The Post Carbon Galway Launch Night Presentations can be viewed here.
The event took place on 20th Oct 2016.
The Post Carbon Galway Launch Night Presentations can be viewed here.
The event took place on 20th Oct 2016.
THURSDAY OCT 27th
11-12pm workshop with Brenda Flannery; Beo & Be – Mindfulness and Nature Movements – Qi Gong
Class aims to nourish mental health & wellbeing in the individual and community. It is a calming space of mindfulness & movement, helping to strengthen & nurture our connection to nature’s rhythms.
3pm – 4pm Tai Chi with Niall O’ Floinn
Niall will be describing in depth the way Tai Chi works and the many health benefits that can be achieved through the practice of Tai Chi. He will also give a brief demonstration at the end of his talk.
Niall O Floinn began his study of Tai Chi over 20 years ago and over 17 years ago he opened the Galway Tai Chi Academy .In 2013 Niall lead the first ever Irish team to compete in the Tai Chi World Championships in China. Under the guidance and coaching of Niall, the Irish team returned with 6 medals.
Niall himself is one of the most senior students of the coach of the most national champions of China, Grandmaster Wang Hai Jun. However, there is a lot more to Tai Chi than competition or the martial art aspect. In fact, the majority of people practice Tai Chi for its health benefits alone.
3pm – 4pm Design you own Takeaway Ceramic Mug with Phillipa Maguire
Have you ever considered the impact our disposable society has on the planet? Join artists Maria Hutton, Philippa Maguire and Rachel Maguire and you will decorate your own sustainable mug with special ceramic pencils on a bisque fired mug. These will then be taken away, glazed and fired for you…and you get your mug back!
The workshop is open to all but under 16’s must be accompanied. Be prepared to doodle, write or draw ! We hope that when you get your mug back, you will use it and start the changes that we need to make.
6.30pm Croi Na Gaillimhe: Deep Ecology – The Spiritual Roots of our Ecological Crisis, An evening talk with Dara Molloy
What the talk will be about: Human behaviour is ultimately caused by the way human beings think. At the outer layers of our thought patterns is our mythological framework. This mythological framework is our belief system. Over 50% of the world’s population is now monotheist. Virtually all monotheistic religions are rooted in the Judaic god of Moses. This globalisation of the God of Moses has destroyed spiritual diversity and created one single monocle through which all life is seen.
Dara Molloy is also known as Dara Ó Maoildhia.
He lives on Inis Mór, Aran Islands. In his earlier years, he was a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Mary (Marists). In 1985, he settled on Inis Mór as a hermit Celtic monk. In 1995, he left the Catholic church and began practicing as a Celtic priest, monk and druid. His work today includes performing Celtic ceremonies, acting as a pilgrim guide on Inis Mor, and writing. His books include: The Globalisation of God – Celtic Christianity’s Nemesis and soon to be published: The Problem With God.
9pm to 11pm ‘The Loft’ (upstairs from ‘Seven’ on Bridge Street, Galway City) Sustainability Stories
As part of Convergence Sustainable Living Festival 2016 Transition Galway is running what is called a PechaKucha which will be followed by an interview with writer and activist Mark Boyle.
PechaKucha is an exciting presentation format where guest speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the speakers talk along to the images – this keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and fun.
The title for this PechaKucha is ‘Sustainability Stories’ and will feature a wide range of local environmental activists, NGOs and groups who are all working to make Galway a more resilient and sustainable place.
The PechaKucha presentations will be followed by an on-stage interview with writer and activist Mark Boyle. Mark is the author of ‘Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living’, ‘The Moneyless Manifesto’ and ‘Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi’. He also writes intermittently for various international newspapers and magazines, such as ‘The Guardian’ and ‘Permaculture Magazine’.
This free event takes place on Wednesday 26th October starting at 9pm and finishing about 11pm in ‘The Loft’ (upstairs from ‘Seven’ on Bridge Street, Galway City). All welcome!
As part of Convergence 2016, the ‘ECOHub ’ Galway’s pop up Sustainable Living Centre aims to host a week long series of events, films, workshops, exhibitions thematic talks, skill share and DIT, ‘Do it Together’ Hackaton and innovation labs.
We believe Galway has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of world cities, in leading not only in the fields of arts and culture but in the green revolution and transition to a low carbon future.
