Inspiration

Mountain Stream

Near Finny, Co Mayo

by Sheila Gallagher

John Seymour

John Seymour 1914-2004, environmentalist, activist, broadcaster, farmer, and a fun-loving man lived in Co. Wexford during his later years, and died in Wales in 2004 at the age of 90.

His motto was:
"I am only one, I can only do what one can do, but what one can do I will do."

Thomas Berry

Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a pioneering eco-theologian,
The challenge for this generation is, according to Berry, is to change our human-Earth relations from disruptive and destructive to mutually enhancing and beneficial from cenozoic (human-centred thinking) to ecozoic (earth-centred thinking).

"The basic mood of the future might well be one of confidence in the continuing revelation that takes place in and through the Earth."
Thomas Berry "The New Story" The Dream of the Earth

Arne Naess

Arne Naess (1912-2009) was a Norwegian philosopher, whose doctrine of 'deep ecology' reflects his mystical reverence for mountains and the natural world. His philosophy promotes the idea that all life has intrinsic value and the right to flourish and thrive. For him all life is one, interdependent and interconnected.

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

by Onenn

 

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson (1907-1964), writer, scientist, and ecologist, wrote Silent Spring in which she courageously spoke out against the chemical industry, reminding us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world and are subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.

James Lovelock

James Lovelock, (1919-) an English independent scientist, inventor, author, and originator of Gaia theory, is a world leader in the promotion of environmental awareness

"In our belief that all that matters is humankind we foolishly forget how much we depend upon all the other living things on Earth."
Taken from Gaia - A New Look at Life on Earth (p.viii)

The John Muir Trust

John Muir Trust, Scotland, is the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK, inspired by the work, spirit and legacy of Scottish-born naturalist, John Muir. The Trust was founded in 1983 and today (2013) the Trust has ownership of over 25,000 hectares of land with partnerships in a further 50,000 hectares.

John Muir (1838-1914) founded the Sierra Club, which is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

"How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation!"
John Muir

Greater Stitchwort

Stellaria holostea

by Sheila Gallagher

 

A poem by Eileen Coyne, Land Donor

Salrock

As I sit on a sun-warmed rock and gaze
Enthralled by the moods of the Atlantic sea
The spirits of long dead generations
Share my vision while resting beside me.

Here my Great Grandfather once stood to watch
The clouds shadow and catch on towering Mweelrea
Reflecting, perhaps, on how hunger could savage
And cut people down as a scythe does the hay.
And, later, my Grandfather looked on his children
Roaming the shore in self-absorbed play
From the door of his cottage, dog at his feet,
Drawing, content, on his pipe made of clay.

Here I rest, the jaded city-dweller
Thanking the fates for the stroke of good luck
That allows me to pause from the turmoil of life
To cherish the beauty and peace of Salrock

Eileen Coyne

Salrock

Connemara

Co. Galway