need system change to make that possible. But what does system change really mean and where can we see that already happening?

How to reduce your carbon footprint? Counting Carbon Part 2

Everyone in their own way, every single day contributes to the emissions of gasses that damage the planet and research shows that those of us who think we care the most about the environment often have the biggest carbon footprint. In this episode Dr Clare Kambamettu wants to know where we’re going wrong. She’ll debunk some of the myths surrounding our personal carbon footprints and look at the practical steps we can take to help lesson our impact on the environment. But to get our carbon footprints to where they need to be we’ll need system change to make that possible. But what does system change really mean and where can we see that already happening?