The Sustainable Ireland National Conference took place on the 11th April in Croke Park, Dublin. The conference was about the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on scale food producers.
After powerful speeches from four young people about sustainable food for our future, Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine took the floor and defined the SDGs and summarize what can be done and how Ireland is doing about each SDG.
Some other speakers were talking after that about SDGs in their organisations. There were information about SDGs in Ireland but also in Africa and how we can develop SGDs abroad, put in place good agriculture practices, fair trade and small scale agriculture, how Ireland is doing in term if SDGs and comparing it to other EU countries, how to improve agriculture practices in Ireland…
There were also some witnesses of farmers who decided to focus on organic food and small scale agriculture, and talks about how some organisations are doing around Ireland to improve the agricultural system.
The speeches were very interesting and showed that we need to do more for the environment and to limit climate change. We have to change our practices and behaviours. More and more farmers are trying to develop small scale agriculture and other good practices, which is one of the solutions we can put in place.
Even though it gives a negative feeling to see that Ireland is so low in term of SDGs achievement compare to other EU countries, there are many positive actions around the country that will lead the way to a more sustainable Ireland.