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Clifden ecoBeach Campsite sets European Precedent. First business in Europe to ban single use plastic water bottles.
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The rocks along the coast near Clifden ecoBeach have been visited by generations of geologists because they provide an outstanding opportunity to see what happens deep inside the Earth’s crust when magma rises into it and volcanoes erupt at the surface.
The mountains of Connemara are mostly composed of old metamorphic rocks, including quartzite, schists and marble. These were originally deposited as sediments late in Precambrian time, before the first animals with shells evolved, and were sands, muds and limestones. Around 470 million years ago, during the Ordovician period, these rocks were caught up between two ancient crustal plates as they came together. They were buried under perhaps 15 kilometres of younger rocks, heated to temperatures of around 600 degrees Celsius and became deformed and folded as the plates moved together. The originally muddy rocks grew minerals such as micas and garnet and you can see spectacular examples of folds formed at this time in the rocks at the north end of the beach. At the end of this period of collision between plates, the deformation of the crust ended and the rocks were uplifted to form mountains which began to be eroded.
This final stage in the plate movements triggered renewed melting in the deep crust and around 400 million years ago, granite magmas rose up and were intruded into the metamorphic rocks of Connemara. Omey Island, just across the bay, is made of one such granite body, and the granite also extends onto the mainland at Claddaghduff. The contact between the massive pink granite and the flaggy grey metamorphic rocks lies about 400 metres north of Acton’s beach. 400 million years ago, the rocks of the beach would have been 10 kilometres below the surface and the granite of Omey Island would have been a hot molten magma, not solid rock.
Of course the older metamorphic rocks near the granite were heated up again by the magma, and new minerals grew in them as a result. All the way along the coast line from the Acton’s Beach to the granite contact it is possible to find evidence of this younger metamorphism, and the rocks form part of a metamorphic aureole around the granite. Some slabs of brown rock contain long, narrow crystals (up to a few centimetres in length) of a hard, dark mineral that weathers up from the surrounding rock. This is a mineral called andalusite; it clearly formed long after the folds because the crystals are randomly oriented in the rock. At both ends of the beach, as well as nearer the granite contact to the north, marble layers in the schist have reacted with hot, acid water coming off the granite magma as it solidified. The result is layers of coarse-grained rocks, known as skarn. Most commonly, the skarn layers are pink, formed of garnet, but other minerals can be present including white, fibrous wollastonite, green diopside and dark brown idocrase.
These outcrops are some of the best examples seen anywhere in Europe and are a listed site. They are only preserved for you to see because for the past 50 years visiting geologists have agreed to leave them untouched. If you want to collect specimens for souvenirs, pick up loose blocks from the beach; please never take a hammer to any of the outcrops.
Professor Bruce Yardley
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds, UK
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Well done! Failte Ireland/Wild Atlantic Way team in delivering much needed 'SustainableTourism' for communities in the West of Ireland
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We're delighted!! myclimate & Clifden ecoBeach (project partner) carbon off setting projects receives honors in Paris
7. December 2015
The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced the winners of the Momentum for Change Awards in early November. A total of sixteen activities and projects are named “Game Changing Climate Lighthouse Activities”. Among these are two projects for which myclimate provided significant support.
In a festive evening event during the second week of the COP21, the projects were recognised by UNO General Secretary Ban Ki-moon as well as the Swiss pioneer and Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard. Both myclimate “Game Changing Climate Activities” deal with climate protection projects in East Africa.
Solar Energy and Water Treatment
The climate protection program “Solar Energy For Education and Telephony” implements smart Solar Home Systems with integrated GSM modems that provide an affordable alternative to fossil fuels for low-income households and small businesses in Tanzania. The technology also effectively reduces CO emissions thanks to an innovative monitoring approach.
Another award went to Solvatten technology. This is a central component of the myclimate climate protection program for “Clean Drinking Water for School and Households” in Uganda. The technology replaces drinking water purification that uses fossil fuels. It both reduces the CO emissions and positively influences the living conditions and health of thousands of people.
myclimate Managing Director René Estermann was present when Ban Ki-moon and Bertrand Piccard give the award. “Receiving two awards at once here in Paris for our wonderful projects is a great honour for myclimate and a strong incentive for our cooperative activities with our project partners! Both projects show concrete local potential for a cleaner future and can be multiplied on a large scale.”
This is the second time that myclimate projects were honoured at this major climate protection event. Two myclimate projects were also simultaneously recognised by the Momentum for Change Award in 2012. These awards are part of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative, which is financially supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A 24-member international advisory panel chose the myclimate projects from a group of well over one hundred projects.
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Through its Climate Neutral carbon offsetting program, Clifden ecoBeach Campsite supports an 'award winning project' in Uganda.
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Where does this Drift Dive take place?- Clifden ecoBeach Campsite Streamstown Bay, a narrow inlet near Clifden, Co Galway. Scubadive West plan Drift Dives at Streamstown around Spring Tide dates. Divers drift dive on a filling tide all the time supported with boat cover. This drift dive proves hugely popular time and "tide" again with the current running up to approximately 5 knots! This is a dive designed for adrenaline junkies! Check out this video!
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Welcome to Ireland's first climate neutral eco campsite. The carbon emission from our eco certified campsite is 100% neutralized on the global level. Customers arriving by foot or bike can now automatically avail of a ‘climate neutral eco holiday’ independently certified by myclimate & EcoTourism Ireland. Additionally visitors who use private or public transport can, as an option offset their carbon emission of their travel through myclimate. This is the first of its kind in Ireland where visitors can experience a ‘climate neutral eco holiday’.
At our request myclimate measured our yearly carbon emission. We have bought the equivalent carbon quota to support sustainable approved projects in Uganda. We also implement climate neutral measures with EcoTourism Ireland through our eco certified gold label.
Through this we have managed to reduce our climate footprint to zero on the global level. Myclimate is one of the world’s leading providers of voluntary carbon offsetting measures whilst EcoTourism Ireland is one of the first eco labels in Europe to be recognized by the Global SustainableTourism Council.
|Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
An Taisce - Clean Coasts Ireland. Clifden ecoBeach beach Clean up took place this Friday afternoon due to wet weather forecasted for the West coast on Saturday! Great support from Tim Sealey & family, well done.
Clifden ecoBeach is committed to a clean coastal zone & under takes beach clean ups every other day in Summer months. Winter months are scheduled less frequently.
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ecoCampsite wins "Save Our Planet Award 2014", 'Environmentally Responsible Business'. Thanks to Roz Kelly from Eco Active Ireland for nominating us. And of course to you! A big, big thanks to all of you guys for your fantastic kind support & magical responses.
We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you. It really means a lot to us!
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Clifden ecoBeach has been nominated for an eco-award. Our selection is a late entry so your kind support in acknowledging our sustainable approach in Agri-tourism would be greatly appreciated. Please share via social media etc. & vote through this link. Thanks Kris & Tatjana