This year’s festival aims to provide a forum to showcase and discuss latest actions from and for Galway, in leading the way to becoming Ireland’s first Sustainable City.
To promote a vibrant, thriving and sustainable culture and community, Galway’s pop up ECOhub offers a local platform to address the need for communities to come together to share ideas, knowledge, skills and solidarity, in meeting current day environmental challenges; and to offer a place to cocreate educational, creative opportunities and community forums to learn from and inspire one another.
Convergence 2016 reflects the recognition of the need for an urgent and deep cultural shift towards more equitable and sustainable ways of life. Creative, Active Citizenship and community-led initiatives are at the forefront of developing and testing new and innovative approaches to sustainable living. We believe Now is the time to kick-start a citizen-engaged, all sectoral transition in Galway, in creating a more equitable and sustainable future. Join us this week at the ECOHub for Convergence 2016.
Some of the Ongoing Week Long campaigns, exhibitions, films and information in the Commons Reading Room; include
Save Merlin Park WILDFLOWER Meadows; Cultural Rights Charter
FOOD Sovereignty Proclamation; People’s Community Energy Charter; Anti Fracking Bill 2016; Public Transport Solutions For Galway; Plant Share and Swop; DIT – Do It Together October is National #repair #reuse month
WORKSHOPS / TALKS
Arts, ECOLOGY, and Sustainability Practices;
Artist Sean Taylor leads a discussion together with local artists on the real possibilities of a sustainable arts practice, one which doesn’t compromise the future of the planet.
Sean Taylor is an Artist and Lecturer in the MA Social Practice and the Creative Environment, MASPACE, at Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick Institute of Technology. He has worked in Glasgow as a community artist, and was also a Director of the Glasgow Sculpture Studios. He established the experimental performance art group STEM and was a founder member of The Real Art Project. And more recently he collaborates as part of the Art & Science collaboration Softday, with computer scientist Mikael Fernström. The collaboration engages with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects. As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances. Between 2011 and 2013, Softday collaborated with a number of Irish beekeepers, scientist and the monks of Glenstal Abbey, creating Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees) about the life of honey bees and current threats such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). And mores recently established LUBS – Limerick Urban Beekeeper cooperative. Softday is currently part of a Culture Ireland and Create projecttour in Chicago, Re)Public, as part of I am Ireland 2016, this is an exhibition which engages with key issues, reflecting the complexity of 21st century Ireland and the dynamic and diverse arena of collaborative arts.
The MASPACE programme offers students a strong theoretical and critical grounding in the growing area of social practice, equiping students with appropriate research skills on the roles they will play within communities/ situations/spaces. Social Practice is located in the overlap of art, society and politics. It has been described as art activism, critical art, socially engaged art, social practice art, activism, political art, participatory, dialogical or collaborative art. MA SPACE addresses topics such as; Space and Place, Food Politics, Gender Politics, Ecology, Climate Change, environmental politics, Science and Art, Civil Rights, Globalization and Economics, Health, Trans-Global Movement, Labour and Land Politics.
‘Where’s the Justice? – Exploring Environmental Justice in Ireland’
4-5.30pm Mon Oct 24th
Responding Positively to the Challenge of Climate Change and the Environmental & Economic Crises We Face… by Catalyst Collective
Facilitators; Bridget Kelly is a community development worker in Galway Traveller Movement. Her current areas of work are accommodation and education. She is the Chairperson of the National Traveller Women’s Forum. Her areas of interest include gender issues and women’s rights.
Jacinta Fay is a community development worker with Galway Traveller Movement and a trainer with the Catalyst Collective, a popular education collective. She previously worked with Friends of the Earth Liberia and Friends of the Earth International on indigenous land rights and food sovereignty. Her areas of interest include environmental justice, feminism, reproductive rights, intersectional movement building and popular education as a tool for social change.
Galway City Community Network Transport Linkage Group Mon Oct 24th 6.30-7.30pm
The GCCN is a network of community, voluntary and environmental organisations active in Galway City and is the main link through which the local authority connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors. Its aim is to co-ordinate and support the representation of the community, voluntary and environmental sectors in Galway City.
