Mary Robinson has done much to raise the profile of justice and equity in the midst of the climate and biodiversity emergency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Climate change influencers

Big changes in our economy, governance and individual behaviours are needed to reduce the impact of the climate and biodiversity emergency on the plan(...)

 Climate justice campaigner and former president Mary Robinson. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Those who wish to make a meaningful contribution to tackling climate change should make it a personal issue in their lives and do something, climate j(...)

 Síofra Caherty, Fiona O’Doherty Mindy O’Brien, Flossie Donelly, Una Hand, Padraic Fogarty, and Kate Ruddock. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The grassroots uprising is underway and people of all ages are calling for great urgency on climate action. A lack of political action in Ireland has (...)

Homeward Bound: women scientists in Antarctica in January 2018. Photograph: Oli Sansom 2018

“The scientific world is simply not designed for women,” declares Dr Tara Shine. The environment and development consultant is travelling to Antarctic(...)

Former  president of Ireland Mary Robinson: “I never had to consider evacuation of a country” like certain developing countries threatened by rising sea levels.   Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Former president Mary Robinson has said she was “saddened” to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar refer to Ireland as being a “laggard” in tackling climate ch(...)

Former president Mary Robinson: she said in recent months the foundation’s board  had been considering its  future direction

The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice is to scale back its activities in 2019, but the former president will continue to campaign on climate (...)

“After last week’s eruption of mockery, defensiveness, whataboutery directed at Mary Robinson (above), many of us were left wondering where lies the long-vaunted sophistication in the farmers’ lobby?”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In a convenience store in a pretty west of Ireland village, the first display inside the door is a fridge piled high with €3 chickens. Three euro. The(...)

Calls by former president Mary Robinson for people to give up meat in the interests of climate justice have been criticised by farmers.  File photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Calls by former president Mary Robinson for people to give up meat in the interests of climate justice have been greeted with anger, even derision. (...)

Workers move sacks of emergency food supplies in and out of Ethiopia’s largest ‘strategic grain reserve’ depot in Adama, on February 13, 2016. Ethiopia is in the grip of an El Nino drought with 10.2 million people - 10 per cent of the population - needing food aid. (Photo credit  COLIN COSIER/AFP/Getty Images)

I met men, women and children who were hungry and malnourished on my recent trip to the drought stricken Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. It was sh(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with French president Francois Hollande upon his arrival for the opening of the UN conference on climate change, on November 30th, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday I will join more than 120 other world leaders and the representatives of some 190 countries in Paris to support and mark the opening (...)

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