There has been a lot of talk recently about Belfast’s litter problem. People are sharing pictures of rubbish lining the streets of Belfast on social media, and words like ‘dirty’ and ‘unsightly’ are increasingly used to describe the city centre.
The World Economic Forum — the annual meeting in Davos which brings together leaders in the private and public sector — came to a close two weeks ago. Against a backdrop of geopolitical and economic instability, it felt like this year’s forum happened at a crucial time.
The Youth 7 Summit, known as the Y7, was convened last week. The Y7 is the official youth engagement group to G7, bringing together youth delegates from G7 member states, the EU and selected partner countries. This year Berlin hosted the Y7 Summit as part of Germany’s 2022 G7 presidency.
In Northern Ireland, we love to talk about the weather. It is a neutral topic of discussion that provides an excuse to make small talk with strangers, break uncomfortable silences, or divert the conversation away from more controversial issues.
At school we teach pupils about the importance of being a good ‘team player’. At university we grade students on group tasks, which are designed to help them to effectively work together and communicate with others. In the workplace, there is also a heavy focus on the importance of collaboration and working as part of a team.
Karl Duncan (19), youth leader for the SDLP, said that growing up in Londonderry and seeing signs of deprivation and poverty motivated him to get involved in politics. “I wanted to make a change at a governmental level,” he explained.
The common phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ seems to be the driving spirit behind social attitudes towards two environmental problems: waste and pollution. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ contributes to an ‘othering’ of environmental problems like waste.
Many readers may be aware that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released last week. The focus of the report was climate mitigation, with scientists seeking to provide answers to the following questions: How can we mitigate the effects of climate change? What strategies will help us to adapt to a changing world?
Tomorrow, public and private sector will gather in Derry Playhouse for the first ever Circular Economy Conference to take place in Northern Ireland. This conference, hosted by Northern Ireland Resource Network, will open important conversation on how Northern Ireland can transition to a circular economy, and what business opportunities this will bring to the island.
I am currently writing this week’s column sat on a train crossing through Germany. This is the 10th train that I have taken during the last few days. I have several more trains to catch before I reach my destination: Prague, Czech Republic.
The latest IPCC report makes for heavy reading. The report was released last week, but with public attention understandably focused on the acute geopolitical crisis in Ukraine, this IPCC report received less media attention than normal.
Radical uncertainty and upheaval are perhaps the two most apt descriptors of the past few years. Uncertainty and upheaval have required us to anticipate and adapt to unprecedented or unparalleled circumstances with both resilience and resolution.
This week marks February half-term for families, teachers, students and schoolchildren living in Northern Ireland. There are some fantastic cultural events taking place throughout this week, including the NI Science Festival, which provide brilliant opportunities for families to spend time together, and to visit cultural attractions in the local area.
We cannot solve the climate crisis without first protecting and restoring nature. Beyond removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it, nature-based solutions to climate change hold many benefits that society does not appreciate.
There seems to be a National Day for everything. There is always a national food to celebrate, or an awareness day to observe. For instance, this month alone, we could observe National Kiss A Ginger Day on January 12, National Winnie The Pooh Day on January 18, and National Peanut Butter Day on January. 24
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