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Convergence - Global Communities

Ideas and Technology from the South

Wed 26 May |13.30 – 16.30 | €Free | Cultivate, The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, Dublin 2 (map) | Poster (pdf)

Hosted by Irish Development Education Association and Cultivate with support from Trocaire.

Technology transfer has been traditionally focused on what the South can learn from the North yet with the coalescing of the economic, climate and energy crisis it is time we appreciated the wealth of knowledge and techniques accumulated in the South in relation to coping and adaptation strategies. Our particular focus will be cultivating reciprocal learning exchanges to build local resilience and adapt to climate change through the use of appropriate technologies and community organisation techniques.  

This event will take the form of a facilitated inquiry using a World Café format hosted by Eimear McNally, IDEA and Davie Philip, Cultivate. There will be a number of brief provocations to ignite the conversations from Cultivate, Trocaire, Trinity International Development Initiative and the Latin America Solidarity Centre.

Convergence - 15th Sustainable Living Festival


Wed. 26th May to Tues. 1st June 2010 | Cultivate, The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, Dublin 2 (map) • Tipperary Institute, Thurles • Cloughjordan Ecovillage, North Tipperary | BOOKINGS: 01 674 5773 | Save with a Full Festival Pass: €75 (No further discounts or concessions) | Covers entry to all Convergence events with the exception of the Resilience Tour (you may however have a 10% discount on the Tour)| Full Festival Brochure (pdf)  

The 15th Convergence Festival features talks, conferences, workshops and world café discussions on how urban and rural communities can adapt and thrive in these uncertain times. This festival brings together people from a wide variety of sectors to strategise on how we develop the resilience of our communities. The events explore new ideas for going 'green', demonstrating local food growing projects, and best practices in reducing our fossil energy use and carbon emissions. There will also be opportunities to learn from the global South and from innovative Irish and international initiatives. Discussions will be hosted on energy smart communities, smart grids, smart transport systems, energy efficiency, carbon reduction and community energy supply. The festival will also explore how sustainable regeneration, energy descent, the green economy, low carbon cities, and transition towns can all contribute to the development of local resilience and community based livelihoods and jobs.

Collaborators: Tipperary Institute, Carnegie Trust UK, Irish Development Education Association, RealEyes Sustainability Ltd, ESD Training Ltd., Sustainable Projects Ireland Ltd., Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland, Near 90FM, ECO-UNESCO, and Re-Dress


Read more: Convergence - 15th Sustainable Living Festival

Greening Our Communities – Introducing the Transition Model


One of our new Lunch and Learn Cultivate Networking Sessions at the Greenhouse.

With Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Town Movement

Tuesday 30 March | 12.00 - 13.30 | €15 includes a light lunch, tea and coffee | Booking 01 6745773 (Booking is essential if you want to have lunch) | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St., D2

Rob Hopkins, in a public interview with Cultivate's Davie Philip, will explore what Transition is all about. The Transition Towns model has its roots in Ireland before being further developed and refined in Totnes, UK.  Transition initiatives and network hubs have now emerged in countries around the world and 1000’s of communities are now adopting the process. The Transition process includes envisioning and action planning for how a community can transition to an energy lean, carbon constrained, and relocalised future that is green, economically viable and environmentally sustainable.  This will be followed by a café discussion and an introduction from Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Read more: Greening Our Communities – Introducing the Transition Model

Rural Community Resilience - Ten Active Learning Sessions

rural resilience.jpgAn exploration into how rural environments can adapt and thrive in these challenging times.

Mondays 8 February -12 April  | 7.30pm - 10pm | The Village, Main Street, Cloughjordan. | Course Cost: €180 (includes notes and DVD) | Cultivate Members: €150 | To book call: 01-6745773

Organised By Cultivate in association with Village Education Research and Training and Cloughjordan Transition Town

The goal of the course is to examine our vulnerability from a global and local perspective and explore how we can build local resilience to adapt to a changing world.

