Taking back control: Five ways to make a real difference in 2017

 2017 is a fresh opportunity to make a real and valuable contribution.

Some things you can’t change even if you wanted to. Some events are just out of your control, simple as that. I could list some examples but there’s no need – suffice to say the collective noun for these sorts of things should really be a ‘2016’ – as in ‘There was a 2016 of uncontrollable events, it came out of nowhere and flattened almost everything in its path.’

But it’s done – 2016 is over! – file it away under experience, time to move on.

This year is going to be different and the key is going to be directing your time and energy toward things you have an actual say in – Here’s five great ways you can make a real difference in 2017.

Taking back control

Taking back control Focus on things you can positively influence

1. Make your voice heard by the Government


  • Take action against fracking & make a submission to the Government

Fracking is bad for the environment. Now let the government know what you think. The people over at Greennews.ie have put together an excellent post on how to make a submission about fracking to the Joint Oireachtas Committee. The closing date for submissions is February 2. Find out more here

2. Become a fundraiser for something that matters


  • Help the RNLI by organizing a fundraising event

The RNLI save lives at sea and need your help. There’s loads of way to fundraise like Bake sales, Coffee Mornings,  Bag packing, Raffles and Auctions to name a few. And the RNLI will help you with promoting your event. Find out more here

3. Get involved with Marine Conservation


  • Join a Clean Coast Group

This is some great outdoor conservation work. Clean Coasts engages communities in protecting beaches, seas and marine life now and for future generations. They want you to join them in the fight against marine litter. Find out more here

4. Help protect whales and dolphins in Irish waters


  • Become a member of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Irish waters. Along with other membership benefitts you’ll get opportunities to take part in IWDG research cruises and fieldwork. Find out more here

5. Become a citizen scientist and help collect information about the environment


  • Take part in a Coastwatch survey

The Coastwatch Surveys help create an important picture of the state of the coast. It involves volunteers from all walks of life checking their chosen stretch of coast and jotting observations down on a questionnaire. The information you help collect makes a real difference to our understanding of the Irish coast. Find out more here

It’s 2017 – Be the change you want to see in the world!

About the Author

Daniel Farrell
Interested in all things on the Irish coast and sharing the best of it. // Email: Daniel@coastmonkey.ie // Follow on Twitter: @DanielsSeaViews