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One Change: Hope – not gloom – should underpin the drive for climate action

“As nature is pushed to the fringes of our built-up world, it is these small pockets of wild resistance that can help.”

One Change: We work together to curtail the pandemic and must do same for environment

The Irish Government has pledged to plant 440 million trees by 2040.

One Change: Planting more trees in our cities and countryside is an integral part of ensuring a greener, more sustainable future

  Anthropocene puts humans centre stage in this moment in time – as the actors, the ones responsible for the mess. Photograph: Getty Images

One Change: By using the term, we are acknowledging our role in the climate emergency

Bonnie Monteleone’s rendering of The Great Wave by the Japanese artist Hokusai made with ocean debris

One Change: The impact of tiny plastics on human health is still unknown

We are already seeing the effects of global warming – from erratic weather and reports of melting ice caps – and these changes need to be studied and analysed.

One Change: Only by looking at the facts can we understand, and act, on the climate crisis

Ghost fungus glowing green at night is just one part of a complex network that supports and sustains nearly all living things. Photograph: Getty Images

If there’s anything that’s helped me through this year, it’s been zoning in on details from the natural world

 As a rich nation, we have an obligation to help those more at risk to climate change. Photograph: iStock

One Change: Why not consider giving to those already affected by the impact of climate destruction?

If you are a cat owner, putting a little bell on your pet will diminish its hunting effectiveness. Photograph: Getty Images

One Change: Conservationists urging cat owners to be aware of their pet’s hunting behaviour

Microplastics can be released into the water system via the washing of fleeces or other clothing containing plastics.

One Change: Tiny particles can be found in food, air and in tap and bottled water

Bamboo: There are more than 1,200 species, some of which can grow at the rate of one inch every 40 minutes. File photograph: Getty

One Change: You’ll find it in many eco products these days, but how sustainable is it?

Hope is a word Greta Thunberg uses carefully – she doesn’t want the rest of us to sit back and relax. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/The New York Times

One Change: Despite all the tragedy of wildfires and plastic waste, there is optimism in some of the efforts being made

Does ‘being more green’ just add to the already huge list of household duties? Photograph: Getty

One Change: Why does making your home greener so often fall to women?

With hairdressing, there’s plenty of ugly stuff that we don’t see from the comfort of the salon chair. Photograph: Getty Images

One Change: A new initiative aims to help salons become more environmentally conscious

Green for go. Across Europe, there has been the growing movement of ‘mini-forests’, often planted alongside roads or in public, urban spaces

One Change: We need to rethink the value we place on the natural environment

The production of liquid soap requires five times more energy for raw material and almost 20 times more energy for packaging production than a bar of soap.

One Change: Packaging and production adds hugely to environmental costs of liquid soap

There are 23,000 pieces of large debris in Earth’s orbit, according to Nasa.

One Change: Litter in space is a growing problem, and represents a long-standing indifference to caring for the environment

Plastic bottle, pollution that floats in the ocean.

One Change: From plastic bottles to paper bags, our huge reliance on throwaway items needs to change

One Change: Showering for one minute less could save 1,800l of water a year

Nicky’s Village Market in Kilcoole, Co Wicklow. When the shutdown was announced in March, flour and yeast were their first products to sell out

One Change: People have been flocking to their local shops like never before

The atmosphere is enjoying a break in air travel pollution. Photograph: Getty Images

One Change: Con trails from aircraft can accumulate, creating clouds which trap energy

Toilet paper has now become an ‘icon’ of mass panic. Photograph: Getty Images

One Change: Our new-found love for this previously unnoticed bathroom item raises some environmental questions

The average consumer buys 60 per cent more pieces of clothing than 15 years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

One Change: These past few weeks have made us all think about what we really value

David Attenborough’s nature documentaries are calming distractions these days

One Change: The natural world – via documentaries, podcasts or simply looking out the window – is about as therapeutic as it gets (...)

It is worth asking whether wine is served on tap before ordering by the glass. Photograph: Gregory Geipel/iStock/Getty Images

One Change: Shipping and packaging a big concern when considering environmental cost of alcohol

The Party Bag Busters at St Clare’s Primary School meeting pupils from Coláiste Bríde. Photograph:  @Colaistebride/Twitter

One Change: There’s so much rubbish at kid’s parties – but there are more sustainable alternatives

The environmental impact of listening to music has never been higher. Photograph: iStock

One Change: Streaming music creates up to 350,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases in US alone

An estimated 82 per cent of the world’s almonds are grown in drought-afflicted California. Photograph: iStock

One Change: A single almond takes about three and a half litres of water to produce

We sit into a long sledge and the pack of 12 fluffy, excited dogs, yapping and jumping around, suddenly stand to attention and take off.

