Is sustainability sustainable?

This is the last stand of climate change. Perhaps not exactly; the world will not cease to be in fifty years, after all, and if all of human industry stopped and disappeared right now the planet would make a swift recovery, relatively speaking. But it’s one of the stands, and one of the last stands…

Editorial – Laggard

This is my second to last editorial, so I wanted to take the chance to talk to ye about something important. Here is the thing: the planet is changing, and there is no stop button, or painless fix. Ireland has been denounced as a “laggard” by our own Taoiseach in terms of our approach to…

UCC students pledge to save energy on campus

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with UCC Students’ Union, UCC, and UCC Green Campus yesterday launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Cork to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum…

UCC In Top 10 Most Sustainable Universities Worldwide

University College Cork has placed 9th in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2017. The rankings showcase the most sustainable universities across the globe. The achievement is an increase on the university’s previous position of 12th in 2016. Established in 2010 by the Universitas Indonesia (UI), 619 universities across 76 countries were assessed for the…

Thirteen million trees planted with help from UCC students

Environmentally conscious search-engine Ecosia has recently announced that it has planted over 13 million trees all over the world, in places like Indonesia, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Peru and Burkina Faso. The browser uses revenue collected from advertising to plant trees and fund their projects, with their website stating that it takes 1.7 seconds of use to…

CAP – Farmers and the Environment

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been the mainstay of European agricultural policy for more than fifty years and has ensured that food insecurity and price volatility, that were characteristics of 20th century Europe, have not been repeated. Though the policy has the admirable task of ensuring European food self-sufficiency, food traceability and safety, the…

Ecosia and Yes Trees in UCC

A group known as ‘Yes Trees UCC’ are currently campaigning to add a new search engine programme to every Student IT Centre computer in UCC. The search engine, known as Ecosia, plants trees using revenue generated through advertising sold on the service. The campaign’s Facebook page received more than 50 likes within 24 hours of…