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Ireland 2050: what to expect from life in a carbon-neutral country

From car-free neighbourhoods to cycle superhighways, Ireland looks set for a lifestyle revolution by the middle of this century, when we have committed to cut our greenhouse emissions to zero. Kim Bielenberg looks to the future

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Green ways: By 2050, there should be fewer cars on the roads and greater use of bikes and public transport. Illustration by Lieske Keegstra

Green ways: By 2050, there should be fewer cars on the roads and greater use of bikes and public transport. Illustration by Lieske Keegstra

Noel Carey, Sarah Fogarty and John Fogarty of the Community Power organisation at Templederry windfarm, Co Tipperary. Photo by Don Moloney

Noel Carey, Sarah Fogarty and John Fogarty of the Community Power organisation at Templederry windfarm, Co Tipperary. Photo by Don Moloney

‘Our landscape will look very different’: Diarmuid Gavin in his garden at Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow. Photo by Frank McGrath

‘Our landscape will look very different’: Diarmuid Gavin in his garden at Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow. Photo by Frank McGrath

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Green ways: By 2050, there should be fewer cars on the roads and greater use of bikes and public transport. Illustration by Lieske Keegstra

Over the past century, we have experienced dramatic changes in our way of life, from deep recessions to the Celtic Tiger boom and the arrival of the internet to the financial crash and the disruption of pandemic.

The next revolution will arise from ecological necessity: we have promised to play our part in the global effort to avert climate catastrophe.


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