Christmas may be a fading memory, but Sorcha Hamilton’s kids will never forget this one

This year it is estimated that more than half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold globally

One Change: One million plastic bottles are sold every minute, and only half are recycled

Nourish your children’s interest in the natural world by  making sure they get time in it over the Christmas break. Photograph: iStock

One Change: Be conscious about last-minute spending; panic buying can be the most wasteful

Bruegel Box: three of the artist’s painting    are projected on to   walls, floor to ceiling around you, at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts

City offers non-traditional approach to experiencing art and multimedia exhibitions

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Being more environmentally conscious can be kinder to our pockets, too

Nordmann firs – which are the most popular Christmas tree – absorb carbon from the air while they’re growing. Photograph: iStock

One Change: If you buy a real tree, don’t drive far to get it, and make sure to recycle

New alternatives, such as the Impossible Burger, are being hailed as one way forward. Photograph: iStock

One Change: My six-year-old daughter still loves her ham sandwices

Carson believed “the war was won in childhood”; that if an early relationship with nature was established, a child would be more likely to grow up with a strong sense of care for the environment. Photograph: iStock

One Change: The conservationist Rachel Carson believed it was crucial to encourage a child’s instinctive appreciation for the envi(...)

Have you ever wondered about the environmental impact of your period?

One Change: I was surprised how little I knew about what menstrual products are made from

Ninety per cent of all wet wipes on the market – that includes baby wipes, make-up removal ones and so-called “toilet” wipes – contain plastic. Photograph: iStock

One Change: Disposable baby and facial wipes are wreaking havoc on water systems and the marine environment

Beeswax wraps are a natural, reusable alternative to plastics.

One Change: Lose the cling film, plan your food week and avoid take-aways

Members of Fridays for Future urging action on climate change outside the Dáil in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

One Change: I'll be striking on September 20th with my children as part of the global day of protest

Flowers are not regulated in the same way as food stuffs, meaning toxic chemicals are often used in their production, which can be extremely dangerous for those handling them

One Change: Soil to vase involves air miles, pesticides, massive water usage and plastic packaging

Cotton wool is not compostable – even though it’s a natural fibre, it becomes contaminated when used, with the likes of nail polish remover, facial toner or mascara. Photograph: iStock

One Change: There are plenty of easy, reusable products – or you can make your own

Coral reef: Perhaps concern about the effect of sun screen chemicals on marine life is a distraction from worse types of environmental harm.

One Change: Hawaii and Key West have banned sunblocks believed to harm coral

The treetop walk at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

From lizards and crocodiles to treetop climbing and paddle-boating, there’s much to do for families

Being fully aware of your consumption of plastics is the first step in trying to reduce it. Photograph: iStock

One Change: It’s only when you try to get things packaging-free that you realise our dependency

500 billion disposable coffee cups  end up in landfill sites globally every year

One Change: We bin 22,000 single-use coffee cups every hour in Ireland

Beerista: in three years of brewery visits I’ve sampled too many beers to count. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

Beerista: I’m bowing out, with a fond farewell to Ireland’s thriving independent brewers

Guns’n’Rosé: the hibiscus-and-prickly-pear ale the band object to pours with a tinge of pink

Beerista: Controversial ale arrives in Ireland, plus fruity beers from Wylam and To Øl

Planet Earth: in May, Ireland was the second country to declare a climate emergency

One Change: As Greta Thunberg says, all we have to do is to wake up and change

Double IPA: Galway Bay has made its 9-per-cent-alcohol Sans Juice with New Realm

Beerista: New England-style double IPAs from Dot Brew, Galway Bay and O Brother

Hazy and clear: White Hag’s Fleadh Red IPA, Porterhouse’s Yippy IPA, 12 Acres’ Far Side Hazy IPA and Garage’s Soup IPA

Beerista: Garage’s Soup, 12 Acres’ Far Side, Porterhouse’s Yippy and White Hag’s Fleadh

Another newbie from Rascals is its hazy Fruitropolis pale ale

Beerista: The new Super Soaker ice-pop IPA from Wicklow Wolf is a gimmick that works

Crooked Stave uses big oak barrels to ferment its Sour Rosé ale

Beerista: Sours can be a challenge to drink, but a good one is perfect for sunny weather

