Feidhlim Harty emphasises the need to minimise the extraction of critical raw materials, to ensure that the materials are used as responsibly as possible, and to ensure that miners' rights are respected.
"Whereas carbon savings offer only abstract feedback images of graphs and charts, habitat restoration immediately provides beautiful places to visit, living trees and other plants and animals to watch and enjoy, as well as near-term tangible benefits," writes Feidhlim Harty.
This report by Féidhlim Harty argues that closed-loop agriculture would not only stop the waste of nutrients to watercourses as pollution, it would also stop the high energy inputs needed for artificial nitrogen production, would enhance biodiversity, and could go a significant way towards reducing overall agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
We welcome comments on this draft report which has been submitted to the Irish Environmental Network by Feidhlim Hardy, on behalf of Feasta.
How can we break our water supply's current dependency on fossil fuels ? Feidhlim Harty provides some suggestions at the local, community and wider levels.