As I first mentioned in my post on becoming a member of wildlife conservation-based groups, it is not always necessary to have to pay to receive benefits from non-profit organisations/charities. There is (in most cases) an option to subscribe to the organisation i.e. ‘sign up’ to their mailing lists online via your email address. This way you can receive weekly, monthly, annually newsletters and updates on the progress and news of the organisation of interest without having to pay for membership.
However, in most cases it is always better to become a member if you are truly interested in becoming more involved with the activities and projects the organisation runs!
I have listed below some of the popular environment-focused charities and organisations that offer memberships to the general public in Ireland:
Environmental Science Association of Ireland (ESAI)
This organisation is well-worth signing up as a member if you are any bit interested in the environment. The ESAI is an association that provides a huge range of activities to its members such as seminars, workshops, publication accesses, colloquia and much more. The ESAI will be hosting their annual colloquim, ‘Environ 2017’, the 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquim.
If you are interested in learning more about the current issues for the environment in Ireland and would be interested in learning about the scientific approaches and progress to these issues, then have a look on their website HERE for more info and possibly sign up as a member!
Friends of the Earth – Ireland (FOE)
Firstly, Friends of the Earth is an international charity. This is a great benefit for someone interested in the environment and the Earth collectively. Friends of the Earth has a huge network involving over 70 countries around the world. It is one of the worlds largest environmental-based conservation groups since its first established in 2004.
In Ireland, FOE are prioritising the Act for Climate campaign to ensure the country gets involved in protecting the Earth from Climate Change and worsening its conditions. If this sounds like the right conservation group you for, the have a look on their website and their membership options – here !
Irish Peatland Conservation Council
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council are very well-known for their ‘Save the Bogs’ Campaign within Ireland and their presence in conservation progress in Ireland over the last 30 years. The IPCC protect peatlands and wildlife that inhabit these areas! They regularly get the public involved in their projects, often including schools and colleges – encouraging everyone to get involved in conservation! The IPCC also provide advice to the public on gardening to benefit wildlife etc.
Its a great conservation group to get involved with for those green-fingered environment lovers! To find out more about getting involved click here to be directed to their website.
Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE)
VOICE is a great environment-focused charity to get involved with! Since it was founded in 1997, VOICE has advocated many conservation-based actions in Ireland such as co-founding the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) and founding the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN). VOICE advocates for the government to adopt environmentally-responsible behaviour and to focus on their national policies regarding waste and water issues in Ireland.
Annual membership costs €40 which includes membership to the organisation, bi-annual printed newsletters and bi-annual e-newsletters as well as information on all calls-to-action and current environmental news.
To find out more or to sign up as a member, click here to be directed to their website!