Here we have compiled information from our Climate Action Training sessions, so even if you were unable to attend you can still read the presentations and watch the live streams.
Workshops: Climate for Wellbeing, Hosting Climate Conversations in your Community, Climate and the Local Elections.
1) Climate for Wellbeing
As our climate changes, so must our communities and councils adapt to future-proof practices. One way to impact this adaptation is through the Wellbeing Statements for each Public Participation Network. This workshop, hosted by Michael Ewing of the Environmental Pillar, will explore how you can engage for climate through this documents creation. The Wellbeing Statement in each Local Authority District will be a guidebook for the work of the Public Participation Network and the creation of local policy in the future, as it aims to reflect what the community wants the future of their county to look like. We will be joined by Helen Howes of County Wicklow PPN, who has organised the creation of a very successful Wellbeing Statement in Co.Wicklow. Ensure that our environment is included in your counties Wellbeing Statement by knowing how to give your input, and how to lead others to give theirs.
2) Hosting Climate Conversations in your Community
Conversation is key to creating more awareness on climate issues. People have always learned and shared through stories, and it is through good story telling and good communication that knowledge and best practice will take root. We are delighted to have Gary Tyrrell from An Taisce with us for this event to host our third workshop of the day. He will host a workshop on the practicalities of hosting climate conversations with family, friends and larger groups, and exploring the importance of storytelling in communicating.
3) Climate and the Local Elections
This workshop will be focused on enacting change for climate through the local and EU elections. David Healy, Green Party Councilor for Fingal, will discuss what it is that local councilors can achieve. We will discuss different ways that you can engage with local councilors about environmental issues, and methods for reaching more people. This workshop includes a step by step guide on how to organise a local hustings hosted by Niall Sargent, editor for the Green News, and will explore other creative ways to engage people for climate in the local election process.
Workshops: Climate Action Plan, Rewilding and Biodiversity
1) From National to Local – How to use the National Climate Action Plan in local work
This workshop is hosted by Simon O’Rafferty, who has been working on an EPA funded project which focuses on examining the design of policy interventions for sustainable behaviour change. Simon will break down the national plan, and show how it can be used to direct your own work, and where community groups and projects can work alongside national plans to strengthen both local and national work.
Simon O’Rafferty – Climate Action Plan and Communities presentation. Watch the presentation below.
2) Re-wilding and Biodiversity
Hosted by Pádraic Fogarty, Campaign Officer at the Irish Wildlife Trust and author of ‘Whittled Away’, the tale of Ireland’s fast disappearing nature and what can be done about it. Pádraic will be sharing his experience of wildlife in Ireland and the concept of re-wilding.
Padraic Fogarty – Biodiversity and Rewilding presentation. Watch the presentation below.
The objective of this workshop was to initiate the development and implementation of policies and actions, at Local Authority level, that will respond to the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies. The day hosted presentations from expert speakers focusing on the challenges that Ireland is facing, and looking at the actions that local authorities can drive in their constituency. Round table discussions asked attending councilors to share best practice, challenges, and possible solutions to the collapse of biodiversity, and to climate adaptation and mitigation. Below are the presentations from the day.
1) Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss – The closely linked nature of the 2 emergencies
Anja Murray, Ecologist, Policy Analyst and Broadcaster
Anja Murray – View and download the presentation here. Watch the presentation below.
2) The Biodiversity Emergency
Padraic Fogarty, Ecologist and Author.
Watch the presentation below.
3) Local Authorities and Biodiversity
Bernie Guest, Heritage Officer
Bernie Guest – View and download the presentation here. Watch the presentation below.
4) Getting Real on Climate Crisis – Local Leadership on Climate Action
Tara Shine, Environmental Scientist, Change by Degrees
Tara Shine – View and download the presentation here. Watch the presentation below.
5) Local dimensions of the National & Local Biodiversity Action Plans – are they sufficient and will they be delivered?
David Dodd, Environmental Scientist, Climate Action Regional Office
David Dodd – View and download the presentation here. Watch the presentation below.
Reports: Outcomes from workshops
Feedback from participants at the Climate and Biodiversity Workshop
The Draft National Marine Planning Framework consultation closed on April 30th 2020. The webinar below introduced the Framework and explored points made in the submissions of SWAN and Coastwatch. These videos may be useful in future consultations.
Conor McCabe joins us from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to deliver an introduction to the National Marine Planning Framework.
Cormac is the Policy Officer of the sustainable Water Network. He joins us to give his insight into the points that SWAN are concerned about in their submission.
Karin joins us from Coastwatch to go through some of the points that you may wish to consider in your own submission.
The online webinar series aimed to provide an opportunity for Public Participation Networks, as well as members of the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) & Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), to consider the value of the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for building resilient communities as we move out of the Covid 19 crisis.
This series took place across three days, from the 26th – 28th May 2020 from 2.30-4pm. Over 260 participants from 26 counties took part across the three sessions and there was representation from every municipal district in the country.
The series was facilitated by Davie Philip of Cultivate in partnership with the Irish Environmental Network as part of the Make Europe Sustainable for All project.
Click here for the Series Report, which includes:
- links to video recordings of the sessions,
- a summary of documents & resources shared,
- links to the presentations
- a summary of both the presentations & inputs in the Chat and
- a summary of actions.
Watch the webinars below
In 2015, Ireland, along with every other United Nations Member State, made a commitment to deliver on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental, as well as the rights of this and future generations. They are a call for action to promote prosperity while protecting the environment and leaving no-one behind.
Local Authorities have a key role in ensuring that we live up to our promise.
This webinar series, held on the 20th & 24th July 2020, invited Local Authority councillors to consider the value of the SDGs in the context of the current pandemic, and identify key actions that can be taken at a local authority level to ensure the SDGs form the foundation of all recovery efforts.
Click here for the series report: SDGs for Local Authorities Report August 2020 Final
Keynote by Senator Alice Mary Higgins on the SDGs & Local Authorities
Watch the full webinar below