General Meeting on Monday 26th May at 7pm

Following on from the 4 days of visioning sessions we are meeting to work out the next steps for the group at ‘The Secret Garden’ café on Williams Street West on Monday 26th May starting at 7pm. All welcome!


Provisional Agenda
(i.) Transcribing the notes
(ii.) Writing the chapters
(iii.) Format(s) – small booklet, infographics poster, book, webvideo etc.
(iv.) Graphic design
(v.) Timescales
(vi.) Funding
(vii.) Launch
(viii.) Submissions to City Development Plan

(a.) Garden of Transition
(b.) Film Screenings
(c.) Green Drinks Galway
(d.) Grant Applications
(e.) Subgroups (inner transition, education, video, economics etc.)
(f.) Any Other Business


Visioning Sessions IV: Energy, Community & Education

All are invited to an open, public visioning event dedicated to the topics: ‘Energy’ and ‘Community & Education’. These will be the final two topics of eight and will take place on Saturday 10th May with the ‘Energy’ session on 11am-1pm and ‘Community & Education’ session from 2pm-4pm. Transition Galway are asking the public for practical and creative ideas that will make Galway a more abundant and fulfilling place to live. The people of Galway are invited to drop in during any of the visioning sessions and share their ideas to create a positive vision for the future. A poster is attached.

Visioning Session IVHOW YOU CAN HELP
(i.) Attend on the day – and give your opinion on what direction Galway should take
(ii.) Be a host in one of the sessions (contact us if you are interested)

(iii.) Be an anchor at a table (recording ideas and keeping the conversation moving at a table of 4-5 people – contact us if you are interested)

(iv.) Share the event on Facebook

(v.) If you can’t be there in person, you can give your ideas on our website:
(vi.) Put up a poster at work, college etc. (we have printed posters, phone or text (087) 125 4817 or you could print a copy of the PDF at this link:

Film screening, May 2014 – Living Downstream

There will be a screening of the film ‘Living Downstream’ this Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May, at 7pm at the ‘Secret Garden’ café on William Street West. This film follows ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber during one year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. There will be a short discussion about the film after the screening. All welcome!

LivingDownstream“Handsomely photographed and powerfully argued. . . . Steingraber’s scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern-day Rachel Carson.” – ‘The Washington Post’
“Powerful . . . haunting.” – ‘The Toronto Star’


Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ‘Living Downstream’ is an eloquent and cinematic documentary film.

This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.

LivingDownstreamSandraBut Sandra is not the only one who is on a journey—the chemicals against which she is fighting are also on the move. We follow these invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how these chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer.

Several experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research make important cameo appearances in the film, highlighting their own findings on two pervasive chemicals: atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and the industrial compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Their work further illuminates the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health.

At once Sandra’s personal journey and her scientific exploration, ‘Living Downstream’ is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.