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Convergence 14 - Press Release

Press Release
Contact: Alice Ryan 01-6745773, 0857526618

Ireland needs ‘Green New Deal’ to tackle ‘triple crunch’ of economic, energy and climate crises.
The Convergence - Sustainable Living Festival explores our options

As the new budget seeks to deal with Ireland’s economic turmoil, the solution, according to many, lies in A Green New Deal. This would see thousands of jobs created by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. A public talk on ‘A Green New Deal - Ireland in Transition’, is being held on Friday 24th April at the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar as part of the 14th Convergence Sustainable Living Festival.  The festival explores the ways and means to create sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities.

The Convergence Festival will be opened by Minister Eamon Ryan on Earth Day, Wednesday the 22nd of April, with the launch of the ‘The Powerdown Show’, Cultivate’s new series of short films about community sustainability.  This year’s festival has a packed schedule of lectures, conferences and films around the theme of ‘Making the Transition to Resilience’ in Dublin, Thurles and Cloughjordan. 

The main conference ‘Rethinking the City’, Friday 24th April, now in its sixth year, has become one of Ireland’s leading forums on urban design and planning. In Thurles on Monday the 27th a ‘Rethinking the Country’ conference will take place exploring the actions and positive changes we will need to enhance the quality of life of our rural communities. These conferences offer solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our time, including new visions for enterprise, transport, food, energy and building.

On the weekend of the 25th and 26th the Irish Transition Towns network will host its national gathering.  ‘Transition Towns’ is a new global movement that leads communities towards resilience in energy, food and economy.  Started in Kinsale, there are now over a thousand initiatives throughout the world. With a selection of International speakers, films and workshops this two-day symposium will bring together all of the Irish communities who have adopted the transition process and those who are considering it.

The final event of the week’s activities will be held at the Cloughjordan Ecovillage in North Tipperary on the 28th of April. The ecovillage is a unique and innovative project that is striving to create a fresh blueprint for modern sustainable living. Tours of the ecovillage will take place during the day and in the evening there will be a special ecumenical gathering. This event will invite different faith communities to explore why valuing community is so important in these uncertain times.

For more details see full Convergence schedule

Alice Ryan
Education Co-ordinator

Cultivate Centre
15-19 Essex Street West
Dublin 8

01-6745773  or 0857526618


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