Kildare PPN Climate Action Weekend will took place between Friday the 9th of September to Sunday the 11th of September 2022.

 

We had a whole host of events, online and in-person taking place throughout the weekend covering everything from Health and Climate Action to Energy to Sustainability.

 

The weekend aimed to share knowledge, educate, and inspire Climate Action in our communities.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and participated in our events to make the weekend such a success.


 

Friday 9th September

Climate Cafe with Circular Economy Club Kildare at refillz

Friday 9th September – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Come on over to refillz, Naas for a coffee or tea and a chat about climate change. refillz will be hosting this Climate Cafe in association with the Circular Economy Club of Kildare

 

Location: refillz, Kilcullen Road, Naas, W91 KW44

 

Low Cost, Low Waste Parenting with Annie Byrne

Friday 9th September – 11:00am

Practical advice, tips and tricks for low cost, low waste parenting with Annie Byrne from Zero Waste Maynooth and the Cloth Nappy Library Ireland. Annie will discuss how to keep costs down and give an introduction to the modern day cloth nappy.

 

Location: Kildare PPN Youtube Channel

Workshop on Climate Hope with Gary Tyrell (An Taisce)

Friday 9th September – 1:00PM

Why not take this opportunity to slow down and connect with like-minded folks, while having some fun, in The Maynooth Community Space on Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

We are very excited to host a Climate Hope Workshop, exploring how we can live in the world we want to save, while building a collective vision for our sustainable future.

 

Location: Maynooth Community Space

Water Quality in County Kildare and Community Action with Aoife McGrath Community Water Officer (Lawpro)

Friday 9th September – 5:00PM

A talk from Aoife McGrath, Lawpro Officer, on water quality in Kildare and the work done by Lawpro and the Community Water Officer. Aoife will also take a look at what we can do at home and in the community to address impacts on water and climate change.

 

Location: Kildare PPN Youtube Channel

Kildare’s Energy Future (Panel Discussion)

Friday 9th September 6:00pm – Zoom

As we head into a period of signification change for the energy sector, this panel discussion will explore the challenges and solutions for businesses and communities in meeting the changes ahead.

Donna Gartland is CEO of Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency which has been working to accelerate Dublin’s low-carbon transition in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the lives of citizens.

Sinead Ronan is Public Affairs Manager with County Kildare Chamber, the leading business organisation for the promotion and development of economic and commercial activity in Kildare, representing close to 400 companies employing over 37,000 people in the county.

Emer Conway has been working with Sustainable Energy Communities in Kildare who have been educating and driving change in their communities for many years.

Saturday 10th September

“What birds do when they can’t stand the heat in the kitchen”

Saturday 10th September – 10:00am

A red sky at night is taken to mean shepherds delight, that is fair weather is on the way but when that good weather becomes a daily occurrence than it may spell disaster for biodiversity and biodiversity.

What does global warming and climate change have for birds? Come along and join Lorraine Benson and Neil J Bourke, Birdwatch Ireland (Kildare Branch) for a bird talk and walk to hear and see more.

The talk will take place in Naas Library and will be followed by a walk along the Corbally line canal, starting from Naas Harbour.

Location: Naas Library

Climate Cafe with Circular Economy Club Kildare

Saturday 10th September 10:00am – 12:00pm

A Climate Café is an open, inclusive space for people to get together to talk and act on climate change. Unpacked will be hosting this Climate Cafe in association with the Circular Economy Club of Kildare.

Location: Unpacked, Kildare Town, R51 XW14

Climate Action (SDG 13) – Why it matters and how small actions can go a long way

Saturday 10th September – 11:00am

This workshop will look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on SDG 13: Climate Action. We will explore the significance of the goal, how it connects to wider issues of sustainability, equality and justice, and why it is essential to address issues related to climate sooner rather than later. With this in mind, we will have a look at small actions we can all take locally, and how these actions can potentially have an impact on a wider, more global level.

Location: Zoom

Ladies Clothes Swap Event with Zero Waste Maynooth 

Saturday 10th September  2:00pm -4:00pm

Upgrade your wardrobe sustainability.

Everyone brings their pre-loved clothes to trade for other clothes. Rather than donate or throw away the stuff you don’t wear, a clothing swap creates an opportunity for exchanging your unused or unwanted items. Clothes must be in good condition with no repair needed. You can swap up to 3 items per person.

 

Location: Maynooth Library

 

Farming for Nature Farm Walk

Saturday 10th September  3:00pm 

This farm walk around the McCalls farm in Calverstown is a great opportunity to visit a farm that adopts various sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices.

The first part of the walk will take us through old pastures that are managed for biodiversity and conservation, part of a wood and an orchard.

In the second part we will look at ponds, hedge planting and an ancient meadow that is professionally harvested for seeds of native species of flowers and grasses. We will also look at biochar and its uses.

The exact location of the farm will be sent to your after registration.

Please note: Pre-registration is essential as spaces are limited. 

