Climate Action Week 2023

 

It’s time to take action.

Ireland’s seventh Climate Action Week will run from October 16th to 22nd 2023 so go download your poster, #ClimatePledges and other resources here. If you host an Action Day during Climate Action Week, it will count towards your Green Flag application, and there’s no better way to kickstart your Green-Schools Committee than celebrating #ClimateActionWeek! Download the Event Organisers Guide for Climate Action Week 2023.

#ClimatePledge Competition

We want to encourage everyone in Ireland to keep the climate conversation alive and take the next step in their climate action journey, wherever that may be. We have some incredible prizes with €500 in vouchers for…Thriftify, Seedsavers, Rothar, Reuzi and Green Earth Organics! Simply share a #ClimatePledge on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – there’s 18 to choose from, so something for everyone! You can download all 18 here or choose your pledge from our gallery below to share on your story or retweet. Entries will open from Monday 16th until Friday 20th October and can be submitted by tagging @ClimateAmbassador, and using the hashtag #ClimateActionWeek or #ClimatePledge.

Click the images below to download.

#ClimateActionWeek 2023 TIMETABLE

Weeklong Events:

Screening: Fashion Reimagined – virtual

Join the Let’s Fix Fashion project team for an eye-opening screening of Fashion Reimagined this #ClimateActionWeek. Register and watch anywhere, any time from Monday 16th to Friday 20th.  See Wednesday and Sunday for related events! Register for the screening here. Please note: this film contains a few instances of strong language, so may not be suitable for primary students.

TU Dublin will host a week of fantastic activities for #ClimateActionWeek.

You can see the full listing here.

 Climate & Biodiversity week in Trinity College

See here for the full calender of events

Global Goals Book Club

Take Action with your class during Climate Action Week with our new resource. Head to the Global Goals Book Club.
 

Monday, October 16th

11am: World Food Day – online

Join Green-Schools Food and Biodiversity Officer Clare Patten for a fabulous Food Waste webinar featuring Breanne Ayala from FoodCloud and special guests from Carysfort National School.  Watch the recording here! Learn about the BioBeo Project here. 

2pm: Feel The Change – online

Explore climate change through storytelling with noted writer Oisín McGann. Best suited for ages 10–14 but all are welcome. Students can engage imaginatively with climate change issues and build stories around them through working creatively in a range of genres. By using art to encourage empathy, participants will benefit from a more developed knowledge and understanding of global justice issues, and thereby becoming more engaged and active global citizens. This new resource is intended to be used to provoke thought and conversation, and to prompt an emotional response and as a starting point for many interesting and imaginative discussions.

Access Oisin McGann’s Feel The Change here

Watch the recording here!

Screening: Fashion Reimagined – virtual

Join the Let’s Fix Fashion project team for an eye-opening screening of Fashion Reimagined this #ClimateActionWeek. Register and watch anywhere, any time from Monday 16th to Friday 20th.  See Wednesday and Sunday for related events!
 

Tuesday, October 17th

10am: Polar Bear & Penguin – Galway

If you’re in Galway check out Paul Curley’s performance at 10am or 12pm in the Town Hall Theatre. Polar Bear & Penguin is a quirky tale of our time, infused with humour, friendship and fish. What happens when polar opposite characters meet for the first time? This tender and heartfelt show follows a polar bear and a penguin as they get to know one another and learn how to survive in a world that is melting beneath their feet…paws…flippers. Buy tickets here.

11am: Green Flag Raising – Stillorgan College of Further Education

The Green Campus Committee will host a flag raising ceremony as part of #ClimateActionWeek 2023 in Stillorgan College of Further Education.

4pm: Public Consultation – Dublin’s Climate Action Plans

Join the four Dublin Local Authorities as they present their Climate Action Plans in the Round Room at the Mansion House from 4pm to 7pm this #ClimateActionWeek.

Wednesday, October 18th

1pm: Let’s Fix Fashion – online

Tune in to a panel discussion with Fionnuala Moran, Climate Ambassador Alex Reilly, and LFF Student Ambassadors from 1-2pm online. Register here.

Green Campus Demonstration Reassessment – Cork

Students from other Green Campus sites are invited to the Green Flag reassessment for a peer learning exercise and to share ideas on student engagement in the afternoon.

4pm: Making an Environmental Submission

Join Climate Ambassador Niamh Guiry for a workshop on making an environemntal submission in The Sustainable Futures Lab on Wednesday 18th from 4-5pm. Ground Floor, Iris Ashley Cummins Building, Main Campus, UCC. If you’re new to public participation, the idea of making an environmental submission to a consultation may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will provide you with some tips and insights into how you can navigate and engage with the public consultation process and make your voice heard. Some topics that will be covered include: ● Where to find information related to public consultations. ● Where to start with your submission. ● The process of writing and submitting to a public consultation. Email niamhmguiry@gmail.com to register.

