Transition Galway are extending Earth Hour to a day long series of events this Saturday 31st March. These include an Awareness Campaign on Shop Street, a Tribal Spirit Drum and Song Session, a Movement Meditation in Barna Woods, and a Lantern Walk to the Sea.
Earth Hour is an International event which takes place each year and is growing in popularity with both businesses and residents. The event normally takes place around the equinox to facilitate a “big switch off” of lights which is the most popular action to date. However, this year Transition Galway wants to broaden the range of activities in which people can take part.
The awareness table on Shop St. will be used to offer people ‘Social-Eco contracts’ which encourage people to sign up to a social or eco task from simple to more challenging. Examples of the contracts include committing to using reusable shopping bags, insulating your home, turning vegan or vegetarian for the week, taking part in a random act of kindness, or taking the bus for a day, week or month.
On signing a contract members of the public will be entered to a prize draw (they can select the prize they would prefer if picked out). Examples of the prizes on offer include two tickets to Funky Semora event later on Saturday evening, a Kinesiology treatment by Des Richmond, a Home energy consultancy by Greener Smarter, a Painting by Artist Chris Harden, a 1on1 Yoga therapy session with Aisling Richmond, Organic Horticulture-Gardening Advice with Fergus Whitney, a Fruit Tree, and a free Organic veg box.
The Tribal Spirit Drum and Song Session is taking place at 1pm in Shop St. The Movement Meditation starts from the Barna Woods Car Park at 4pm.
A lantern walk from Eyre Square to Spanish Arch is also planned for the fading of daylight at 7:30pm.
The Funky Seomra event on Saturday night will be dimming the lights for the first hour and we are also hoping to engage with the City and County Councils with a view to encouraging more public participation in Earth Hour.