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Climate Change Conversations


A Symposium hosted by Galilee Community in partnership with the Western Development Commission and the Western Province of the Sisters of Mercy.

Saturday October 6th, Bush hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Public interest in climate change is now at a high and this was demonstrated on at the Climate Change Conversations symposium on 6th October when 180 people came from diverse perspectives and backgrounds to enter into a day of information, encouragement and dialogue.

The day was chaired by Gerry Glennon of Mid West radio and began with a warm welcome from the Galilee Community which reminded us for the need for a spiritual perspective and practice to nourish our activities. Chairperson of the Climate Change Advisory Council, Professor John Fitzgerald opened the presentations by encouraging us to look at the markets as incentive and deterrent for polluters large and small. Jim Sheer from the Sustainable Energy Authority spoke about Ireland’s progress with carbon reduction, and Dr Simon O’Rafferty developed this by exploring the benefits of a circular economy.

We heard contributions from Kate Ruddock of Friends of the Earth, Dr Lorna Gold of Trocaire and a variety of excellent speakers who were all addressing issues of climate change through activism, changes to personal consumption and government schemes, including local grants for environmental initiatives. These included Dr Michael Morkan, Séamus Dunbar and Mel Gavin. Francesca Franzetti and Gary Tyrrell encouraged young people to become ambassadors and champions for the planet.

Conference participants also had the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles parked outside at the Bush Hotel’s recently installed charge points, and to browse stalls with resources from different agencies and businesses.

The day was entitled ‘Climate Change Conversations,’ and the most important aspect of all was the encouragement and cross-pollination of ideas achieved by the many discussions among delegates. The youngest delegate, at eight weeks, quietly considered our efforts to ensure the world for her future. We hope we don’t let her down.

This event was livestreamed and all presentations are still available to view on the LECo Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LECoproject/

Here are some links to relevant websites and our partners and presenters.