Monday 24th – Friday 28th: ECOHub All week @ Galway 2020 Community hub, the corn store.

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.

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Sustainability Stories, Wednesday, October 26 at 9 PM – 11 PM, The Loft

As part of Convergence Sustainable Living Festival 2016 Transition Galway is running an exciting evening of short, snappy presentations from a wide range of different local environmental groups who are all working to make Galway a more resilient and sustainable place. 

Each of the speakers will give a short presentation of a few slides in a limited time period – this keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and fun. So, if you want to hear stories of sustainability from some local environmental activists, NGOs and groups drop in on the night. All are welcome!
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).

Convergence Festival Event 20th October 19:30 Portershed, Eyre Square

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)
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/post-carbon-galway-launch-tickets-28514924908?aff=es2

Everyone Welcome.

Draft Schedule
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 – postcarbongalway@gmail.com and for more information visit www.postcarbongalway.ie / www.collaborativewaysforward.com / ww.cultivate.ie
Location: http://www.portershed.com/

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.

Mon. Oct. 24th -Fri. Oct. 28th Galway 2020 Community Hub, Unit 15 The Cornstore, Galway. GALWAY SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL

‘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

or email thirdspacegalway@gmail.com -collaborativewaysforward@gmail.com or

visit http://www.collaborativewaysforward.com / http://www.postcarbongalway.ie / http://www.cultivate.ie / http://www.transitiongalway.wordpress.ie

Convergence Festival Transitioning to a Sustainable City, 21st October 10am-5pm Siobhan McKenna Lecture Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, NUIG

GALWAY – MAKING THE TRANSITION TO A GREEN, HEALTHY, SMART, SUSTAINABLE, CREATIVE CITY

This year’s main Convergence session in Galway provides an opportunity for policy makers, state agencies, civil society organisations, researchers, community practitioners and Galway citizens, to come together to maximise the potential for Galway to be a world city at the forefront of the cultural transformation towards sustainability and wellbeing.

The event will maximise synergy between plans for the 2020 European Capital of Culture, the EU Green Leaf Award, the EU Region of Gastronomy, the WHO Healthy Cities initiative and the many other local academic and citizen engaged initiatives across the city and county. It aims to provide a forum for networking among the key local, national and international stakeholders, dissemination of latest research and an opportunity to showcase and discuss latest actions and policy developments.

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. This conference will provide a forum to showcase and discuss latest actions from Galway, in leading the way to becoming Ireland’s first Sustainable City.

Draft Schedule

10.00 – Opening Davie Philip Convergence
10.10 – Setting the context – John Gibbons

FERTILE GROUND
10.30 – Presentation 1 – Sharon Carroll EU Green Leaf
10.45 – Presentation 2 – Patricia Philibin G2020 (tbc)
11.00 – Presentation 3 – Alan Farrell EU Region of Gastronomy
11.15 – Discussion – Maximising the potential for Galway
11.30 – Break

SUPPORT FROM THE FIELD
11.45 – Presentation 4 – Mary Ryan – Teagasc
12.15 – Presentation 5 – Fergal Smith – Food Sovereignty Ireland
12.30 – Presentation 6 – JP Pendergast – Claremorris & Western District Energy Co Op
12.45 – Presentation 7 – Niall O Brolochain – Smart Cities
13.00 – Lunch

COMMUNITY POWER
14.00 – Green Footprints – Vincent Carragher

LEARNING | UNLEARNING – The Way Forward
14.30 – James Glynn UCC
14.45 – Michelle O’Dowd CUSP Ryan Institute NUI Galway
15.00 – Sean Taylor – MASPACE Limerick College Art & Design
15.15 – An Taisce / Post Carbon Galway

15.30 – Break
15.45 – Discussion – “HOW DO WE MAKE THE TRANSITION TO A GREEN, HEALTHY, SMART, SUSTAINABLE, CREATIVE GALWAY?”
16.30 – Next sreps
16.50 – Closing remarks
17.00 – Close

This event is being co-hosted by Cultivate, Third Space and Collaborative Ways Forward and is supported by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which is funded by Galway City Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Everyone Welcome

To register please visit
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-making-the-transition-to-a-healthy-low-carbon-creative-sustainable-city-convergence-tickets-28601821819?aff=erellivmlt

For more information contact;
Festival Coordinator Martina Finn
collaborativewaysforward@gmail.com
E-mail – postcarbongalway@gmail.com and for more information visit www.postcarbongalway.ie / www.collaborativewaysforward.com / ww.cultivate.ie
www.thirdspacegalway.ie
Location: http://www.portershed.com/

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.