Ballinamore fights climate change

Ballinamore is on its way to becoming a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC)!

Ballinamore's Energy Action

On 30th October, a meeting of Ballinamore citizens interested in the transition of the town to a low carbon economy agreed to form an Energy Group and to start working with SEAI and a mentor to create an Energy Masterplan for the town.

Noeleen O'Callaghan at Ballinamore's seminar

Noeleen O’Callaghan from Leargas, Erasmus +

“This is an important step for Ballinamore,” said Mairín Martin, Chairperson, Ballinamore Area Community Council. “It is horrific to think that our town is spending €2 million each year on energy, the vast majority of which is oil, gas and coal.  It is clear that climate change is now happening and every town and citizen must play their part in working to save the planet. The most important thing we can do as individuals is to move away from fossil fuels for transport and heating. We must look at the possibilities of generating our energy from wind and solar. We also must consider how we can reduce our transport costs, currently around €1 million per year!”

Mel Gavin at Ballinamore's seminar

Mel Gavin from IT Sligo

The meeting was well attended, convened by Good Energies Alliance Ireland and supported by SEAI and the Erasmus+ programme. GEAI presented the results of an Energy Survey they did in Ballinamore. Mel Gavin from I.T. Sligo presented a potential Energy Roadmap to 2025 that responded to many ideas put forward by residents to tackle climate change. The meeting was enjoyable and very informative. A meeting of the new Energy Group will take place shortly and will look at the ways Ballinamore can be supported to get on a path to lower both its energy costs and its carbon emissions.

 

 

Mohill students take climate action

GEAI (Good Energies Alliance Ireland) is currently organising three Climate Action days for Transition Year students in Mohill Community College.  This initiative is facilitated by our EVS volunteers who are proving to be a big hit with the students!

IMG_1407For the first day in the school on October 23rd, the aim was that students would learn more about climate change and its impacts globally and on Ireland. The morning started with an ice-breaker where the students and our volunteers had great craic, and after that the real work began. It included a presentation given by the GEAI team about climate change, its impacts on Ireland and the world and what we can do to tackle it. The students were very well informed about climate change, but were happy to get more information on the topic.

IMG_1410After the presentation it was time for more work. Choosing pictures that we had laid in front of them, the students showed their interest in different aspects of climate change such as extreme weather, food production, energy efficiency, power generation and pollution. According to their interests they were divided in groups. The volunteers facilitated table discussions and the students participated with great enthusiasm. They talked about their topic, finding their causes and coming up with ideas to address the issue.  At the end of the session they presented their discussion results and we felt very proud of them.

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Celebrating the 17 Global SDGs

Tuesday, 25th September, GEAI’s team and volunteers went to Dublin to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Development Goals March O'Connell Bridge

Credits: Niall Sargent – Green News.ie

The United Nations General Assembly set the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (or SDGs) in 2015. These 17 goals are a universal plan of action for the world to achieve by 2030. They aim to fight against poverty, climate change, inequalities, hunger, water pollution, etc.

This event in Dublin celebrated the adoption of the SDGs and promoted the promise of “Leave No One Behind”.

We met on O’Connell Bridge in front of a huge SDGs banner. Following some speeches, we marched from O’Connel Street to the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square. After several speeches about SDGs from environmental organisations (including Coalition 2030, Environmental Pillar, Friends of the Earth, Coastwatch), we heard from a Belgian Embassy official and finally heard a very powerful performance from two young girls who are asylum seekers and have been for years in Direct Provision.

Sustainable Development Goals March

Credits: Niall Sargent – Green News.ie

Tuesday was also the arrival day of our new volunteer Siri from Greece. What a beginning for her EVS in Ireland!

After the final photos, we also had the opportunity to promote our Powerful Communities campaign with our banner!

Sustainable Development Goals March - Powerful Communities banner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powerful Communities Conference – video summary

We are pleased to present a short video on the Powerful Communities conference, held at IT Sligo last June 15th.

The video shows an overview of the speakers and their presentations, plus some scenes from the round tables. We still want to thank all the participants, both speakers and public.

GEAI is going to organise further seminars in the fall, for which we will keep you updated. For the moment we wish you to enjoy the summer break!

Here you can find more information about the conference.

 

Logos IT Sligo, EPA, Erasmus +

 

 

 

Microgeneration and overviews for communities

Microgeneration reportOur microgeneration report, researched by our EVS volunteer Francesca Franzetti, is now published!

This report gives an overview of microgeneration for non-technical readers. It deals with all aspects of microgeneration from policies to support mechanisms; from community energy to grid connections.

We hope that it will be useful for groups and communities interested in implementing small renewable energy projects.

 

Download the report: Micro-Scale Electricity Generation : An Overview for Communities

 

 

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