Capitalism and Climate Action – can we have both?

Is it possible to see successful and sustainable climate action under capitalism? Can individual effort save our planet? Aisling O’Leary explores the fact that perhaps neither is possible, that we need change – big, sometimes inconveniencing, change.   The future that climate change has forced us to visualise is a bleak one, and bleaker again when you remember we can only point the finger of … Continue reading Capitalism and Climate Action – can we have both?

The True Cost

  Richard Kelly exposes the consequences of our relationship with clothing consumption and what we can do to change them before it’s too late. Have you ever asked ‘how do our fashion choices affect the planet? Are we subconsciously doing more damage than good by way of our clothing consumption?’ Unfortunately, the answer seems to be yes. In the digital age, it’s difficult to avoid … Continue reading The True Cost

Ring A Ding Ding

Éamonn Grennan interviews psychiatry professor Stephen Stansfeld about noise pollution, and what the future holds for health in loud metropolises As eco-friendly as third level students have become over the last generation, it remains that noise pollution (or alternatively, ‘noise annoyance’ in some corners) is something that will permeate for all the Freshers, Refreshers and R&G Weeks to come. The recent upgrading of noise disturbances … Continue reading Ring A Ding Ding

Enviously Green

Gemma Kent surveys two of UCC’s core endeavours in the field of sustainability, the “Love Our Library” Campaign and the work of the Environmental Research Institute. In 2010, University College Cork became the first institute of higher-education in the world to be awarded a Green Flag. At the heart of this first milestone in UCC’s efforts to promote and improve its work around sustainability was … Continue reading Enviously Green

Sustainable Living in the Pacific coast of Mexico

Working with local conservationists offers an invaluable form of education, writes Sarah Corcoran Set between the Pacific ocean and the Oaxacan jungle in Mexico lives a local community who have dedicated their lives to protecting and conserving local wildlife. I had the privilege of living and working alongside these people in the summer of 2017. I had applied for a Mexico Explorer award with EIL … Continue reading Sustainable Living in the Pacific coast of Mexico