Farmers should be allowed to retain their current CAP Payments in return for Ecosystems Services
- Farmers who divest from animal farming should be allowed to keep their current CAP payments in return for Ecosystem Services. We have shown that for many farmers this will result in increased income for these farmers. We have outlined various types of Ecosystems Services here.
- Set the maximum CAP payment at €50,000.
Support farmers in transitioning to Plant Based Agriculture
- Set up an agency to help farmers transition to plant based agriculture, and provide financial support for farms to convert from animal agriculture to plant based agriculture.
Expand the horticulture industry in Ireland
- Encourage more farmers to grow crops such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, pulses and hemp.
- Reduce dependence on chemicals in agriculture and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides.
- Support and expand the organic farming sector in Ireland.
- Support the establishment of an Irish Plant Based Milk Industry from crops like oats and hemp.
- The hemp industry in Ireland should be supported. In particular, the process of obtaining a license needs to be simplified. Hemp is a crop which is easy to grow and has a multitude of uses as we have outlined here.
- Set up Land Trusts in order to conserve land and to use the land for ecosystem restoration, establishing native woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. Farmers should have the option of donating their land to a land trust.
Encourage the public to move towards a plant-based diet
- Educate dieticians and doctors about vegan diets.
- Create a public awareness campaign about the benefits of plant-based diets.
Phase out certain types of farming
- Close Factory Farms for human and animal health reasons, and in order to reduce the emergence of new viruses and infectious diseases.
- Ban the use of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture.
- The Climate Change Advisory Council has proposed a reduction in the beef/dairy herd in order to reduce emissions. Nature Rising is calling for a herd reduction far in advance of this, with the eventual aim of eliminating animal agriculture.
- We are calling for the end of commercial fishing. 100% of our territorial waters should be designated as Marine Protected Waters.
End the legal and illegal trade in wildlife for food, medicines or other uses.
The Irish Government and City and County Councils around the country have declared a Biodiversity and Climate Emergency.
Three Simple Steps to Meeting Ireland’s Climate and Biodiversity Goals:
- Reducing Agricultural Land use by 62% from 4.5 Mha to 1.7 Mha. On average over 80% of farms in Ireland, on 3 Million hectares (Mha), receive more than 100% of their income from subsidies. These farms already operate at an economic loss meaning family farm income is actually less than the current level of subsidies.
- Converting 2.8 Mha to Natural Ecosystems. The majority of large farmers and all small farmers will increase their income by continuing to receive their current CAP payments while divesting from animal agriculture.
- Converting 1.7 Mha to Plant Based Agriculture. 1.7 Mha of Plant Based Agriculture produces three times the food calories of our current 4.5 Mha meat and dairy system.
50% of Land for Biodiversity Reduces Climate Change Emissions by 50%
By transitioning to a plant based agricultural system and restoring native forests, grasslands, bogs and wetlands to 50% of the total Land Area we can reduce our GHG Emissions by over 50% and allow our biodiversity to recover.
Participate – Six Actions to Restore Biodiversity and Reverse Climate Change:
- Move to a Plant-Based Diet – For more information you can read the Vegan Guide here. Watch Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives to further inform yourself on the issues.
- Sign the Petition – This petition will be handed into the Department of Climate Action, Communication and the Environment and the Department of Agriculture.
- Organise – Set up a local chapter of Nature Rising. You can register your local chapter by sending an e-mail to email@example.com and we will list it on our website and social media so other people in your area can get involved.
- Education and Outreach – We are asking local chapters around the country to set up information tables in their local city or town every Saturday for four hours from 11am – 3pm. Each group can set up a rota so that each person can contribute two hours from time to time. Try to find a place that has some shelter from the weather. You can print off our Information Pamphlet and hand this out to the public. You can also download the following posters to put up at your table (one in front and two side posters).
- Lobby your local Politicans – Please use the following guide to contact your local City and County Councillors and your local TDs and MEPs.
- Join our group on Facebook – Nature Rising Activism.