Youth Eco Art Project in Manorhamilton

Want to do something different this summer?

Love Leitrim with the support of Young Friends of the Earth Ireland is organising a summer art and environment event for young people 14 to 18, starting 25th of June.

It includes 2 days of workshops and a week-end camp.

Check the poster for details and join!

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EVS Volunteers at Hustings debate

Saturday 13th February GEAI attended a political debate organised by Love Leitrim. It was an opportunity for Sligo/Leitrim Constituency’s candidates to express their position on fracking. The Irish General election will take place in two weeks and the electorate hopes for an engagement from candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing once elected.

GEAI members was accompanied by three EVS volunteers: Olga, Lisandra and Cédric. A perfect occasion for them to follow the electoral campaign.

With this Election and the Vote Frack Free campaign I started my EVS in a very interesting time. Saturday’s meeting was amazing and now I follow its impact during this campaign” declared Lisandra. “It was my first time to a political debate in Ireland and it was a great opportunity for me. Last year in Azores I was a member of a political party and Saturday I could compare the Irish political system with the Portuguese”.

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Cédric, Olga, Lisandra and Aedin

 

Election Hustings, Saturday 13, BeePark, Manorhamilton

 Pubic Meeting in Manorhamilton with general election candidates Feb 13th

Are you worried about the future of your area? Do you think the politicians hear your voice? Do you know what policies the current general election candidates have in regard to renewable energy, community based energy initiatives and their stance on implementing a ban on fracking?

Well, Love Leitrim, the North Leitrim based community group has arranged a pre- election event where all candidates in the up coming election will have an opportunity to share their views on these and related issues and the electorate has a chance to question them on those issues.

All Candidates are invited to debate fracking and future energy policy for the region.

This public meeting chaired by Johnny Gogan, chair of Love Leitrim will take place in The Bee Park Centre, Manorhamilton on Sat Feb 13th at 8pm. Candidates will each have a few minutes to speak, followed by a question and answer session from the floor. Love Leitrim emphasizes the importance of attending this event and making an informed decision on Election Day re the sustainable future of the Sligo-Leitrim constituency which includes parts of South Donegal and West Cavan.

Here is the link to the most recent information on the EPA study: https://goodenergiesalliance.com/press-releases/

For further information: Johnny Gogan, chair Love Leitrim 086 3173075.

 

June 24: Behind the scenes

The event “Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of all the Good Energies Alliance volunteers. GEAI has no paid staff so all our work relies on the selfless work of people that comes from all over Europe. This behind-the-scences work allowed GEAI to make sure that the day went without problems. Here are some pictures of our volunteers:

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Del Thorogood, our sound technician, and Brendan O’Rourke, maker of the Manorhamilton scale model.

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Janice Raine-Conick and Olivia Mitchell at the registration table

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Meg and Cecilia were in charge of catering for all the attendees.

More pictures on Flickr.

Stunning success of Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities!

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The event “Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” has been a success. Yesterday, almost 100 people gathered in Manorhamilton to take their energy future into their own hands. The main outcome of this pioneering event was the decision to develop a plan for community-owned renewable energy projects in North Leitrim. The event, organised by Good Energies Alliance Ireland and Love Leitrim was also intensively followed on social media and it was livestreamed globally.

Pauline Gallacher, Neilston Trust (Scotland), Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, and Cormac Walsh, Energy Co-operatives Ireland, were the main speakers. Gallacher’s presentation was one of the most inspiring ones. “Use community-owned energy to stimulate ownership of the carbon emission reduction agenda and harness your own resources to build your own sustainable future”, she told to the Irish audience.

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“Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” was aimed at raising awareness of the opportunities open to local communities to benefit from renewable energies, look at the potential to generate income and jobs for the community and identify local champions of renewable energy. During the day all the people attending had the chance to learn about successful community-owned experiences from Ireland and Scotland and also to raise every question, doubt and misunderstanding they might have had.

“We are delighted with the success of the event” GEAI director Aedín McLoughlin said at the end of this day of workshops and discussions. “It was great to see so many people , but this is only the first step of a bigger project. Renewables can be the source to re-energise rural communities, bringing jobs and income, and we want to replicate this event in many towns and villages across Ireland, providing sustainable alternatives for fossil fuels”, McLoughlin stated.

More pictures on Flickr!

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