Transition Galway in ‘The Irish Times’

Irish Times Masthead IThere was a very favourable article in the weekend edition of ‘The Irish Times’ of Saturday 9th January 2016 about our ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ project. The article is by Michael Viney in his ‘Another Life’ weekly column and is available at this link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/another-life-galway-s-hippy-ideas-are-just-what-the-environment-needs-1.2489710

 

News Report on ‘Galway Climate March’

Nuacht TG4 did a report on ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ (part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’) on Sunday 29th November 2015. People took to the streets across the world to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy ahead of the important global COP climate talks taking place in Paris. There are on-screen subtitles.

‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ on Irish TV

Transition Galway’s launch of ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is featured in the latest ‘Galway Matters’ show on Irish TV.

This is the link to the original video (the report about the launch starts 7:02 from the end):
IRISH TV LINK: http://www.irishtv.ie/galway-matters-68

‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ resulted from a series of open, public visioning events to allow people share their ideas for a low-carbon, sustainable Galway City by the year 2030. ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is available to download as a PDF here: VD-BookletA4Interactive

The entire content can be viewed on a dedicated website:  https://avisionforgalway2030.wordpress.com

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‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ Launch

The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Frank Fahy officially launched a new 100 page publication entitled ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ on Saturday 28th November at the Galway 2020 Hub, The Cornstore, Middle Street.

The finished booklet is divided into eight chapters based on eight topics: energy; food and water; infrastructure; community and education; arts and culture; economics; waste; and inner transition. A sucessful crowdfunding campaign raised money to pay for free copies of the publication to be given to schools and municipal libraries across the city. ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is freely available to download as an interactive (hyperlinked) PDF here: VD-BookletA4Interactive. A dedicated website with the entire content of the document was also launched at the same event: https://avisionforgalway2030.wordpress.com
Copies of the ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ plan have been presented to the Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath as well as to Galway County Council Chief Executive, Kevin Kelly.
L to R - James Glynn, Mary Greene, Bernard McGlinchey, Mayor Frank Fahy, Frank Greene (Pres. Galway Chamber), Kieran Cunnane, Caoimhín Ó Maolallaigh

‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’

Transition Galway was one of the main organisers of ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ which was part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’ on Sunday 29th November. People took to the streets across the world to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy ahead of the important global climate talks are taking place in Paris. Participants in the Galway march gathered at Eyre Square and accompanied by drummers and singers, made their way down Shop Street and Quay Street to the plaza in front of the Galway City Museum at the Spanish Arch. Speeches were given at the end of the march by representatives of various local non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International Galway, Galway Alliance Against War, Terryland Forest Park, Galway One World Centre and Transition Galway. A community pot luck was organised afterwards in the Tulca Festival Gallery on Market Street.

Participants at end of Galway Climate March 2015 (Ireland)

More photos here: https://transitiongalway.wordpress.com/galway-carnival-for-the-climate/

‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ Films

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8 short films summarising the 8 chapters of ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ have just been released. Here are the links:

ARTS & CULTURE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhdftfHqV-A
COMMUNITY & EDUCATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD6ZEyhsK6k
ECONOMICS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uyJ9oTG6RY
ENERGY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31NuwXadtAA
FOOD & WATER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=142RUAqZQAY
INNER TRANSITION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUapciibD_0
INFRASTRUCTURE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzq_l2bmRsM
WASTE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_2NkI1oEzU

Next ‘Sing for Climate Action’

Singing for Climate Action III

Singing at the bottom of High Street

On Friday 27th November, we will have the next ‘Sing for Climate Action’ where we’ll sing environmentally-themed songs in the centre of Galway to heighten awareness of climate change/chaos and the UN COP 21 talks in Paris in December (we have information for passersby).

We’ll assemble at Blake’s Castle (bottom of Quay Street) at 5.30pm and then find a space on Quay Street or Shop Street and sing there.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508328566132514

If anyone needs the lyric sheets and audio files to learn the songs, contact Clare (transitiontunes@gmail.com). Many of the songs are also on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/transition-tunes).

We have 15 songs in our repertoire, some are originals, others are adaptations of familiar tunes, most are quite easy to learn!

Dress code: anything green and blue preferably 🙂

Film Screening: ‘This Changes Everything’

This Changes Everything Poster Galway II

Poster for the event

The Irish Centre for Human Rights, in conjunction with several NUIG societies (Ecological Society; Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Society; Amnesty International Society) and Transition Galway have come together to host a free public screening of the newly-released documentary film based on Naomi Klein’s latest book ‘This Changes Everything’. Klein is the international best-selling author of ‘No Logo’ and ‘The Shock Doctrine’. The screening will take place at 7pm on Thursday 26th November in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Arts and Science Concourse in NUIG. All are welcome!

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/906867389368220

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpuSt_ST4_U

ABOUT THE FILM
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, ‘This Changes Everything’ is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

REVIEWS
“An unsettling but ultimately encouraging documentary about global warming and grassroots activism” – Variety

“Klein and those impassioned protesters provide something that has been in short supply in the predecessors – namely, a modicum of hope for the future” – L.A. Times