Green Drinks Thurs 13th Sept 8PM

Melissa Griffith and Sheila Gallagher of Green Sod Land Trust are the guest speakers at the September 2012 Green Drink Galway event. Their talk takes place 8pm this Thursday 13th September at the Cottage Bar, Lower Salthill. All welcome!


Melissa and Sheila will give a presentation at 8pm and then take questions from the audience. Many people stay on for a drink or two afterwards. Tea, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar.

Melissa and Sheila met in 2000 through Galway Environmental Alliance’s Eyre Square Enhancement Campaign. “Our campaign experience taught us that other species not only took 2nd place but had no place at all as we humans, through o…
ur want, greed and ignorance, exploit the natural world for human benefit only. All this at great cost to other species and ultimately to our own.” – Sheila Gallagher

They Co-founded Green Sod Land Trust in 2007
Green Sod was set up to protect Irish ecosystems and to educate people to be proactive in the preservation of nature. There are two strands to the work:
1. Establishing Wildlife Corridors in order to create safe habitats and to facilitate the free movement of wildlife, vital for biodiversity.
2. Ecological education promoting a paradigm shift in thinking from Cenozoic to Ecozoic includes; The Story of the Universe, an cross-curricular initiative for Primary School; Transition year, an adult Environmental Studies programme University net-working; on-line biodiversity toolkit.

Green Sod has been growing steadily since its inception and was granted charitable status (CHY 16961), in 2007. The organisation has deliberately stayed ‘under the radar’ in these formative years as the infrastructures and governance were being put in place for what is a national organisation. In the last years they have been moving forward steadily; 2010 saw the 1st piece of land (Co. Carlow) gifted to the Trust; 2011 Winners of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Elevator Award and 2012 shortlisted for the Green Leader Award with Green Awards 2012. Ecological Education Initiatives have been delivered in over 200 primary schools in the West of Ireland – this is an area of growth for the organisation as more education officers are trained around the country. To date the organisation is run on a voluntary basis.


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