Read more: Rural Community Resilience - Ten Active Learning Sessions

Community Resilience - Ten Active Learning Sessions

Powerdown  22464.jpgAn exploration into how we can adapt and thrive in these challenging times

Tuesdays 16 February - 27 April | 7.30-9.30pm | Course cost: €180 / Cultivate members: €150 (includes notes and DVD) | To book call: 01 674 5773 | Cultivate at the Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

The goal of the course is to examine our vulnerability from a global and local perspective and explore how we can build community resilience to adapt to a changing world.

Read more: Community Resilience - Ten Active Learning Sessions

Transition Initiatives Explained

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Organised by Cultivate and Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland

Sunday 6th December | 16.00 - 18.30 | €10.00 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrews Street, Dublin 2

16.00 Introducing Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland

16.30 Media and Presentation by Davie Philip: 'Community Resilience'

17.00 Screening of ‘In Transition: from oil dependency to local resilience’

18.00 Discussion: 'Getting Into Transition'

Bicycle Maintenance Workshop

Bike and tools

Learn the basics of bike maintenance and repair

Sunday 22nd November 2009  | 2pm - 6pm  | €30 | 10% discount for Cultivate Members | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrews Street, Dublin 2 | Bookings: 01 674 5773  

Experts from Rothar will guide and instruct you in the basics of looking after and making small repairs to your bicycle. 

Learn how to mend punctures and keep your brakes working and pick up some useful safety tips.


The FEASTA Award for Irish Transition Initiatives

The Anne Behan Community Sustainability Award for Transition Initiatives will be presented every year by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, to the community in Ireland which, in the opinion of a panel of judges, has done most to build local resilience, economic self-reliance, to strengthen itself socially and culturally and to protect and enhance its natural environment.

For more information and application form see


Training for Transition

Sat & Sun 20th & 21st June 2009 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 086 3855333

Transition Towns Ireland and Northern Ireland Network are pleased to take bookings now for the two day “Training for Transition” course to be held on 20/21st June 2009.  Contact Alex Duffy to register now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 3855333.

Two experienced trainers from the UK, Ann Lamot and Amanda Dean, will facilitate this vital and informative training.

Follow this link for more information.

The Ennistymon Transition Initiative, Co. Clare are hosting this course and are looking after all things local, venue, accommodation, food etc.  Contact Aisling Wheeler: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 085 2752954.

The Transition Ireland Gathering - April 2009

Building the Capacity of the Irish Network

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2009 | Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm & Sun 10.30am-5pm | Cultivate Centre | €100 / €80 concessions (Includes Friday night's Green New Deal Talk) 

The aim of this gathering is to build the capacity of the Irish network, formally launch and build the content of the new web resource for the Irish Network and to meet and inform each other about where we are at in our own communities.

Presentations and workshops will be given by Pat Murphy from Community Solution (USA) and author of Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change, Rob Hopkins, the author of The Transition Handbook (by video), Colin Hines, the author of Localization: A Global Manifesto, the convener of the Green New Deal Group and director of Finance for the Future, Richard Douthwaite, author of the Ecology of Money and the Growth Illusion, Paul Allen, the outreach director of the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and the co-author of Zero Carbon Britain, and Faith Morgan, the director of the classic peak oil documentary, The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.

Read more: The Transition Ireland Gathering - April 2009

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.

Read more: Convergence 14 - Press Release

The Power of Community: From oil dependency to local resiliency

An opportunity for East Meath

April 9, 2009 | 7:30pm | Sonairte, Laytown Road | 087 235 3792 | €Free ( Includes light supper, t/c )

Short film & talk with Davie Phillips of Cultivate.

If we are going to live with less, let's have more of the things that really matter: resilient communities, vibrant neighbourhoods, being creative & healthy living.

