Blight of ghost estates remains, three years after Nama to Nature...
We rose before sunrise, a consternation of alarm clocks calling us to action. The remote village of Keshcarrigan in Co Leitrim did not seem to notice the small cavalcade bringing hundreds of saplings through the gates of the notorious “Waterways” ghost estate. Posters outside projected a vision of happy families cavorting on blissful summer days. Over the course of the day we planted nearly a thousand mainly native tree varieties. A police van trundled through the gates. I told them we were asserting the right of a community to plant trees on common land fallen into disrepair. Charm of protest The site of famished hardcore and errant Styrofoam abetted the argument but really I think the constabulary found the charming smiles of the female conspirators more persuasive. Observing this wasn’t a cut-throat bunch of sans culottes , they let us carry on. Three years on, it is astounding to consider the media furore our small action unleashed. Within hours of an online article appearing, the John Murray Show was in touch looking for interviews. We continued with further actions, planting trees on sites in Wicklow near Rathdrum and then Cherrywood, Dublin, where RTÉ news crews turned up. I was interviewed with a neck tie wrapped around my head.
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Let's step back and be grateful for a change - Coast Report
The reason we point out the negatives is because everyone is so used to the positives of living in Southern California: bad weather is a couple drops of rain, a problem is finding onions in your food when you hate them and doing homework is a... If one has never lived anywhere else than around OC, it is difficult to have them wrap their heads around the fact that everyone doesn’t have a warm bed to wake up in, or parents that hug them every day. Life is challenging (that’s why we are here), and everyone has a specific type of challenge, but again, we must take into consideration the sensitivity of these obstacles and relate them to everyone around the globe. An 8-year-old boy from Africa who must take care of his four younger siblings and his sick mother, a young girl of 16 selling her body in Eastern Europe just to have pieces of moldy bread for dinner, or a father who wakes up every morning to bombs... Yes I am stressed from the pressures of school, yes I wish my parents were still together and yes we all have problems that we can’t control. When life punches, one needs to roll with the punches and not let it impact them so heavily.