North Kerry Environmental Forum
March 19, 2019
In your own words, tell us about your project.
Founded in 2009 with the addition of a social media platform in 2012 to enable greater awareness and broader reach on the issues of climate change, impacts of coastal erosion, the increasing pollution of our oceans and detrimental impact on marine life-it was of fundamental importance to our founder to increase awareness locally but also to affect a positive change in human behaviour.
A number of advocacy campaigns also have been established which secured a number of awards.
''Thinking Global-Acting Local'' 2009 ©
''Leave only Footprints'' 2012 ©
''Think Global-Think Green'' ©
''Save our Stars'' Programme - NKEF founder is a designated provider of this IDA education programme since 2015
Our Founder is a Expert on Environmental Education who has lectured nationally & internationally on Environmental & Planning Law, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Tourism, Eco-Innovation, Eco-systems & Biodiversity & the interconnectedness of Human Rights and Environmental Health.
Why did you do this work?
Our Oceans are under particular threat and consequently increasing vulnerability of our marine life with the scourge of disposed plastic in our seas.
Climate change and global warming has created impacts on :-
a) the rise in sea-level due to thermal expansionof ocean water;
b) melting glaciers and polar ice;
c)the changing frequency,intensity and spatial pattern of precipitation, coastal storms and other extreme weather events;
d) increasing stress on terrestrial and marine ecosystems and species (EEIA,2005 Beasley 2005)
Changes in ecosystems and the climate increase the liklihood nof unpredictable environmental disruptions, for example the collapse of previously reliable food sources, catastrophic floods or the disappearance of economical valuable species. This is likely to lead to sudden climate change and therefore to lead to a significant loss of biodiversity and socio-economic assets.
High rates of Coastal development and inappropriate tourism developments can risk the coastal areas becoming anonymous peri-urban landscapes devoid of any character-as a result these developments can have a huge impact on the common natural resources and the local socio-cultural fabric in the long-term. Coastal development and tourism intensification are leading to the over frequentation of natural sites both on land and at sea.
This is a particular concern in areas of high-value eco-systems where increasing volume of peoples activities impacts on fragile coastal systems. We developed a coastal education campaign ''Leave Only Footprints;'' to help mitigate this impact and also deliver awareness advocacy on ICZM.
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
Enabling positive change in Peoples Behaviour to protect our planet-'Our Common Future''
Our social media project was established in 2012 and we continue to facilitate education on light pollution & our 'Save Our Stars' programme.
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
Collaborate & Communicate for Collective Change.