Sobering experience?: Greg Koch at Stone Brewing in Berlin in 2016. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

Beerista: Germans were unimpressed when Stone Brewing brought coals to Newcastle

Barbecue time: when you switch to food, change your beer to something with a bit more flavour – but only if you’re eating something with plenty of flavour too. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

Beerista: Eating outside? Start with a lager or session ale, then switch to a fuller flavour

Beet Juice: Hopfully’s saison pours a lovely bright pink and has a good frothy head

Beerista: Two Irish saisons to try for the weekend, from Hopfully and Kinnegar

Lambic brewing: large barrels, or foudres, at Timmermans in Belgium. Photograph: Dirk Van Esbroeck

Beerista: Ancient methods produce a unique beer at a group of Belgian breweries

Brewer Grainne Walsh of Metalman brewery in Waterford.

New study suggest that drinkers have lower expectations of taste and quality if they believe a beer was produced by a woman

Orval: the Trappist ale features the legend of Countess Matilda on its label. Photograph: James Cridland/CC

Beerista: An Orval festival raises tricky questions about beer and marketing

Mikkeller Hazy IIPA: the Danish double IPA, from the Oregon Fruit series, looks more like a can of orange juice

Beerista: Most beer lovers seem happy to pay extra for a quality product, but is Hazy IIPA, made by Danish brewery Mikkellar from (...)

Two beers to try: Eight Degrees’s latest release Yellow Ball, a soft-bodied and sweeter  IPA, and  Yellow Belly’s special edition Where’s Wallonia saison

Beerista: A new collaboration IPA from Eight Degrees, a saison from Yellow Belly and next weekend’s Beer Bazar at 57 the Headline

Rye River head brewer Bill Laukitis

Beerista: Kildare brewery celebrates its fifth birthday with a beer festival in April

Irish IPAs: White Hag’s Fionn double IPA; Outlier, by Larkin’s Bewing; and Dot Brew’s So Far So Good

Beerista: New tasty offerings from McGargles, Larkin’s, Dot Brew and White Hag

Spring beers to try:  a stout,  porter and   raspberry sour

Beerista: Boundary’s Export Stout, Priory’s porter and Boyne Brewhouse’s raspberry sour

John Allen of Wicklow Wolf: “I like the roll of the dice of the barrel.”

Beerista: A visit to the brewery’s new site in Newtownmountkennedy

Beer of the Year 2019: Yellow Belly’s Citra Pale Ale

Beerista: Grafters range by Rye River gets a revamp; plus Beoir names their top Irish beers

Brickyard Gastropub: Two Yards session IPA and Brickline pale lager, two of the Dundrum bar’s own beers

Beerista: Brickyard, in Dundrum, has 24 taps, with a focus on top-notch Irish brewers

Fuller’s was London’s oldest independent brewery until it was sold to Asahi for £250 million late last month

Beerista: The sale of Fuller’s to Asahi late last month took many by surprise

High Tor India Red Ale,   Buxton Brewery and American Amber Ale by Hope Beer

Beerista: An easygoing American Amber from Hope and Buxton’s India Red Ale

The “Flagship February” initiative aims to remind drinkers of the founding beers that sometimes seem a little lost in the vast mix of newbies and one-offs on the shelves these days. Photograph: Getty Images

Beerista: New initiative aims to encourage drinkers to sample the founding beers of the craft movement

Grand Parade, a new 4.3 per cent session IPA made by Wexford’s YellowBelly and Cork’s Rising Sons and Wolf Racer, made by Wicklow Wolf and  Scotland’s Fierce Beer

Beerista: Dot Brewing and 12 Acres have made a very tasty rye IPA, while Yellow Belly has teamed up with Rising Sons, and Wicklow (...)

January is a great month to try something a little different, like a barrel-aged ale or a fruity sour

Beerista: Initiative aims to support small breweries at one of the quietest months of the year

There will be plenty of weirdness in 2019, so don’t be surprised if beers start to start more like soups or salads

Beerista: Expect more IPAs, lighter beers and some wacky savoury flavours in the new year

Photo of a multi generation family having a celebratory toast over  Thanksgiving dining table, during dinner

Beerista: While there’s no hard and fast rules to pairing food and beer, here are some tips to make the most of the best meal of t(...)

Fine dining is not just about wine anymore. “It’s become acceptable now to have a beer with your dinner.” Photograph: iStock

While gastro pubs have raised the bar for quality food and beer, many restaurants have been slow to embrace changing tastes when i(...)

