Author Archives: Bethany Squire

About Bethany Squire

Bethany worked as QCEA's Sustainability Programme Assistant from September 2012 to September 2013

Q&A: What the EU and its citizens can do to prevent fracking

In a recent blog, I discussed the numerous dangers of the prospect of exploiting shale gas (fracking) in Europe. Fracking poses serious dangers to the health of the environment and people, including the leakage of potent greenhouse gases, the chemical

Q&A: What the EU and its citizens can do to prevent fracking

In a recent blog, I discussed the numerous dangers of the prospect of exploiting shale gas (fracking) in Europe. Fracking poses serious dangers to the health of the environment and people, including the leakage of potent greenhouse gases, the chemical

Energy for Change?

Recommendations for the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Targets. “We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and

Energy for Change?

Recommendations for the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Targets. “We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and

Shrinking Civil Space in Europe: Part II

This post is by Annie Schultz. Annie is currently working at QCEA as an intern on the Human Rights Programme for two months.        Restricting anyone’s right to speak his or her voice and truth is fundamentally at

Shrinking Civil Space in Europe: Part II

This post is by Annie Schultz. Annie is currently working at QCEA as an intern on the Human Rights Programme for two months.        Restricting anyone’s right to speak his or her voice and truth is fundamentally at

Shrinking Civil Space in Europe: Part I

This post is by Annie Schultz. Annie is currently working at QCEA as an intern on the Human Rights Programme for two months. On 11th June, the Greek government decided to shut down public media broadcaster ERT as part of

Shrinking Civil Space in Europe: Part I

This post is by Annie Schultz. Annie is currently working at QCEA as an intern on the Human Rights Programme for two months. On 11th June, the Greek government decided to shut down public media broadcaster ERT as part of

Overwhelming Citizen Response in EU Fracking Debate

If you’re reading this in Europe, the likelihood is that you are sitting not too far from shale gas reserves, or even on top of them. The map below shows Europe’s major unconventional natural gas resources (shale gas and coalbed

Overwhelming Citizen Response in EU Fracking Debate

If you’re reading this in Europe, the likelihood is that you are sitting not too far from shale gas reserves, or even on top of them. The map below shows Europe’s major unconventional natural gas resources (shale gas and coalbed

Democracy in the EU – Time for Citizens to Take the Initiative

On 11th February this year, the “Water is a Human Right!” initiative became the first European Citizens’ Initiative to succeed in gathering 1 million signatures. In this blog post, I look at what Citizens’ Initiatives are and how they work.

Democracy in the EU – Time for Citizens to Take the Initiative

On 11th February this year, the “Water is a Human Right!” initiative became the first European Citizens’ Initiative to succeed in gathering 1 million signatures. In this blog post, I look at what Citizens’ Initiatives are and how they work.

Visiting Friends by Caroline Finney

This is the second of two posts written by pupils from Friends’ School Lisburn, who came to Brussels for a week of work experience with QCEA. During their stay Chloe Hassard and Caroline Finney attended a number of meetings and

Visiting Friends by Caroline Finney

This is the second of two posts written by pupils from Friends’ School Lisburn, who came to Brussels for a week of work experience with QCEA. During their stay Chloe Hassard and Caroline Finney attended a number of meetings and

Visiting Friends by Chloe Hassard

Towards the end of January, two pupils from Friends’ School Lisburn, Chloe Hassard and Caroline Finney, came to Brussels for a week of work experience with QCEA. They attended a number of meetings and have each written a short piece

Visiting Friends by Chloe Hassard

Towards the end of January, two pupils from Friends’ School Lisburn, Chloe Hassard and Caroline Finney, came to Brussels for a week of work experience with QCEA. They attended a number of meetings and have each written a short piece

Europe – a Peace Project or a Peace Process?

In the most recent edition of Around Europe, QCEA discussed the European Union as a peace project. How can we defend, learn from and apply its history of peacebuilding today? This question is all the more relevant given that the

Europe – a Peace Project or a Peace Process?

In the most recent edition of Around Europe, QCEA discussed the European Union as a peace project. How can we defend, learn from and apply its history of peacebuilding today? This question is all the more relevant given that the

New Beginnings at QCEA

When asked recently what interested me most about European politics, my answer was that this is a sector that is constantly evolving. Europe never stands still. This constant change brings with it exciting new ideas, challenges and opportunities that I

New Beginnings at QCEA

When asked recently what interested me most about European politics, my answer was that this is a sector that is constantly evolving. Europe never stands still. This constant change brings with it exciting new ideas, challenges and opportunities that I