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The Role of the Grass & Sally Verge in Carbon Sequestration

My 50M Grass & Biomass Verge sequesters about 6 tonnes of carbon per annum, half the typical annual household output. But by the time I make allowances for my use of solar power, wood pellets, renewable electricity and composting I can reasonably claim tobe running a carbon neutral household. The rest of the site is likely covering the output from the motor, which is still petrol - as of yet. I'll get into the maths of that later on. For now enjoy this…


Added by paul v. cassidy on June 5, 2014 at 15:03 — No Comments

Lackan Cottage Farm - Eco Classroom

We are Steve and Claire, and three years ago we decided we wanted to live more simply, so we set off to look at what other people were doing. When we came back, we moved into a converted horse box, and our journey began.

Lackan Cottage Farm in County Down

A year later we found Lackan Cottage Farm - an uninhabitable cottage set in the beautiful County Down countryside, and with the birth of our daughter imminent, we set about renovating, and…


Added by Steve Golemboski-Byrne on June 1, 2014 at 22:38 — No Comments

Local & European elections: Fracking and international trade partnerships

Fracking and international trade partnerships in the crossfire of oncoming local and EU elections => Shale Gas Bulletin Ireland - Issue No. 32 - May 15, 2014

Added by Charlie Williams on May 15, 2014 at 13:01 — No Comments

Scything for Beginners with Paul Kingsnorth of Dark Mountain - New Reward for The Happy Pig Crowdfunder Campaign

Hi everyone,

Tom from An Teach Saor here. Hope you're all well!

Yesterday we put up a new £75 reward for the last couple of weeks of the campaign at We're really excited about it as people will have the opportunity to spend a day here learning how to scythe with Paul Kingsnorth, including lunch, tea and cake. Not only is Paul an excellent scything…


Added by Tom Smith on February 23, 2014 at 13:08 — No Comments

Nut growing in Bulgaria/Balkan region – researcher sought

I am looking for a researcher fluent in Bulgarian for helping with research into walnut production/development of new walnut varieties in the Balkan area. The research would be mainly internet based – tracking down academic articles on trials of new varieties, growers and suppliers.

The research is part of a wider project examining nut production in Europe.

Other regions of interest re nut-growing include Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.



Added by Andy Wilson on January 5, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Will you be voting on the 18th???

Will you be voting on the 18th???

2. Article 10 of the Irish Constitution ensures the protection of the island’s…

Added by Captain Cae Os on September 9, 2013 at 23:01 — No Comments

Local Energy - Climate Change - Colorado is winning..

Empower Our Future

is a coalition of organizations and individuals in support of clean energy for Boulder.…


Added by Alex Duffy on September 3, 2013 at 8:13 — No Comments

The Solution Economy

The solution economy


This section, among other things, includes case studies from trailblazer enterprises and some posts outlining features and visions of the new economy. Collectively these start to…


Added by Alex Duffy on August 27, 2013 at 15:52 — No Comments

The Progressive Film Club present ON SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST - The Environment at Risk

Pipe Down
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The Progressive Film Club present -  ON SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST - THE ENVIRONMENT AT RISK: Featuring

Pipe Down - Pipe Down is an hour long documentary that tells the story of a rural community in Co. Mayo in Ireland, who have been battling…

Added by Alex Duffy on August 17, 2013 at 20:14 — No Comments

TINI meeting with Ashoka to discuss Recognising Resilliance


Several of us are meeting up with some of the good folk from Ashoka to see how we go forward on the campaign to Recoginse Resilliance and probably build a new web site. We have transition folk coming from Loais, Wicklow, Monaghan and Kerry and we would love to see one or two more from the regions to ensure a good island wide representation. The meeting is set for Monday 26th August so please contact us at if you would like to…


Added by Alex Duffy on August 14, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Transition Ballinafad! goes live on Crowdfunder

Action Ballinafad College get's registered on

Trying to raise 5,000 to secure option on purchase of this magnificent building.

Transition Ballinafad!

Added by Captain Cae Os on August 14, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

"Celebrating Transition" in Ballybay Wetlands Centre, Co. Monaghan, Friday 23 August

You are cordially invited to attend "Celebrating Transition", a Social & Networking event being organised by Monaghan Ecological Group.

The event will take place on Friday 23 August at 7pm, in the beautiful surrounds of Ballybay Wetlands Centre, Ballybay, Co, Monaghan. There will be a guest address by Davie Philip, followed by a number of short, concurrent, break out sessions, where you can learn more about the projects & ethos of Monaghan Ecological Group, a…


Added by Transition Monaghan on August 8, 2013 at 17:22 — No Comments

Creating Sustainable, Resilient Communities Through Impact Investing

Direct impact investment in community programs and local enterprises returns the voting power of dollars to citizens and households. Here are a few examples of how this type of investment is allowing communities to finance and provide for their own essential needs to attain independence in areas other than energy. -

See more…


Added by Alex Duffy on August 8, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Mobile Public Space Pops Up in Italy


Public spaces don’t need to be elaborate to be effective at bringing people together. Activating a space can be as simple as planting a patch of grass or setting a few chairs out. The idea is to make it clear that the space is there for everyone to enjoy and then step back and let it happen.

But what if a public space wasn’t tethered to a particular location? What if it could be wheeled…


Added by Alex Duffy on August 8, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

The choice between economy and environment is a false one

The choice between economy and environment is a false one, now let's make the right decisions with our investments:

If you agree with Administrator McCarthy, share this widely.


Added by Alex Duffy on August 7, 2013 at 8:19 — No Comments

Indiegogo Transition Towns Campaign

Thank you all so much for helping us spread the word of the Ashoka Ireland, Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to run Transition Town awards, thanks so much for all the donations, we re on the final stretch now. Please donate and/or spread the word before the campaign closes on Wed. Looking forward to working with the team to plan the awards and turn recession in to resilience :)  …


Added by Elaine Doyle on July 26, 2013 at 16:42 — No Comments

Captain Cae to Ground control - SOS Ballinafad ECO College

Time limit activated on Grand Idea, MAYO call for support.
The Ballinafad College, Near Mayo Abbey, a site worthy of a sustainable community activity center and development site for eco-logical living and sustainable enterprise, in ALL it's many shapes and sizes.
Check this out…

Added by Captain Cae Os on July 13, 2013 at 21:26 — No Comments

Turn recession in to resilience with the Transition Town Awards

Only 29 days left in the change nation indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. We want to raise €10,000 to run a transition town awards to give each of you the recognition you deserve for your hard work in your transition initiatives.we will have one award for non transition town environmental/community groups & we will make a documentary of the overall transition town winner on the night.

Is it not finalised but we have earmarked springtime in Dublin for the awards so plenty of time to get…


Added by Elaine Doyle on July 3, 2013 at 0:19 — No Comments

Transition town photos


I am running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to run an awards ceremony for transition towns and make a documentary on transition towns. The promotional video was shot in Temple Bar last night. I was wondering if any of you have nice transition town photos (high resolution) to add to the video. If you do could you please send them to by monday. I will send on the link to the video and website once it's finished.  Have a lovely bank holiday weekend,…


Added by Elaine Doyle on May 30, 2013 at 19:41 — No Comments

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