A short story by Xiaolu Guo 1. Houyi At that time, the universe had two different worlds – the Earth, where the Mortals lived, and the Heaven where the Immortals reigned. At that time, the mountain was scarlet red and the sea flowed with the colour of blood. At that … Read more
When it comes to the climate, who can you trust?
As part of Free Word Centre’s Weather Stations programme, comedian Tiernan Douieb hosted a lively debate about how trust affects our understanding of climate change and our willingness to act on it.
The debate featured visiting Weather Stations writer Tony Birch, Tamsin Cooper from Green Alliance, freelance journalist Claudia Delpero and young climate activist Esha Marwaha. With poetry from Orla Price.
Are trains really a viable alternative to air travel for an environmentally-conscious arts charity like us? To find out, we took the train to Poland. But not everything went according to plan. Free Word’s Administrator Lauren Mooney recounts her unexpected adventure. – “It will not stop here tonight.” “Not … Read more
Last week in New York City, the U.N. led the Global Warming Summit, which has become a rather big topic around the world. Leaders from 125 nations were be represented. It was the first time in five years that world leaders have gathered to discuss climate change. The U.N. summit aims to get world … Read more
Just before noon, the People’s Climate March begins. It is a beautiful Sunday in September. More than 300,000 people march through the Manhattan streets of New York City, crying and singing for the future of the planet, and the future of our children. With banners, flags, and drums, protesters demand … Read more
We are in Central Park, New York, on the 21st of September 2014. Throughout the morning, hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the west gate, ready to march through Manhattan. It will surely be, to date, the biggest Climate March against global warming, the result of industrial development without … Read more
Tallaght is the name Rua is the colour a place & a people armed with pens & brushes & words some have empty pockets all have hearts for art & stories they have given time & generosity to me I made these words for them & their own Tony Birch
LATE SUMMER AFTERNOON I look up. The ocean that we call sky is clear. The burning light of the sun hurts my eyes. Instinctively I turn my head in another direction. What I see is the reflecting after-glow on the other side of the big mirror. My brain tells me … Read more
It is 8.20 in the morning in Berlin and I’m looking out on the street, to where a few drifters remain after an all-night dance party. I leave for Dublin this afternoon and will not have the opportunity to join the climate change march that will take place here this … Read more
When reading an American theoretician of the new economy, Jeremy Rifkin, one may believe for a while that a better world is possible. The fossil fuel age is coming to an end (and everyone knows that), global warming is a problem still likely to be solved, and the Internet makes … Read more
I have been spoilt this week in Berlin. The weather is clear and sunny, and I have been to a remarkable writers’ festival where the emphasis is on ideas and exchange rather than celebrities and book sales. My hosts have been remarkably generous. I feel blessed and energised, rather than … Read more
Above a selection of images taken during the workshops of Students from Coláiste de hÍde, Firhouse Community College, and Mount Seskin Community College participating in a series of workshops with author Oisin McGann DUBLIN SUBSTATION: a youth engagement programme of Weather Stations with Tallaght Community Arts begins this August … Read more