Optimism and the Apocalypse

2512086374_5da1610fc9_bWe stumbled upon a very good and thought-provoking article which will appeal to all future-proofers. Just as we are what we eat, maybe we like to think we – the few – are shining examples of our species at its caring, sharing best! In this article Sebastien Carew-Reid says: “we manipulate the truth in order to reduce personal responsibility and validate inaction”. And, yes, he is talking about every one of us. Mind you he does say that, at some point, albeit rather late in the day, we will get wake up smell the coffee: “When hope dies, action begins.” (Beyond Hope – Derrick Jensen)


Community Garden Project in Wexford Town

Plans are underway to develop a mini Community Garden behind the Wexford Chamber of Commerce HQ on Hill Street, Wexford. This follows a meeting earlier in the year at which GIY (Grow It Yourself) and Wexford County Council announced details of a new Community Food Growing initiative in Co Wexford. This is one of the three chosen host sites.
The broad aims of the programme are for GIY to provide a support and mentoring framework to identified community groups, including Love Redmond Park and the Cornmarket Project, to enable the creation of community gardens in a number of locations in Wexford. The programme will act as a catalyst to establish thriving community gardens using the ‘Meitheal’ approach while, at the same time, bringing communities closer together.
While the Wexford Town project is relatively small it will hopefully serve to inspire other similar initiatives in the area.

What’s nature trying to do here?

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American academic Larry Korn gave a very entertaining and enlightening talk on the philosophy and practise of natural farming at a packed Wexford Library last Thursday. The talk was the last in the current series the library has been running with Future-Proof Wexford.

Oregon-based Larry Korn is an iconic and influential figure in the world of natural farming. His passion for the “methodless method” approach to farming developed back in the 1970s when he spent time living and working on the farm of innovative Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka. The latter, who passed away in 2008, is now seen as being a pioneer and, dare one say it, ground-breaker (keep reading!), of the natural farming movement. Korn is translator and editor of the English-language edition of Mr. Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution and editor of his later book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert.
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Understanding Natural Farming with Larry Korn

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The next talk in the Wexford Library / Future-Proof Wexford series sees acclaimed American natural farming expert, Larry Korn, speak on the philosophy and practise of natural farming and permaculture.

Larry Korn is an iconic figure in the world of natural farming, permaculture, and sustainability. The defining move in his life was back in the 1970s when he took himself off to Japan where he lived and worked on the farm of Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer and world leader of the natural farming movement. Korn is translator and editor of the English-language edition of Mr. Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution and editor of his later book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert.
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Holy St Patrick, the snakes are back!

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“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level.”

This is how Barry O’Dwyer, Senior Researcher at UCC’s Environmental Research Unit, began his ‘Preparing for the Inevitable’ talk at Wexford Library last Tuesday. Presented in association with Future-Proof Wexford the focus of the evening was about the changes already being wrought by climate change and how we must act to both lessen and cope with these changes.
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Planning for the Inevitable: Climate Change


Barry O’Dwyer, a Senior Post Doctoral Researcher at the MaREI Centre, UCC, is the guest speaker at a climate change talk at Wexford Library on Tuesday, May 24 (7pm). The event, presented in association with Future-Proof Wexford, follows a recent talk at the same venue by environmentalist and architect Duncan Stewart.

The latter focused on how climate change may lead to mass migrations of people fleeing devastation and/or starvation, and global food shortages generally. On the plus side, he also looked at how those innovative enterprises prepared to take a long term sustainable approach can expect to prosper.

Barry O’Dwyer’s talk will look at how climate change is already impacting, physically, with the island of Ireland and what measures we can take to cope with the inevitable changes resulting from this.
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Wexford Well Positioned to Build Sustainable Jobs says Duncan

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Architect, environmentalist and tv presenter, Duncan Stewart, visited Wexford last Thursday (May 12) to speak on ‘Creating New Local Sustainable Enterprises’. The talk at Wexford Library, presented in association with Future-Proof Wexford, attracted a large and, as Duncan himself acknowledged, very savy audience.

In the course of a wide-ranging talk, he said that Wexford is well placed to develop sustainable businesses in a range of sectors, not least eco-tourism, food production and energy.
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Great response to local food network initiative

Wexford Library was bustling with activity last Thursday evening as food producers and consumers gathered from all around the county to exchange ideas on best practice for setting up a local food network. The aim of the meeting was to explore viable commercial avenues for local producers while providing consumers with direct access to fresh, seasonal and locally sourced food. Sheep farmers, herb and vegetable growers were among some of the producers who spoke about how they farm and the challenges of getting their produce direct to their customers.
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