One day a year, we should take stock of our behaviour to see if we can change some of our habits to be more earth-friendly. Please check out a Billion Acts of Green for good ideas.
Why not pledge to reduce your food waste by 1 kg/week and join the food waste challenge?
VOICE nominated for 2013 Green Award
VOICE has been shortlisted for the 2013 Green Awards for its Feeding the 5,000 Dublin event last November. We were nominated under the Green Corporate Citizen Category. Fingers crossed!
As of 2009, Ireland produced 482,366 tonnes of plastic waste, of which 124,424 tonnes were recycled (26%). See Rx3 Report Of this, 80,000 tonnes was PET, the plastic polymer used for plastic bottles. We only recycled 31% of these bottles (around 25,000 tonnes). We have a huge potential to increase our recycling rates and one of the tools to achieve this is through a deposit/refund system whereby consumers pay a small deposit on each bottle bought, which is then refunded when the bottle is returned. This system has been successfully used in many States in the US as well as in many EU countries. Read More
VOICE’s Feeding the 5,000 Dublin event and campaign on food waste featured on latest Eco Eye programme with Duncan Stewart. Check it out here.
5 Small Ways to Start a
Food Waste Revolution…
What is your ‘food print’? I have been reading numerous food waste articles daily and the web is awash with studies and reports on the amount of food waste we are all creating along food cycle. To be honest, it can be depressing as well as numbing. What can each of us do? Read More
Thank you to all our volunteers for helping out both on Friday the 23rd November chopping vegetables in DIT and on Sat the 24th in Wolfe Tone Park. We couldn’t have held such a successful event without you!
And thank you to the people who came out to eat our curry and to support our campaign to reduce food waste. Here are a few photos from the event: Read More
We have produced a new video about our Feeding the 5,000 Dublin courtesy of Eamonn O’Brien of The Reluctant Speakers Club, a leading provider of public speaking courses. Please view and share! Feeding the 5,000 video
Below is a press release issued on 13th July 2011 by Seas at Risk in response to the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Seas at Risk is a European association of environmental NGOs working to protect our marine environment, of which VOICE is a member.
As detailed below, the proposals show certain progress, for example, somewhat addressing the wasteful practice of returning unwanted caught fish to the oceans. However, the reform is too limited in relation to fishing quotas, and there are concerns over the Commission’s reliance on market-based approaches to halt overfishing. Read on to find out more.
CFP proposal falls short of ensuring sustainable fisheries
Brussels, 13th July.
The European Commission has today published its proposal for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. After 2 years of consultations, the proposal contains valuable elements, but falls short of what is needed to ensure sustainable fisheries in the EU.The proposal includes internationally agreed targets for the recovery of fish stocks that could see the end of overfishing in EU waters, if it receives the support of the Council and the European Parliament. It also encourages higher selectivity and partially addresses the wasteful practice of discarding perfectly good fish at sea.However, the proposal fails to recognize the need for a healthy marine ecosystem as a prerequisite for viable fisheries and does not commit Member States to follow scientific advice when setting fishing opportunities.
Dr. Monica Verbeek, Executive Director of Seas At Risk said: “More ambitious management targets for stocks will only halt overfishing if Ministers are obliged to set fishing quotas based on the best available scientific advice. We can no longer afford to put fish stocks at risk with the annual horse trading of quotas.” See the full press release.
Read the European Commission’s reform package.