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Green recovery plans announced to boost jobs and the environment in the aftermath of COVID-19

Investing in Northern Ireland’s natural environment has a vitally important role to play in the economic recovery from Covid-19, leading RSPB NI to announce a proposed a five-point plan to deliver a ‘green recovery’ (Wednesday 18 November) following the UK Government last night unveiling its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

Time for citizen action on climate change? A webinar examining the work of the UK Climate Assembly

Hosted by Sustainable Northern Ireland, in co-operation with Involve, this webinar will examine the constructive work of the UK Climate Assembly and the resulting recommendations report “The Path to Zero” as well as discussing the prospect of a localised Climate Assembly for Northern Ireland.

New report maps a sustainable future for phosphorus management in Northern Ireland

The Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute have released a major new report on the future sustainable management of phosphorus (P) in Northern Ireland (NI).

Key milestone for climate action in Northern Ireland

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‘A key milestone for climate action in Northern Ireland’ is how the submission of a Climate Change Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly has been described by the Climate Coalition Northern Ireland MLAs. The Private Members Bill was submitted to the Speaker’s Office on Wednesday 21 October – three months after the Assembly passed a motion calling for the introduction of a Climate Change Act within that timeframe.

Seaweed may be the solution to our plastic crisis

From a pile of seaweed to a packet of soy sauce. The London startup Notpla has created a plastic alternative from seaweed that's biodegradable — and even edible. And it's hoping it could put a dent in the 300 million tons of plastic waste humans generate each year.

Emergency Tree Plan for the UK

In the 2019 general election every major political party backed the necessary increase in woods and trees in response to the climate and nature crisis. Woodland Trust's Emergency Tree Plan sets out key recommendations for national and local governments across the UK on how to increase tree cover and address the nature and climate emergency.

Sustainable transport: £20 million for residential EV chargepoints

Concern over a lack of charging infrastructure is holding back the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), which is crucial in achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This is being addressed by the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) grant – a fund of £20 million. 

Build Back Better: How Councils can spark a green post-COVID recovery

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” said Winston Churchill. As we move from emergency response mode to making plans for post-coronavirus recovery, a wave of new thinking is emerging on how we can do things differently or perhaps more specifically – ‘better, fairer and greener’. The conversation up to now has focused on what central governments can do. But it is just as relevant for local councils.

NI streets littered with 1.3 million bits of rubbish

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, has released a report funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), that demonstrates that litter remains at concerning levels in NI – damaging our forests, parks, beaches and streets. The Litter Composition Report estimates 1,294,164 items are littered on our streets at any one time, weighing approximately 28 tonnes and costing the public purse £45 million annually in Northern Ireland. 

Northern Ireland Assembly declares a 'climate emergency'

The Northern Ireland Assembly has declared a climate emergency and backed the creation of an independent body to protect the environment. It followed a debate on climate change in the chamber on Monday 27 January 2020. MLAs supported immediate action to cut carbon emissions and called for an independent Environmental Protection Agency to be established within a year.

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