Half our rivers, lakes and estuaries are unhealthy, with pollution escalating
The Government has published a proposed water management plan (the River Basin Management Plan) but it’s weak and won’t work. We have submitted 7 recommendations to fix the plan (see below) and many of you have also submitted our recommendations too (thank you!). The Government is currently reviewing the submissions so we need to ensure we grab their attention now and call for our asks to be adopted.
To do this we are asking people to take part in our photo campaign (details below).
Will you be part of the change and act now for your water environment?
How do I take action?
Photo Post Campaign
We want you to let Minister Darragh O’Brien, who has top responsibility for water and Minister Malcolm Noonan (responsibility for Heritage which also includes nature and water) know that SWAN’s 7 asks need to be in the River Basin Management Plan.
To do this we are going to get their attention with an eye-catching social media campaign full of your photo posts that:
- Celebrate our rivers, lakes and coasts.
- Highlight the pressures they are under.
- Call on them to adopt SWAN’s asks to Restore Our Waters.
We’re running the campaign till the end of June. Read how the campaign works below.
Steps to Follow:
Take a photo of your water environment and upload it.
The photo should illustrate the beauty of our water environment and/or the problems it is facing.
Examples might be:
- A photo of our beautiful water wildlife.
- A selfie by your favourite river, lake, estuary, wetland, stream, pond or beach.
- Your family, friends, or club enjoying their water environment.
- A photo that shows the issues facing your local river, lake, beach etc.
Maybe you don’t have time to take a photo but have a fantastic photo you took previously that would work? That’s fine.
When you have the photo, upload it to Twitter or Instagram (it must be a public account), or both!
Include our message that tags the Ministers
Add your own personal message and post it.
Send your tweet or post to others to like and share
Prize for best photo post
What are SWAN’s 7 key asks?
These are our recommendations to fix the plan and restore our waters to a healthy state.
Why we need action?
Who is SWAN?
The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is an umbrella network of 25 of Ireland’s leading environmental NGOs, national and regional, working together to protect and restore Ireland’s rivers, lakes, coast and groundwater through coordinated participation in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Floods Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other water-related policy.