02 October 2019
Hildegard Naughton TD, Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment will open the conference with a recorded message. Hildegarde was a Galway City Councillor and Mayor before her appointment to the Seanad in 2013. In 2016 she was elected to the 32nd Dáil and represents the constituency of Galway West – South Mayo. Hildegarde is a graduate, B.A Economics and French & M.A French, of the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Kate Ruddock is deputy director of Friends of the Earth. Her vision for the future is a just world where people and nature thrive. Kate has a degree in science and a masters in environmental sustainability and has worked in renewable energy, community development and environmental education for her career. She is a director on the Board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, sits on the National Economic and Social Council, and is a member of the Eirgrid Advisory Council and the Environmental Pillar.
Michael Ewing B.Tech. (Hons) M.Sc. is Development Officer Environmental Pillar. He worked as the Senior Researcher at the Centre for Sustainability at the IT Sligo and then with the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) to build the advocacy coalition of 28 national environmental NGOs that in 2009 became the Environmental Pillar. In 2010 he was appointed to the additional role of Coordinator of the IEN, a network of 34 national environmental NGOs. He is a member of the National Economic and Social Council since 2009, the National Climate Dialogue Advisory Committee. He has recently retired from his Coordinator roles, but continues to work as a volunteer Development Officer for the Environmental Pillar.
Dr Damian Jackson is Programme Officer of the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting works with the 15 member churches as they seek to witness to Christ by working together in Ireland. Current priority issues for the churches are climate justice and care of creation (Irishchurches.org/climate), housing insecurity and homelessness (Irishchurches.org/homeless), Brexit, and migration and asylum concerns. His PhD from the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College examined Irish churches’ responses to undocumented migrants. He is married with three daughters and lives in Dublin.
Ben Malone is Administrative & Engagement Officer for the National Biodiversity Data Centre, This is a national organisation that collates and manages data on Ireland’s wildlife. Wildlife, or biodiversity, data is key to understanding our natural surroundings; tracking change in our environment, such as the effects of climate change, and gaining a greater insight to how we benefit from, and impact upon, the ecosystem goods and services provided by biological diversity. Much of the Data Centre’s work involves building capacity to increase the quality and quantity of biodiversity data generated by the citizen scientist community.
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