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Videotaped conversations on environmental issues. Updated first of each month.

Interview with Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

On the critical opportunities for cities to lead the way in adapting to climate change impacts



It’s Time to Scare the Bejesus Out of People about Climate Change

Part 2 – More Bejesus Needed, But for Whom?


PAST 1 Apr 2017

Interview with Monica Lee, Principal Geologist, Head of Groundwater Programme, Geological Survey of Ireland

On the work of the Geological Survey of Ireland and its environmental protection efforts


1 Mar 2017

Interview with Dr. Cara Augustenborg, Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland

On agriculture and climate change in Ireland


1 Feb 2017

Interview with Attracta Uí Bhroin of the Irish Environmental Network

On the workings of and problems with recent proposed EU trade agreements with Canada (CETA) and the US (TTIP)


1 Jan 2017

Interview with Judi Logue and Jim Keys, Zero Waste North West

On the campaign to develop zero waste in a circular economy instead of incinerators and landfills


1 Dec 2016

Interview with Aedin McLoughlin, Good Energies Alliance Ireland

On anti-fracking and good energies campaigns on the Island of Ireland


1 Nov 2016

Interview with Niall O’Kane, Voluntary Director of Carntogher Community Association, County Derry NI

On the work of the Association to develop a community-owned wind power operation, acquire and manage Drumnaph Nature reserve, and preserve the Irish language,


1 Oct 2016

Interview with Patrick Cregg, Director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland

On the work of Woodland Trust in restoring native, ancient and long-established woodlands in Northern Ireland


1 Sep 2016

Interview with Stephen McCabe, Senior Policy Officer, Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL)

Interview with Senior Policy Officer of Northern Ireland Environmental Link (NIEL) on priorities for 2016-2021


1 Aug 2016

No “free pass” for agriculture in climate change debate, argues renowned US economist Jeremy Rifkin

Rifkin is Founder & President of the Foundation on Economic Trends


1 Jun 2016

EU innovation and leadership needed to deliver on COP21 Agreement – from viEUws

Much was promised by the Paris Agreement, but what can be delivered – a panel discussion


1 May 2016

Interview with Kenneth Williams, then CEO, Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA)

On the work of IWEA, and the current and future development of wind energy in Ireland


1 Apr 2016

Interview with Pat Oliver, former Head of the Green Schools Program at An Taisce

On the history and evolution of the Education Unit and Green Schools Program at An Taisce


1 Feb 2016

Interview with Cillian Lohan, CEO of Green Economy Foundation (formerly Irish Natural Forestry Foundation)

On Cillian Lohan’s work in forestry sector, on his work on European Economic & Social Committee, and on the rebranding of INFF as the Green Economy Foundation


1 Jan 2016

Interview with Frank McDonald, recently retired Environment Editor, The Irish Times

On McDonald’s tenure at the IT and the environmental movement in Ireland, 1979-2015


1 Nov 2015

Interview with Jim Kitchen, Executive Director, Sustainable Northern Ireland

On his work over decades on Sustainable Development with the devolved administration and local councils in NI, and establishing WWF and Belfast Food Network


1 Sep 2015

Interview with Craig McGuicken, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Environment Link

On the drastic government budget cuts affecting environmental sector in Northern Ireland and the sectors’ resilience


1 Jun 2015

Interview with Déirdre de Búrca, Director of Advocacy and Child Justice, World Vision

On the work of World Vision and growing interplay between developmental aid and climate change


1 May 2015

Interview with Alan Andrews, Head of Air Program, ClientEarth

On the work of ClientEarth and an anatomy of the litigation against the UK for breaches of nitrogen dioxide limit values under EU law


1 Apr 2015

Interview with Magda Stoczkiewicz, Director, Friends of the Earth Europe

On the work of the Friends of Earth Europe, including Keepers, 2030 EU targets, the deregulation agenda of the new Commission, TTIP and ISDS


1 Mar 2015