There is great potential for Maynooth not only to achieve its goal and win the Green Flag but also to make a significant contribution to a greener campus and a sustainable world. As a teaching and research campus we have great potential to develop innovative thinking, and develop more research and courses that address this issue. This we hope to enhance by making the link between knowledge advancement and exemplary practice, by enabling graduates and researchers to contribute in real ways to changing how society adapts to the major environmental challenges of the 21st century.
There are many ways to get involved. One way is through one of our thematic working groups. We are also looking for volunteers to work on data gathering and analysis, on developing our web content, and working on our campaigns. Whether it is climate justice or biodiversity that interests you there is plenty to do. Please feel free to contact us below. We also welcome any suggestions you may have to improve Energy/Green Issues.
Maynooth Green Campus Secretary: Greencampus@nuim.ie
Biodiversity Working Group: Bettina.Stefanini@nuim.ie
Waste Working Group: email@example.com
Energy Working Group: Ciaran.Coffey@nuim.ie
Water Working Group: John.Sweeney@nuim.ie
Sustainable Travel: Joseph.Timoney@nuim.ie
Climate Justice: Joe.Larragy@nuim.ie
We welcome students to get involved through http://www.facebook.com/MaynoothGreenCampus or on Twitter @GreenCampus_Maynooth
Maynooth University are taking part in an Intervarsity Bioblitz on 24/25 September 2015. In association with National Biodiversity Centre and An Taisce, we have a 24 hour period to count as many species on our campus to beat the other competing universities.
To reach this goal we must set and achieve substantial progress towards a set of realistic objectives that fall under a number of thematic headings. These themes include:
- energy management
- water conservation
- waste management
- sustainable travel and transport
- climate justice
Social Justice Week 2015 will take place Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October. See details here
Wonders of Waste Bags are available for sale all through Social Justice Week or direct from firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com
Wonders of Waste Bags Catalogue
Bioblitz 2015. Maynooth Green Campus are taking part in Intervarsity Bioblitz 24/25 September. Join us in the Library Foyer from 17.00 -22.00 on Thursday 24 September and 8.00 to 17.00 on Friday 25 September, we will have many activities taking place, including
Bat Walk, Moth trapping, Biodiversity walks, butterflies, insects etc. In association with National Biodiversity Centre in Waterford and An Taisce Maynooth University are competing against five other universities around Ireland to identify as many species on our campus in one 24 hour period. We look forward to seeing you then.
So far, we are completing an environmental review of energy use, water use and waste streaming, to establish baseline data against which we will measure progress. We are developing data related to specific clusters of buildings. This will provide the basis for meaningful feedback to specific parts of the campus so that people using individual buildings can take appropriate action in their own areas, for example in student residential buildings, science buildings, academic departments and administration buildings.
COP - What’s it all about?
The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The UNFCCC which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.
The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation. The first COP took place in Berlin in 1995 and significant meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen where an agreement to success Kyoto Protocol was unfortunately not realised and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created.
In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
Read up from our own Prof. John Sweeney who was in Paris, he did three daily essays which you can view below.
John Sweeney (COP21) Prt 1
John Sweeney (COP21) Prt 3
To visit the official COP21 website for more information, click here
The debates will be broadcasted through this link: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/
More information for everything that concerns `virtual participation´ can be found on this link :http://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop21parisinformationhub/cop-21cmp-11-information-hub-virtual-participation/
Communication materials on this link: http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/presse/communication-kit/ for the cop21