think green

We want to take this opportunity to launch a "2016 Charter" for a simpler more sustainable way of living, and also to give the natural world around us the respect and protection it needs.

We know the natural environment is in trouble. We know that climate change is upon us. We know that in the western world we are all part of a consumer driven society that is so wasteful of the Earth’s precious resources. We have to change the way we live.

Let’s start now. Our children and grandchildren are the ones who will have to live with the consequences of a planet in trouble. That is not what we want for them.

I know many people who are already very concerned and doing what they can in their own lives but signing up to this "Charter 2016" with lots of other like minded people is bound to make a significant difference. Then we can build on that to go even further in living a simpler, waste free life that is respectful and protective of the environment.

The following is a list of simple resolutions from which you can select many or few commitments to help the environment.

How many of these resolutions can you sign up to?                 Tick the box to Commit! 


Just buy what you need. When out shopping ask yourself. Do I really need this?



Buy Fairtrade when possible. Fairtrade products are a guarantee that the farmers in the Third   WWorld countries who produce the goods get a fair price.



Aim to have as little waste as possible.



Recycle and have a compost bin.



Fruit and vegetable production  is  generally less harmful to the environment than is the case with the meat industry.  Go vegetarian for one day each week. Cook your own food to cut down on packaging.



Try to avoid plastic as much as possible. Most of it cannot be recycled, and plastic bags and mmolecules end up in the sea causing damage to marine life.



Think like your granny. Use up perishable food. Challenge yourself to make a meal from what is left oover in your fridge rather than going straight to the shop.



When boiling the kettle put left over hot water into a thermos flask ready for the next hot drink.



Buy loose fruit and veg, plus as much as possible from what is in season. Think Air, Ship  before you buy.



Make your own chemical free natural household cleaning products. It’s easy – mainly vinegar and bread soda. Just google!



Support your local shop if you are fortunate enough to have one.



Buy new technical items only if you really need them. Mining is needed to supply the raw materials for these products and recycling old technical equipment is a dirty business.



Join an Taisce Spring Clean in your own area. If there is none in your area, set up one. Include the children.



Farming has changed so much in the last 40 years. Land is farmed more intensively with a much greater use of chemical fertiliser. This has had a damaging effect on the environment and on wild-life.  Alternatively we can produce our own food free of all chemical fertilisers and pesticides thus playing our part in the preservation of our environment.



Cut the lawn only when you have to. Let clovers, daisies and dandelions have a chance to flower. They feed our bees and other insect life.



Let some nettles thrive in a sunny patch. They are a food source for lots of caterpillars.  No caterpillars  -  no butterflies.



Plant a native tree. Think of all the beautiful mature trees felled in Westmeath in the last two years. Plant lots of trees if you can!



Some flowers are not attractive to bees. Ask at your garden centre or google for bee friendly flowers and herbs, and have something in flower from early Spring to late Autumn.



Say a definite no to weed-killer in your garden. Weeds are really just flowers in the wrong place and again are a valuable food source for insect life.



Save energy and money! Switch off all appliances overnight and when leaving the house. Even on stand-by all appliances will use electricity.



For Further Information:

Call Veronica Lynam from Westmeath Environmental Group  (085) 778 0021 or Email:       
visit Longford/Westmeath Irish Wildlife Trust at

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