The Access Initiative – National Coalition for Ireland

To An Taoiseach, The Minister for the Environment and the Government of Ireland The Access Initiative – National Coalition for Ireland Further to our letter of 28 February 2012, we, the Environmental Pillar, plus the undersigned environmental organisations, are writing to you as The Access Initiative’s (TAI) national coalition for Ireland.  TAI is the world’s […]

Rights at Risk at the United Nations

Open Letter to the Secretary General for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Co-Chairs of the Bureau for Rio+20 and Member-States of the United Nations RIGHTS AT RISK AT THE UNITED NATIONS We – the civil society organizations and social movements who have responded to the call of the United Nations General Assembly […]

Right to Water Letter

We the undersigned representatives of civil society organizations and social movements, Seeking to protect the United Nations historic recognition of the Human Right to water and Sanitation by the General Assembly and Human Rights Council through resolutions A/Res/64/292  and A/HRC/15/L/14 respectively, Concerned by European Union amendments to the UNCSD Zero Draft text which seeks to […]

Submission on Property Tax
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Overview of this submission Download:Environmental Pillar Submission Interdepartmental Group on Property Tax 16 thMarch 2012 This document responds to the call for submissions with regard to the implementation of a property tax that is both simple to administer and fair. However the basis for this submission is that the introduction of a Site Value Tax […]

Consultation Response to the Draft Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland
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The Environmental Pillar welcomes the publication of this Draft FSDI, and the opportunity to submit a commentary on it. The draft brings together a wide range of important information, referencing some 84 policies, strategies and international agreements and covering most aspects of the three pillars of sustainability; social, environmental and economic. Although the Environmental Pillar […]

Letter calling for the establishment of a European Whale and Dolphine Sanctuary

 Towards a Pan-European Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary The Environmental Pillar calls upon the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Members States to work together to establish a European Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary throughout European waters.  In this regard the Environmental Pillar calls upon the Irish Government to highlight the 21 year success story that […]

Three Demands campaign for Rio 2012

To the government of Ireland The Access Initiative – National Coalition for Ireland We, [the Environmental Pillar, plus the undersigned environmental organisations], are writing to you as The Access Initiative’s (TAI) national coalition for Ireland.  TAI is the world’s largest network of civil society organisations and activists working to ensure that people have the right […]

Coastal Resource Protection and Management Seminar

Seminar organized by the Marine Group of the Environmental Pillar, hosted by the European Parliament offices in Ireland Nov 18th 2011; 9.30 – 4 pm; EP Offices Molesworth Street Dublin   Download: Coastal-Resource-Protection-and-Management-18th-Nov-2011 Contains: Acknowledgements, Seminar programme, Summary, Workgroup outcomes, and List of participants Presentations 1.-Sustainable-inshore-fishery-Ilaria-Vielmini 2.-Razor-clams-Ed-Fahy 3.-NIEA-role-in-MPA-network-Joe-Breen 4.-Climate-change-adaptation-Kevin-Lynch 5.-Seagrass-ID-and-monitoring-Karin-Dubsky 6.-Nessa-Childers-MEP-Speech-EU-Marine-priorities-at-local-level-18-November-2011

Letter to An Taoiseach regarding proposed incorporation of the Heritage Council with the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht

Full text of letter to An Taoiseach Ref: Proposed incorporation of the Heritage Council with the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht cc. Minister Phil Hogan, Minister Jimmy Deenihan Dear Taoiseach, The Environmental Pillar, whilst realising the necessity of cost savings across government, is very concerned at proposals to incorporate the Heritage Council into the […]

Phil Hogan reveals true colours by delaying Climate Bill

The Environmental Pillar expressed disappointment at today’s announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that a Climate Change Bill is not a priority. This represents a significant backtrack on the Government’s commitment to deliver climate change legislation by 2012. Commenting on behalf of the Pillar today, Tara Connolly, convenor of the Pillar’s Climate […]

