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Barking Up The Rite Tree

Barking

Up The

Rite Tree

New Development Education Resources Inspired by our Reliance on Nature

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New Education Resources for a New Era

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There are many complexities in environmental policy but societal shifts are a key focus of Chatham House research, such as reducing global meat consumption, developing a circular economy in which products are recycled, repaired or reused, and improving the sustainable management of natural resources such as water, forestry and timber, and fossil fuels as part of a more resilient ecosystem.

Chatham House

Each year trillions of dollars are funneled into climate-destroying projects – from deforestation to unsustainable agribusiness and digging up and burning fossil fuels. As world leaders make new climate commitments for decades down the road, the real culprits of the climate crisis – climate-wrecking industries and their financial backers – slip under the radar and continue to wreak havoc on our planet and natural habitats.

Global Witness

The future’s not determined, the future is in our hands; what happens over the next centuries will be determined by how we play our cards this decade.

Professor Johan Rockström

Breaking Boundaries

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Land and Environmental Defenders are leading the fight against the climate crisis, by standing up to destructive industries which threaten the health of our planet.

Since the 2015 Paris climate agreement nearly 800 defenders have been killed while others have lost homes and livelihoods, face orchestrated smear campaigns and are labelled ‘terrorists’. In 2019 the United Nations formally recognised the role of defenders in environmental protection and a recent global study showed that 11% of environmental conflicts, defenders contributed to halting environmentally destructive projects.  SOURCE: Global Witness (please see our ‘campaigns’ page for what you can do – coming in July 2021)

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS MURDERED

NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS MURDERED SINCE 2015

animal agriculture

Ireland has more agriculture animals than people. ​Animal agriculture is the number 1 cause of Ireland’s declining water quality (EPA). And has contributed considerably to the decimation of Ireland’s hedgerows and the species of flora and fauna that depends on this unique habitat. Worldwide, animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. See ‘Ireland’s COWSPIRICY’ section-Coming July 2021)

IRELAND'S NATIONAL HERD

IRELAND's NATIONAL HERD

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Like it or lump it, all the big issues the world is facing today are fundamentally tied to people, places and things (such as animal agriculture) and the interactions, interconnections and implications all three have on each other—they are geographic issues by nature with local, regional and global influences.

Ireland’s Killarney National Park is threatened by fires and is on the brink of ecocide – see our ‘campaigns’ section for more information. 

WILDFIRES WORLDWIDE IN 2020

WILDFIRES WORLDWIDE IN 2020

our planet

BURT will empower learners to challenge the current unacceptable practices that threaten our very survival and that of future generations. BURT is designed to engage teachers, parents, pupils and anyone at all interested – uncles, aunts, grandparents, guardians – in helping to make the changes necessary for a better and more sustainable future for humans and wildlife. 

SPECIES (INCLUDING 8,000 TREE SPECIES) FACING EXTINCTION

SPECIES (INCLUDING 8,000 TREE SPECIES) FACING EXTINCTION

ecosystem restoration

ecosystem restoration

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, declared on 1 March 2019 by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight climate change, and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity. 

BURT will enable learners to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – 2021-2030 and the UN Global Goals.

YEARS LEFT TO GET IT RIGHT

YEARS LEFT TO GET IT RIGHT

WAKE UP!

WE NEED HELP!

WE NEED IT NOW!

Make A difference

In Barking Up The Rite Tree, history, geography, science, maths and politics come together to influence our thinking and help us come up with solutions to today’s pressing environmental and human rights issues. Use it and give the thousands of students who went on school strike across Ireland in 2019 some hope that we can make a difference – that their ‘rite of passage’ to a safe, clean and abundant planet is possible.

WAKE UP!

WE NEED HELP!

WE NEED IT NOW!

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New

BURT Series

Resources Coming Soon!

New

BURT Series

Resources Coming Soon

New

BURT Series

Resources Coming Soon!

WOODOFLIFE GOALS

local links to global challenges

On an international platform Barking Up The Rite Tree supports TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD: The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Just Forests WOODOFLIFE Goals are a combination of the UN Global Goals (SDGs), the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) and our very popular Wood of Life hands-on exhibition panels. They will link very clearly to all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims to create a world in which consumption and production patterns and use of all natural resources – from air to land, from rivers, to lakes and acquirers to oceans to seas – are sustainable. The SDGs are the global communities response to the most pressing and most urgent economic, social and environmental problems facing society today, from climate change to loss of biodiversity, global poverty, inequality and basic human-rights. The WOODOFLIFE Goals brings a very ‘local’ focus to a very ‘global’ problem.

SUPPORTING THE UN DECADE ON ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION 2021-2030

SUPPORTING THE UN DECADE ON ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION 2021-2030

AND MANY MORE…

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