Location: Calverstown, Kilcullen.

 

Sustainable Energy Community Walk and Talk Event – Kilcock

Saturday 10th September – 4:00pm

SEAI Community Energy Mentor for Kildare, Emer Conway will host a walking tour in Kilcock to talk about community energy. Kilcock SEC are just about to complete an energy master plan & during the talk we will talk about energy demand & supply, the path ahead & how we will achieve community energy goals in a way that benefits all energy users in the community.

Meeting point:  The tour will start & finish at the Canal Bank Walk in Kilcock. The Walk will be approximately 2km.

 

Sunday 11th September

Yoga to Connect with Nature

Sunday 11th September – 10:00am

Kildare PPN and Naas Biodiversity Group are delighted to partner with yoga teacher and reflexologist Danielle Griffin to provide an energising, rejuvenating and fun yoga session in Nature.

Dani’s classes are a blend of many different types of training to help energise, rejuvenate, center and ground as well as create a strong and flexible body that also teaches the importance of relaxation and calming the mind. The instructor provides a welcoming, accessible, fun, empowering, supportive class while also creating a sense of community and connection.

This class will be suitable to all ages and levels, is family friendly and is designed to remind us that we are all connected to and part of nature.

Yoga mats will be provided but participants are also encouraged to bring their own.

 

Location: Monread Park

 

Sustainable Energy Community Walk and Talk Event – Naas

Sunday 11th September – 11:30am

SEAI Community Energy Mentor for Kildare, Emer Conway will host a walking tour in Naas to talk about community energy. Naas SEC are just about to complete an energy master plan & during the talk we will talk about energy demand & supply, the path ahead & how we will achieve community energy goals in a way that benefits all energy users in the community.  The walk will be approximately 2.4Km.

 

Meeting point: Monread Park Sli Na Slainte starting point

 

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to the poor weather forecast. 

Air Quality in our Towns and Villages: Where Health and Climate Action Meet

Sunday 11th September – 1:00pm

Air pollution is a major public health problem worldwide. In Ireland the European Environment Agency estimate that 1410 deaths annually are linked to air pollution.

A smoky fuel ban has been proposed that will restrict the sale of some of our most polluting solid fuels.

Join us on Sunday to learn more about the effects of air pollution in our towns and villages and what you can do to improve air quality in your locality and mitigate the health effects of it.

Dr Colm Byrne is a Consultant Geriatrician in the Mater Hospital who has recently completed a doctorate on the effects of air pollution on short term stroke risk in Ireland.

Lodge Bog Walk with the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council 

Sunday 11th September  2:00pm event

Lodge Bog is a raised bog of vast biodiversity value in Lullymore. Join the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) as part of our Climate Action Weekend, to explore the fascinating history of peatland formation with a walk to Lodge Bog. Learn of IPCC’s current carbon project which is to calculate the stored carbon within the habitat through a peat depth demonstration. This project highlights the role peatlands play in regulating climate and shows how IPCC are working towards peatland conservation with a better in mind future for all.

 

Location: Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore West, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

 

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to the poor weather forecast. 

Psychology and the Climate Crisis

Sunday 11th September – 4:00pm

During this hour long talk, Dr. Eoin Galavan and Ann Walsh, two psychologists reflect on key climate change questions:

  1. Why are we stuck? Eoin Galavan will explore ideas as to why we seem to be mired in inertia when it comes to changing our behaviours.
  2. Is our relationship with the natural world broken? Ann Walsh will explore how we may reconnect with nature, through every day experiences.

Local Food, Local Resilience: Climate Impacts on our Communities

Sunday 11th September – 6:00pm

Join local community experts for a chat on food security, the implications of climate change on our communities and what we can do as communities to become more resilient.

Speakers:

Cecilia Ramondetta

Cecilia has a variety of professional and volunteering experiences in the last 30 years, both in Italy, where she lived for the first part of her life, and in Ireland. They are too long to list, but they include the Department of Education, KWETB, scouting, the Work That Reconnects, Cultivate. At their core, is a lifelong interest in the systemic, environmental, educational, social and economic issues of our times.

She is a qualified secondary level teacher, Community Education tutor, facilitator and counsellor, applying her expertise to facilitate an understanding of our deepest beliefs, a transformation of world views, the empowerment of those she shares parts of her journey in life and the remembering of our interconnected relationship to the web of life.

Evonne Boland 

Evonne Boland is a founding member of the Open Food Network, an open-source not-for-profit online platform which gives small food producers a fair and transparent route to their local market. She is also active in a number of community projects in the area of sustainability and local food.

Location: Kildare PPN YouTube

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2021 Climate Action Weekend

Kildare Public Participation Network Climate Action Weekend 2021 took place between Friday the 26th to Sunday the 28th of November.  There was a whole host of events that took place throughout the weekend both virtual and in-person to educate and inspire Climate Action within communities. Thank you to everyone who took part to make it such a success.