Proposals for the 2012 Budget: A Sustainable Future for Ireland

Download:Prosposals for the budget 2012 Summary The Environmental Pillar, which is a coalition of 27 national environmental NGOs, was established as a National Social Partner by Government in April 2009. In making this submission to Government it recognises that the public are reeling from the shock of the economic and fiscal crises. However it urges […]

Submission on the Draft Green Public Procurement National Action Plan

There are two fundamental principles that need to be emphasised in developing this action plan in order for it to be both effective and transformative: It should be Sustainable Public Procurement It must involve everyone working in public authorities both in its development and its implementation Sustainable Public Procurement, unlike green procurement, incorporates the three […]

Hogan’s decision to axe Sustainable Development Council strange and mistaken

Environmental Pillar criticises the abolition of Comhar, the National Sustianable Development Council.  The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership has expressed disappointment and concern at yesterday’s decision by the minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to abolish Comhar (the National Sustainable Development Council). Commenting on behalf of the Environmental Pillar, Pat Finnegan of Grian, a member of Comhar council […]

Submission to the Government of Ireland Consultation regarding RIO+20

The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of an understanding of Ireland’s contribution to the Rio +20 Conference on sustainable development. The major outcomes of the Rio Conference in 1992 “The Earth Summit” included the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, and the Sustainable Forest Principles. For the first time […]

Participatory democracy the story of a trojan horse

  View more presentations from Environmental Pillar Download the Document Participatory Democracy-the-story of a Trojan-horse

Levy on Incineration: letter to Minister Hogan

Full text of letter to Minister Hogan Ref: Levy on Incineration Dear Minister Hogan, It must be stated from the outset that the Environmental Pillar is opposed to the use of mass burn incineration as a part of the waste management strategy.  This opposition is based on the many impacts that incineration will have on […]

Initial Submission on the Proposal to Introduce a Packaging Levy

Follow the link to download the initial submission on the proposal to introduce a packaging levy: Environmental-Pillar-Submission-on-the-Proposal-to-Introduce-a-Packaging-levy

Speech to the Aarhus Convention Meeting of the Parties Wed 29th June 2011

Text of speech by Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar Thank you chair The European ECO Forum would like to begin by thanking the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation for his comprehensive and thoughtful report, and the members of the Task Force for their hard work to date in what is […]

Environmental Pillar criticises Jim Higgins MEP’s support for overfishing

Dublin – 9th May 2011. The Environmental Pillar of social partnership has criticised Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins’ support for increasing fishing industry subsidies. Higgins is supporting European People’s Party members in calling for the Commission to double the financial assistance paid towards fuel costs for the fishing industry, because of rising oil prices.  But […]

Ireland’s Environmental Pillar says forests must remain in public hands

Dublin – 21st April 2011. The Environmental Pillar of social partnership has called on Fine Gael and Labour to restate their commitment to the continued public ownership of Coillte. This follows Minister Brendan Howlin’s indications that he would not delay in moving on the sale of state assets identified in the McCarthy Report published yesterday. […]

Environmental groups call for retention of AEOS scheme

The Environmental Pillar, an umbrella organisation that represents the Irish environment, has claimed that cancelling the AEOS scheme would be short-sighted. The group has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, to open the AEOS scheme for 2011. “The AEOS scheme provides superb value for money to the taxpayer, even in straitened times,” […]

Taoiseach urged to reform Seanad by nominating environmentalists

The Environmental Pillar, an umbrella organisation that represents the Irish environment, called on the Taoiseach today to “begin a radical reform of the Seanad” by including leading environmental scientists and representatives in his list of Seanad nominees. “The scientific evidence shows that environmental degradation is occurring now, and that it is a growing threat to […]

Environmental Pillar asks incoming government to to set Ireland on the road to sustainable future

The Environmental Pillar, which is made up of 27 national environmental groups, has asked the incoming government to ensure that it protects the fundamental needs of our society and economy by protecting and enhancing the natural environment.  In a detailed submission to the Fine Gael and Labour Parties, the Environmental Pillar outlined what is needed […]