Fridays for Earth

In the second of our Fridays for Earth series, Cork Environmental Forum and SHEP Earth Aware will host a panel discussion on Friday 10th July 7pm -8.30pm on the themes of Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective.

Our panellists will be Donal Chambers, lecturer in sustainable living and permaculture design at Kinsale College and Erin O’Brien, Executive Planner with Cork City Council.

As with our previous event, the film is free to watch online.

You can find out more and book your place at Eventbrite.

As we’ve all hopefully had a chance to notice, the slowdown that has accompanied the lockdown has allowed nature a breathing space as it has burst in to life for the spring and summer.

As part of the ongoing need to get together while staying apart, SHEP Earth Aware and Cork Environmental Forum are teaming up for online community screenings and panel discussions of environmental and activist films.

First up is a panel discussion on Friday 12th June at 7pm-8:30 around the 2011 documentary, The Economics of Happiness, produced by Local Futures and directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page.

The award-winning documentary spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s globalaised economy and highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local, showcasing some of the steps people are already taking worldwide. It highlights that there is a difference between “globalisation” and international co-operation, just like there is a difference between “localisation” and isolationism. The film featureds interviews with Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, and other inspiring thinkers and activists.

Our panel discussion will feature contributions from Anja Lyngbaek from Local Futures, Peadar Kirby from Cloughjordan EcovIllage in Tipperary and Thomas Riedmuller from The Hollies centre for sustainable living in West Cork.

Book a place at the panel discussion at

Please do watch the film before attending the panel discussion

How to watch

The Economics of Happiness is free to watch for at

Thank you to our panellists: Anja Lyngbaek from Local Futures, Peadar Kirby from Cloughjordan EcoVillage and Thomas Riedmuller from The Hollies. We were most happy to have their company and insights for our inaugural screening.
We have a number of resources and information on some other events that might be of interest to you.

Reading and Resources from The Economics of Happiness Panel Discussion

The companion booklet to the film has summaries of the main themes and also links on to many more written and video resources. If you want to develop your understanding of what was in the film, it’s a very good starting point. Download the booklet at

Books mentioned by Peadar Kirby during the discussion are:

  • Michael Cronin: An Ghaeilge agus an Éiceolaíocht/Irish and Ecology, Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta, 2019 (available from Sheelagh na Gig bookshop in Cloughjordan:
  • Pope Francis: Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, Veritas, 2015 (easily available on-line)
  • David Fleming: Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016.
  • Nicola Jo-Anne Smith: Showcasing Globalisation? The political economy of the Irish Republic, Manchester University Press, 2005
  • Breandán Ó Doibhlin: An Cultúr Gaelach: Cosaint na Daonnachta, An Aimsir Óg, 2004

World Localization Day | 21 June

It’s clear that there’s no back to normal. So what comes next? A new human story, founded on the principles of connection and diversity, is emerging.

It’s called Localization.

Brought to you by Local Futures, this is a world-changing program of inspirational talks, interviews & films with Vandana Shiva, Russell Brand, Charles Eisenstein and more…

Find out more at

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