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Is Ireland doing enough to combat the climate crisis?
- By Aron Calvert
In the News
Climate change is something that affects every single person, no matter where we lie on this globe. It’s also a problem that we all have a responsibility to deal with. For countries in the western world this responsibility is even larger because our fossil fuel emissions are much greater than those elsewhere in the world. Countries in Europe and North America are the main contributors and so we should be the leaders in resolving this climate crisis the world is currently embroiled in. Although Ireland is a small country with a small population on the outskirts of Europe, our greenhouse gas emissions per person are among the highest of any country in the world. We have already begun to see the effects of global warming and without enough action by the people and government these effects will only grow.
What needs to be done to address the climate crisis?
In order to solve the problem of climate change we need to begin to do something about it now and radically cut our burning of greenhouse gasses. Carbon emissions are contributing to the greenhouse gas effect, when greenhouse gases like carbon and methane cause heat to become trapped in the atmosphere, which then causes the Earth to heat up, causing sea water levels to rise when icebergs melt. This leads to increased storms, extreme weather and many other side effects. On our island not only have we failed to reduce our carbon emissions, they have been growing slowly, mostly because of our actions like agriculture, transport, and our extensive usage of energy. To prevent carbon emissions from continuing to grow, we need to stop burning fossil fuels and begin to turn towards more renewable energy sources, and we need this to happen quickly.
Is the government doing enough?
Ireland has been involved in several climate talks and loads pf agreements over the years, on both a global and European level. Most of our climate policies have been introduced due to these meetings. However, it’s imperative we know that just because the government has signed up to these agreements and have begun to create policies, it doesn’t mean for a second that the Irish government has begun to act on them. Ireland has recently declared a 'climate emergency', the government needs to act in order to really address the issue and treat it with the seriousness it deserves.
The Government may love to portray the image of them working tirelessly for the environmentalist cause, but the truth is far from that. They continue to sign treaties and agreements, and nothing continues to be done. The government needs to work to make a carbon neutral life a viable one. One of our largest carbon contributors is our usage of cars however none of the alternatives presented by the government are viable for a lot of people. Public transport outside of Dublin consists of Buses and trains the latter of which are not useful for most daily travel. Buses in Ireland have limited routes and are extremely unreliable. Often late buses will leave you waiting for up to an hour. People cannot be expected to use public transport ahead of private if it is of such low quality.
Electric vehicles are often pointed to as the main alternative for transport however due to the lack of charging stations around Ireland and the time it takes to charge long haul journeys are quite risky in these vehicles. They also can tend to be expensive. They are an option for some people but are not a one size fits all solution.
The changes that must be made will take time and will likely be difficult but are not impossible. Young people want to see the government act rather than blabbing their gums consistently about things that will get them elected. We don’t care about how many agreements we want action and it needs to be immediate.
Perhaps if more of us has such zeal for this issue then a solution would be more readily found.
Around the School
There are many advantages for doing homework. It’s not just about going over what you learnt in school that day. It is also about learning skills such as setting priorities and time management which are important skills for life.
Homework teaches students about time management – you learn to work out how much time you need on each subject depending on how much you have to do each night. This is an important skill to have if you later decide to go to college or even when you are at work. You need to be able to manage your study time in college or your tasks that have to be completed at work.
Homework also teaches us how to set priorities which is something we also need for later life. We need to know how to priorities our study, work and free time.
Homework also is of benefit to teachers as it shows them how much a student understood what was done in class and shows the student how much more they need to learn.
It also gives students the chance to go over work that was done in class without any distractions, maybe in a place they are more relaxed to learn in.
Homework also teaches us how to solve problems and to be able to work on our own. It makes us responsible for learning ourselves and teaches us that sometimes we have to do things even when we don’t want to.
Some people may argue that homework eats into our spare time but I would argue that it teaches us to manage our time better, prioritise what we need to do and make choices about how we spend our free time.
Others may argue that parents may get too involved in a student’s homework removing the benefit of learning a home but I disagree with this. It can be valuable time for parents and children to spend together.
Overall homework teaches students the importance of planning, being organised and taking actions which far outweighs any disadvantages. Thanks for your time hope you will consider my points of view
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The standard of refereeing in the rugby World Cup 2019
- By Eoin Walsh
There has been a large discussion about the standard of referees in the rugby World Cup this past week. These complaints have been mainly about policing the offside line. Some people have suggested bringing in a second official specifically for watching the offside line. Initially, I thought is that not the job of the assistant referees but after further research I discovered that assistant referees are instructed to limit their interactions with the referee to five per game. Because of this assistant referees tend to only worry about dangerous play and don’t pay much attention to the offside line.
With the way many defences in the modern game play with a fast rush defence if the offside line is not policed properly it can lead to attacks being snuffed out and often results in boring games of rugby.
Proper policing of the offside line definitely makes for a better game of rugby with the attacks having more time and space to exploit and score trys.
To fix this problem I would simply have the assistant referees on both sides communicate to the wingers and make sure the defence is onside.
The TMO could also communicate with the ref and for example say “number 12 blue offside” this would make it easier to police the offside line without having to distract the referee or assistant referee in other events in a match. That would be an easy fix.
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