Blackrock Cellar will make up beer gifts from smaller three-bottle sets to larger hampers of 20 beers or more.

Beerista: From gift packs and hampers to beer festival tickets – there’s loads of options

Ballykilcavan’s Bin Bawn Pale Ale is a solid, well-made pale ale at 4.6 per cent with a crisp finish, a good malty backbone and a light body

Beerista: At Ballykilcavan all of the malt used in their beer is sourced from their own farm

Kinnegar’s award-winning  Black Bucket rye black IPA

Beerista: Kinnegar's award-winning black IPA and Beavertown’s take on the style

8 Degrees: Hopsfume Brett IPA

Beerista: 8 Degrees releases a Brett IPA inspired by a Kevin Barry novel; Trouble and Blacks have new Brut IPAs

Cloudwater’s DDH Pale Citra and DIPA Citra Ekuanot: refreshing but not cheap

Beerista: Cloudwater founder on what UK’s exit from EU means for craft breweries

Total turnover of Irish craft beer producers in 2017 amounted to €44.3 million. Photograph: Tom Honan

Independent sector faces more competition from imports, bigger breweries

Birgitta Hedin Curtin and Peter Curtin of the Burren Brewery in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

Beerista: Peter Curtin, of the Roadside Tavern in Co Clare, on his hopless gruit beer

Moondust by Dead Centre Brewing and and Oatmeal Chocolate Milk Stout from The White Hag

Beerista: There are tasty new releases from the White Hag, O Brother and Dead Centre

Rascals’ new brewery and taproom in Inchicore, Dublin 8, which opens  to the public next week  

Beerista: Dublin brewery to open its new brewhouse and bar next week

The best kind of “food beer” will cut through all of those meat juices, and have enough body and flavour to work with or enhance all the other, rich elements of the meal. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Beerista: Belgian and brown ales perfectly match roast chicken and beef

Microbrews: Magic Rock Dancing Bear and And Union Neu Black

Beerista: Neu Black, from And Union, and Dancing Bear, from Magic Rock

Beerista: Sleeping Limes, from the Wild Beer Co, and Belly Dance, IPA, from YellowBelly and Big Belly

Beerista: Sleeping Limes from Wild Beer Co and Belly Dance IPA from YellowBelly

Handle with care: “Must remain cold at all times” is written on a can of beer made by New Jersey’s Magnify Brewery. Disregard that warning at your peril.

A new trend among American craft breweries is proving risky

Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing IPA and Galway Bay’s Clear Intentions. The ever-changing face of the IPA style has spurned a kind of pushback, itching for a return to the original IPA.

Beerista: Galway Bay’s Clear Intentions IPA pushes back against the ‘race for haze’

Irish breweries Kinnegar, Rascals, Hopfully, Brewtonic and others will be pouring at Brewtonic Beer Festival

Next weekend’s Brewtonic festival is all about the fun side of beer, and everyone is welcome

Brewdog “beer porn” Network: Launched by the Scottish brewery in an attempt to make beer overtake porn as the most popular online content.

A new TV venture has turned out to be a disaster for the Scottish brewery

The modular style of the Brlo brewpub in Berlin and its rows of grey benches and deck chairs, certainly makes for a change from the traditional German beer garden

Beerista: Made out of shipping containers, Brlo Brewhouse is no typical German pub

O’Hara’s introduced a reusable steel cup at a recent festival.

Beerista: How we consume beer is only part of the growing sustainability question

Rascals pina colada pale ale and White Hag dry-hopped lemon sour beer

Beerista: Cocktail pale ale from Rascals, and a lemon kettle sour from White Hag

Skinny Legs from Kinnegar.

New table beer from Kinnegar and a lemon smoothie pale ale from Whiplash

Melissa Cole:  “All the research shows that everybody prefers gender-neutral marketing – people don’t want to be marketed to as men or women.”

Fem-Ale event in Cork next weekend celebrates the role of women in the industry

Brothers Paddy, Barry and Brian O’Neill who set up O Brother brewery 3½ years ago

O Brother in Wicklow is the latest Irish microbrewery to add cans to their line-up of beers

The Hook lighthouse has a cafe in the visitor centre,  concentrating on foods prepared onsite and breads, cakes and scones baked in the in-house bakery.

Wexford is the perfect holiday spot for children, from Pirates Cove to Hook Head Lighthouse, and lovely beaches at nearly every tu(...)

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