Offaly set to become national leader in the green revolution
Offaly Public Participation Network is holding a series of community consultations on a project aimed at making the county greener, wilder and healthier.
The events will delve into environmental issues like pesticides and renewable energy.
"In 2018 we found out that pesticides definitely cause cancer and our food and green spaces are sprayed with them, constantly," a statement from Green Offaly said.
"Everything that is driving climate change is a direct result of our progress and it is a fact that we are all going to have to
change the way we live. If we wait for others to do it for us, we could be waiting for a while."
"Here in Offaly, our answer to these challenges is the creation of ‘Green Offaly’ Sustainable Development Trust. Development Trusts are organisations that are community-based, owned and led. Green Offaly is focused on helping our local communities become greener, wilder, richer and healthier, powered by community-owned renewable energy sources."
"This is green regeneration and it has never been done in Ireland before. It is good for community, good for business, good for the environment, great news for Offaly and it all begins with you! As part of our pre-project launch, we will be visiting 4 locations across Offaly: Ferbane, Birr, Daingean and Tullamore."
"We want to find out what your communities say around the issues of environment and community. We will take your feedback at these community meetings and use it to build the foundations of the Trust. Don’t wait for others to act, come along, find out more and tell us what you want to see happen in your community."
The dates and locations of the meetings are listed below:
Ferbane and surrounding area: March 14 6.30pm - 8.30pm Gallen Community School, Ferbane.
Birr and surrounding area: March 19 6.30pm - 8.30pm Marian Hall, Birr
Tullamore and surrounding area: March 21 6.30pm - 8.30pm Darmagh Community Centre, Tullamore
Daingean and surrounding area: March 26 6.30pm - 8.30pm The Old School House, Daingean.
Ireland is part of a collective EU pledge to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and as such has committed to reduce carbon emissions 20% by 2020 at least 40% by 2030; and between 80% and 95% by 2050.