8:30pm: Climate Comedy – Dublin

Join Climate Ambassador Diane for an evening of climate comedy; The Accidental Activist! A stand-up comedian meets a climate activist and walks into a theatre… Diane O’Connor didn’t grow up expecting to be an activist, it just sort of happened, one minute she was holding a pint in the pub the next it was a placard at a protest. A quick-witted comedy show about a woman trying to find her place in the midst of this mess. The Accidental Activist doesn’t pull any punches but provides a consistent thread of hope and resilience for anyone worried, angry or eager to do more about the climate crisis we’ve been thrown into. Join Diane on this hilarious and provocative journey of feeling the fear and finding the hope. You’ll be laughing, crying and perhaps grabbing a placard on the way out. Tickets €11 available from https://www.whelanslive.com/ticket/diane-oconnor/
 

Thursday, October 19th

7pm: Eco-feminism and Art – Dublin

Join Climate Ambassador Olivia from 7-8:30pm in our Swift’s Alley office for a workshop on eco-feminism and art this #ClimateActionWeek. “Climate change is a man-made problem with a feminist solution”. – Mary Robinson “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas Want to meet new people, channel your creativity and talk about climate activism? Join us this Climate Action Week for a free ecofeminist art workshop themed around mother nature and the relationship between climate action, art and feminism! Everyone of every gender and age group is very welcome to attend. After a brief discussion on ecofeminism and climate activism through art we will make some artwork of our own and share what inspires us to engage in climate action. Refreshments will be provided. Register on eventbrite to secure your place. We look forward to seeing you there! When? 7-8:30pm, Thursday 19th October 2023 Where? An Taisce Education Unit, 5a Swift’s Alley, Dublin 8 Registration Link: Ecofeminist art workshop Tickets, Thu 19 Oct 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

An Choill Bheag – Louth

Primary Climate Ambassadors Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire will start preparations for a fabulous tiny forest and outdoor classroom ‘An Choill Bheag’.
 

Friday, October 20th

10am : Climate Smart collab with GLOBE – Dublin

Climate Adaptation Officer Ali Norman and the GLOBE Team are looking for secondary schools in Dublin to take part in Climate Smart this #ClimateActionWeek! Email climatesmart@eeu.antaisce.org to register your interest. Join these two great programmes from 10am – 1pm for a morning of Climate Resilience at Kingswood Community College, D24. Students will learn how to take atmospheric measurements and contribute to citizen science. They will also play the iAdapt game to learn about flooding in Ireland and how you can make an impacts. With a guest from Dublin City Council, students will also learn about the Climate Action Plan and how they can have their voice heard.

5pm: Climate Fresk – online

Join Climate Ambassador Leslie Marce for a fabulous Climate Fresk online this #ClimateActionWeek! 5pm to 8pm via zoom on Friday 20th October. Climate Fresk is a fun and collaborative workshop that aims to raise awareness about climate change and empower people to take action. The workshop is based on the IPCC reports and explores the science behind climate change, before allowing participants to discuss about emotions and actions to tackle climate change. It is a well-established workshop, present in more than 150 countries and with more than 1.2 million participants worldwide. Register here.
 

Saturday, October 21st

11am: International Repair Day – Blanchardstown

Get down to Fingal Makerspace for a Repair Café this #ClimateActionWeek, where you can breathe new life into your broken household items from electronics and appliances to furniture and clothing, all while sharing valuable repair skills and promoting a sustainable lifestyle. So grab your broken treasures and join us for a day of mending, learning, and connection at Fingal Makerspace Repair Café. Together, we can build a more sustainable future and celebrate the power of repair! 11am to 4pm on Saturday 21st October in Blanchardstown Library. Reserve your tickets here.

11am: Sustainability, the Sea and Me

This Climate Action Week join Clean Coasts’ Think Before You Flush, Change Makers Donegal and Buncrana Tidy Towns for a workshop, beach walk and talk at 11am on Ludden Beach, Buncrana! Reserve your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sustainability-the-sea-and-me-tickets-730490074477
 

Sunday, October 22nd

1pm: Halloween Swap Shop! Dublin

Because there is nothing scarier than fast fashion! Join the Climate Ambassadors for a day of socialising and sustainable fashion as we host a Swap Shop Social, for all things Hallowe’en! Whether you have an old costume, looking for a new one, or just looking to revitalise your wardrobe, all things are welcome at this swap shop! This includes clothes, books, shoes, bags or Hallowe’en decorations or props. We will also have a small upcycling station available on the day, perfect for some quick repairs or to spook up some boring clothes! 1pm to 3pm at 5a Swifts Alley, Francis St, The Liberties. Reserve your spooky spot here.

3pm: The Wildlife Orchestra – Galway

You’re invited on an interactive musical journey through nature with song and poetry. From the smallest piccolo to the largest tuba – a spectrum of orchestral sound tells a story of Galway’s wildlife, green spaces and seascapes. Listen to the fluttering butterflies, buzzing bees and the caw of the crow, alongside other characters from the natural world around us. The University of Galway Concert Orchestra and Music Generation Galway City join forces to present this fun, family-friendly, interactive cushion concert for the whole family in the Galway Community College Music Centre. Buy tickets here.
 

Don’t forget your Climate Action Tracker!

Don’t forget to complete the Climate Action Tracker by October 23rd so we can record all the wonderful things that happened during Ireland’s seventh Climate Action Week! We want every Climate Ambassador, school, college, business, Local Authority and community group or club to complete the climate action tracker this year, and so, to encourage you, we have a fantastic €200 voucher for Refurbed up for grabs!

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