February 23, 2024

Take action for the planet

 In 2023, we in DLR Volunteer Centre made a Statement of Commitment to Environmental Action, and we want to continue to live up to this statement this year and onwards.  As part of this commitment, we want to support volunteers to take environmental actions. 

From personal experience we know it can be overwhelming to figure out how you can help to protect our planet.  Sometimes it can be hard to decide what to do, to find the right way to get involved and take action.

We are going to try to share actions that you can take, in the hope of inspiring you!  We plan to share ideas like this with you every few months, and we hope that you will be inspired to do something, and tell us about it!

Support Active Travel

Dublin City Council would like to invite the public to have their say on plans for the
Milltown Road-Dodder Walk to Dundrum Road Active Travel Route. This route has been identified as a suitable location for rapid build walking and cycling facilities. It will facilitate a continuous route along the Dodder corridor in advance of the Dodder Greenway project. Find out more and have your say here.

Plant a Tree

DLR County Council’s Parks Department will be planting 10,000 trees with members of our community across February and March. 

Locations are Cluny Park, Shanganagh Cliffs and Clonkeen Park. Will you join them and plant a tree? Find out how to get involved here.

Save the Skydancers

Will you support Birdwatch Ireland’s campaign to save hen harriers? This iconic bird is renowned for its spectacular aerial courtship display known as the skydance. Human activities have damaged the habitat of this ground nesting bird and it is under pressure. Can you get involved to help save it? Consultation closes on Tuesday 20th Feb. Get involved here.

Monitor Air Quality and Weather

Become a Citizen Scientist! Could you support research in UCD? The SCORE project is looking for volunteers to install a personal weather station and air quality monitor in your home or back garden. By hosting this equipment in your garden or home, you contribute directly to the understanding of local weather patterns and air pollution, essential for climate resilience initiatives. Limited units available. Find out how to express interest here.

Organise a Cuppa for Climate

Could you organise a conversation about climate in your community or work place?
Cuppa for Climate is a chance for you to get a group of people together to talk about the climate crisis and explore positive actions for change in a friendly and informal way – while supporting
the work of Friends of the Earth. Planning and hosting a Cuppa for Climate is simple, and there is no need to be an expert on climate to take part. You can learn more about this and sign up here.

Get involved with BOLD Climate Action!

Are you an adult aged 60 or over? Then this may be the climate initiative for you! BOLD Climate Action was set up by older people who are very concerned
about the climate crisis – and the failure of the Irish government to seriously address it. Some of the topics of concern to the group are: carbon emissions, fuel poverty and public transport. Think you might like to get involved? Read more about the group here.

Join in with Dublin Friends of the Earth

Dublin Friends of the Earth is an active group of volunteers who work together to champion urgent environmental causes that have a positive and practical
effect in helping our environment in Dublin, Ireland and globally. The group meets monthly online and hosts a guest speaker, a fun quiz and discusses plans for action. This group supports other organisations to deliver their mission, so in-person activities include clean-ups, protests and tree planting. More info here and to be added to the mailing list you can email dublin@foe.ie.

If you are aware of any other ways to take action, that you think would be good to share with other volunteers in our next mailing, please do get in touch.