Thursday, July 29, 2021

 Work can progress on a novel project geared transforming one Mayo town’s green space through the use of water thanks to a Climate Action Fund announcement this morning.

The Mayo project is based in Ballina and will explore how water can be used to transform green space while also improving climate resilience. Picture: John O’Grady

Local Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has welcomed the announcement of €2m Creative Climate Action Fund this morning from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

Deputy Dillon said, “I am delighted to see a project from Ballina be included in this funding today, This Creative Ireland initiative supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empowers citizens to make meaningful behavioural changes.”

“Out of 166 applications there were only 14 selected and this includes Ripple-This project will use a co-design process to explore how the community of Ballina can reimagine and transform their local green space through the use of water as a resource and as a means to improve climate resilience.”

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. said; “I believe that the creative community has a vital role to play in bringing the urgency of climate change to the forefront. This is why we are the first EU country to launch such a creative climate fund. These projects confirm that creative approaches to community engagement, backed up by academic science, have the imagination and impact to demonstrate that a sustainable future is possible.”

Deputy Dillon concluded  “I believe projects like these will help spark imaginations and to make tangible what ‘carbon footprints’ and ‘climate action’ really mean for individuals and communities.”

Work on all 14 Creative Climate Action projects will begin immediately and all will be completed by December 2022.

Further information on these projects is available HERE.

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