Community and environmental groups across Galway City are joining forces to create a festival to encourage the community to live more sustainably. Galway City was awarded the European Green Leaf 2017 last year and was the inspiration for this festival, organised by the Galway City Community Network (GCCN). The GCCN has been pushing for a “collaborative workshop” in the county to explore initiative in relation to Green Leaf themes, said Ann Irwin from Galway City Council. One of the ideas that emerged was a festival of sustainability with the first “Loving Galway” Sustainability Festival now set to take place over ten days at the end of September. The free event will focus on green and blue spaces, highlighting Galway’s unique environment of land, rivers and the sea, as well as hosting a flagship seminar to include climatologist Professor John Sweeney (Maynooth University).
Other activities will include a seminar on participatory planning hosted by Galway Environmental Network and GCCN, and a Zero Waste Youth Seminar hosted by Youth Work Ireland Galway.
Galway City Council provides environmental support annually by matching the Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund, with a total of €21,850 that is available this year for projects concerning topics like sustainability, climate change, waste, and biodiversity. Ms Irwin said that the GCCN Environment Linkage Group is an “amazingly vibrant space with really active participation from a whole range of people interested in different aspects of the environment and sustainability”.
Source – www.greennews.ie