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While the fight against climate change can seem overwhelming, making a relatively small change in your life can have an effect. As the centrepiece of this issue, we speak to people who made achievable changes in order to make our planet a better place.


Karl Purdy and Caroline Sleiman-Purdy are the fine folk behind Cofeeangel, an independent specialty coffee business based in Dublin. Talking about the introduction of their own keep cup scheme – Your Cup Our Future, Karl mentioned some incredible figures which should be a great incentive for people to take part.

“Coffeeangel has been going for 15 years, so we have a pretty good insight into how much coffee we sell and how many cups we go through on a daily basis. We have long been aware of the issue of single use paper cups. We’re not going to solve the problem but we would like to feel we’re doing something tangible to help.

“All the cups we were using, even before coming up with the idea for the Your Cup Our Future campaign, are recycleable. The plastic tops are also recycleable. The real challenge is that the infrastructure isn’t always there to recycle them. On the city streets there aren’t dedicated bins for recycleables.

“We wanted to promote the use of reusable cups - keep cups. And what we felt was important was that rather than give discounts for the use of keep cups, we would donate 20 cent to Friends Of The Earth Ireland every time a customer uses one. This is in an effort to help Friends Of The Earth to affect environmental policy change at a government level.

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In this issue of GCN we talk about the fact that we all live on planet earth and right now our home is in crisis. To that end, a member of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, who will co-host our event Mayday, speaks about their journey to awareness. We have a series of interviews with people who have made changes in their lives which will help the planet. Mr Gay Ireland speaks about overcoming childhood trauma, while activist Vitalina Koval talks about the situation in Ukraine. Inside, we look at life after Direct Provision and we celebrate the fine folk behind LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids). On the arts side, we highlight shows in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and artist Brian Teeling talks about his new exhibition in IMMA. It’s time to save the planet, people, join the rebellion!