JAMES ORR

JAMES ORR

Friends of the Earth Ireland

Believes in reviving our ambition and our love for Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh lies is the heart of this country, bordering 5 of the 6 counties with river arteries that used to flow with fish and a vast ecosystem that teemed with abundant wildlife. Lough Neagh is an area rich in mythology and archaeology, the biggest lake in this part of Europe and the biggest inland fishery in the whole of Europe, Up until recently Lough Neagh hosted spectacle of winter birdlife in greater numbers than any other site in Britain or Ireland.

“But for too long we have turned our back on Lough Neagh. To our shame it is a stressed out ecosystem, on the brink of collapse. A rewilding strategy will bring our nature back, revive the economy and restore our sense of place and our community”
JAMES ORR

James has grown to love this place over three decades and wants to see it restored to an abundant thriving ecosystem.  As our biggest shared spaces and commons James and the Friends of the Earth team has been campaigning against unlawful extractive industries and a road that will shatter the integrity of this Special Protection Area an first Ramsar site in Northern Ireland.

“We should be thinking of this vast system as our special cultural and natural jewel, valued and respected like Lake Geneva.  This wetland has unifying powers.  It should be a peace park, a shared space for a divided society and our ambition must have this living and cultural Lough designated as a World Heritage Site”
JAMES ORR

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