Galway City Community Network is the Public Participation Network in Galway city and is the mechanism for the selection of representatives of the community, voluntary and environmental sectors on a range of bodies and committees. GCCN is represented on:
The Galway City Local Community Development Committee
Strategic Policy Committees;
Galway Joint Policing Committee;
Galway City & County Childcare Committee;
Galway City Partnership; and the Western Drugs Task Force
GREENING Galway Monday Oct 24th 7.30-9pm
Environmental Activist Brendan Speedie Smith opens a conversation with members from other activist groups such as CVG and Save Merlin Wildflower Meadows, around the current actions and campaigns to protect, nurture and develop Galway’s natural green spaces.
Speedie will open the evening with an introduction to Terrylands transformative cultural heritage project, rewilding, biodiversity, and tree planting project, that has turned Terryland Forest Park into a unique urban forest and outdoor classroom in the heart of Galway city, but which is currently being threatened by a proposal to develop and put a road through it.
The Terryland Forest Park Alliance was established in early 2000 as a “People’s Park” where all sectors of society would work together to develop a unique urban forest in the heart of Galway city. Since that time there has been over 100,000 trees planted in this area, alongside a major biodiversity, rewilding and flower planting project in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Galway. Friends of Merlin Woods Campaign have over the last number of years championed the importance of this Wild and natural amenity for the many residents and visitors to the area.
These woodlands and environmental organisations and activities achieves their objectives of becoming a native tree forestry, a wildlife sanctuary, a location for arts events, a facility for the utilisation of traditional rural skills/crafts such as drystone-walling, coppicing and organic gardening, an outdoor classroom for schools, an outdoor research laboratory for third level colleges, a recreational amenity and the hub for the development of a network of city-wide ecological corridors and pedestrian/cycling greenways. Working together with local community and environmental organisations they are making the vision of a “Green Galway” into a reality, but they need our support.
Many other talks, walks and workshops are planned for the week including;
Bernadette Divilly – Contemplative Dance workshop
Be Beo – Mindful Movements and Qi Gong with Brenda Flannery
An Taisce Green Schools and Gardens and An Taisce Coastal Clean Ups
Schools are recognized as not only places of formal education, but also as critical settings to foster health, development and overall well-being of pupils and their families.School gardens can be developed ned as cultivated areas around or near schools, maintained (at least partly) and used by pupils and teachers in different manners.Comprehensive models of action are currently being promoted, whereby schools can develop multiple-win situations and positive outcomes in learning performance, food security, nutrition, rural development, local economy and lifestyle practices and habits.
With the growing interest in food, food systems and nutrition, school gardens are now also being recognized as a platform for learning about these topics, and for enabling children (and their families and communities) to tackle the national obesity crisis and build healthy food-related practices, behaviors and attitudes.
Dr Vincent Carragher, Research Fellow in Characterising and Catalysing Sustainable Resource and Energy Transition in Communities, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin.
Vincent Carragher is a Community Facilitation & Sustainable Energy Transition Expert. His work focuses on fostering sustainability, resilience and behaviour change with and for communities. He has significant training and experience in Resource Management, Energy Management and Carbon Management for and with communities, schools and SMEs. Vincent is a specialist in facilitating relevant actors to measure their resource consumption and then to reinterpret it and develop solutions to lower it.
DIT – Do it Together – October is National #repair #reuse month, so trying to reaquaint yourself with how to change a zip for your youngests school skirt? Come along and use our communal sowing machine…
Cost of skirt €30 cost of new zip €1.05, landfill 0 You: huge satisfaction
Sweden are now offering tax breaks to people in repair or recycle businesses, that’s a great start!
This free event takes place on Wednesday 26th October starting at 9pm and finishing at 11pm in ‘The Loft’ (upstairs from ‘Seven’ on Bridge Street, Galway City).
POST CARBON GALWAY LAUNCH – ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION TO A LOW CARBON, HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE REGION
Venue – Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway
Galway has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of world cities, in leading not only in the fields of arts and culture but in the green transition to a low carbon future.
Convergence 2016 opens with the launch of the new Post Carbon Galway initiative, a recently established cross-sectoral project set up to accelerate local pathways to a low carbon Galway, aiming to work collaboratively to promote climate action, sustainable living, environmental protection and sustainable development.
We aim to unite local society behind an ambitious holistic vision that can only be achieved by a unity of purpose, in planning and creating a just, transition to a secure, flourishing, and authentically sustainable post-carbon Galway.
Galway’s recent success in achieving the 2020 European Capital of Culture, as well as the prestigious European Green Leaf award for Sustainable City in 2017, and the European Region of Gastronomy in 2018, highlight the many new opportunities to work in partnership across all sectors of the City and County, in setting a new vision for a more equitable, healthy and sustainable future for the region.
In the creation of a new sustainable era for Galway, the Post Carbon Galway collaboration acknowledges that transitioning to a more sustainable and community resilient culture and economy needs an all-inclusive partnership approach.
This evening event aims to champion the potential and synergies in creating this umbrella for local initiatives in which we reduce our carbon footprint and introduce new ways to educate and inspire our communities. Join us to hear more about how we can collectively respond to Climate Change and re-imagine a more equitable and sustainable world.
(Click the link below to book your free ticket, as places are limited to 100)
19.30 – Opening Ann Irwin PCG and Davie Philip Convergence
19.35 – Intro to Post Carbon Galway
19.45 – Short presentations introducing different initiatives for a Sustainable Galway
10 presentation 3 minutes each
20.15 – Surfacing synergies and connections
20.30 – Keynote from John Gibbons
20.50 – Final reflection from Dara Molloy,
21.00 – Music by Donal McConnon from My Fellow Sponges
21.30 – Close
For more information and booking contact;
PCG Project Coordinator Martina Finn – 087 2201972
E-mail – email@example.com and for more information visit www.postcarbongalway.ie / www.collaborativewaysforward.com / ww.cultivate.ie
Convergence Galway is brought to you with the support of:
Galway 2020, Galway City Community Network, The Ryan Institute and Insight NUI Galway, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Transition Galway, Post Carbon Galway, Cultivate, Galway Healthy Cities, Galway City Partnership, An Taisce, Green Sod Landtrust, Third Space Galway.
‘ECOHUB’ – GALWAY’S SUSTAINABLE LIVING CENTRE
– A NEXUS OF ECOIDEAS, CONVIVIALITY AND COMMUNITY
Galway’s Convergence Festival ECOHUB aims to work collaboratively, with those committed to bringing about change, creating solutions to community and environmental challenges, through a week long series of events, films, workshops, exhibitions and thematic talks.
This year’s week long pop-up ECOHUB, offers to host artists, activists, environmentalists, makers, musicians, foodies, healers and hackers, visitors and community members, as a forum for the cutting edge nexus of green ideas and conviviality, ecological health and wellbeing, showcasing local campaigns, offering great local food and introducing radical solutions for a future that works.
Recognising that cities and towns need to continue to create space and new forums to learn from and inspire one another, to promote a vibrant and thriving culture, Galway’s Sustainable Living Festival makes the case for an Eco Centre for Galway. This project aims to further the development of the identified collective vision for a local sustainability research, education and demonstration project for Galway, incorporating community arts, sustainability education, exploring progressive transport solutions, community energy and new technology demonstration projects, recycling and zero waste projects, food sovereignty and local community supported agriculture, self sufficiency projects, community resilience, health and wellbeing.
Galway’s Sustainable Living Festival will champion existing community responses, actions and collaborations, whilst continuing to forge new partnerships and the sharing of tools and practices. It will be an opportunity to educate and inspire citizens and visitors about green energy, sustainable healthy living, collective and cooperative action.
This will be an exciting opportunity to bring together the key players and stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally involved in making carbon neutrality a reality and to showcase the many existing and potential groundbreaking initiatives from across the Region, that are learning how to live more sustainably and enjoy life without compromising future generations.
Building on Galway’s potential to lead the way in transitioning to a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future, by becoming Ireland’s first Carbon neutral city, during this years Convergence Festival, we aim to kick-off the conversations that lead into Galway’s designation years as the first Irish City to host the European Green Leaf Sustainable City Award in 2017 and European Region of Gastronomy in 2018.
Festival partners include; Galway 2020, Galway City Community Network, The Ryan Institute, NUI Galway, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Transition Galway, Post Carbon Galway, Cultivate, Galway Healthy Cities, Galway City Partnership, An Taisce, Green Sod Landtrust, Third Space Galway,
For more information contact:
Festival Coordinator Martina Finn on 087 2201972
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