Community Powerdown is a learning programme, developed by Cultivate, Living and Learning Centre, Dublin, to help empower people to positively respond to the global challenges we face today. The programme supports a strategic shift towards global citizenship, ecological thinking and sustainability focused at a community level. Central to this is the concept of resilience - the capability of communities to hold together, adapt and maintain their ability to function in response to change.

Sustainable Clonakilty Food Group

This new sub-committee of Sustainable Clonakilty was formed to support and encourage local food production. The group's 'Grow Your Own Food' initiative focuses on the growing of vegetables, herbs and fruit locally and according to organic and sustainable principles and a first community garden training programme has already been successfully set up in Pairc an Tobair in Rosscarbery. In order to support existing community gardening projects in Clonakilty as well as encourage new community-run, food-producing gardens to be set up, the

'Clonakilty Community Garden Awards' scheme will be presented at a public meeting on Saturday, March 28 at 2pm in O’Donovan’s Hotel.

Interested community groups and individuals are invited to attend and to participate in the initiative. Community gardens can be created and maintained by any group of local people, i.e. schools, colleges, hospitals and care facilities, residents’ associations and other community groups who come together to grow, harvest and enjoy their own produce.

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Positive Energy 2: Building Bioregional Resilience

3 – 9 October 2009 | One-Week Conference at The Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

You may have heard that we are putting on a follow-up event to lat year's Positive Energy conference here at the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage.  It will be called Positive Energy 2: Building Bioregional Resilience and it aims to carry on where PE1 left off, with a greater emphasis on communicating tangible and replicable models for sustainable community economic revitalisation.

For updates, please check on

In light of the major success of the Positive Energy 1 conference, you are strongly recommended to book early for this event, especially if you would like to be assured of accommodation in the heart of the Findhorn ecovillage where the event will be based.  Please note that there is a discount for all bookings made before July 1, 2009.

Convergence 14: Making the Transition to Resilience

Dublin * Thurles * Cloughjordan

22nd to the 28th of April 2009

Talks, conferences, workshops, World Cafés, tour, gatherings and film screenings on how we accelerate community responses to the economic downturn, resource depletion and climate change.

Events from €Free to €100 | €135 Full Festival Pass | Book online or call 01 674 5773 | Press release

Read more: Convergence 14: Making the Transition to Resilience

People power: Ryan announces incentives for micro-generation

Issued: 26 February 2009 | Statement by Eamon Ryan , Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Farmers and householders to sell excess electricity back to national grid in plan that will boost rural economy and reduce electricity costs

Energy Minister Eamon Ryan today announced measures to encourage the on-site generation of electricity in homes and farms across Ireland .

Among the measures is a guaranteed price of 19 cent per kilowatt hour of electricity produced. This competitive feed-in tariff will apply to the first 4,000 micro-generation installations countrywide over the next three years. Eligible installations include small scale wind, photovoltaic, hydro and combined heat and power.  More....

Kilkenny TT - Spring 2009 Events

March – May 2009 |

“A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

Walk your Talk - Introductory evening

Tuesday 24th March, Butler House, 7:30pm, Є10

Over the course of a month put into practice your sustainable living goals in a unique peer support group. Starting from where you are right now, reduce your carbon footprint, save money and increase your resilience. Skill sharing friendly approach with a group of 6-8 like-minded individuals and families.

Four tuesday evening gatherings plus one day trip. 30Є per individual, 50Є per family. Contact Elinor Mountain on 0868179459 for details.

Many many more events are planned!  See below...

Read more: Kilkenny TT - Spring 2009 Events

Community Powerdown Course - March 2009

Training for leadership, livelihoods and local resilience

Wednesday evenings from the 11th of March to 27th May | Cultivate Centre | 19.30 – 21.30 | €200 | Discounts for Cultivate members and those active in Transition Towns | Price includes a DVD ROM Toolkit of resources including all 10 episodes of Cultivate’s new TV Show

"Bursting with insightful analysis and creative solutions to the twin challenge of climate change and peak oil, The Powerdown Course is an inspirational pointer to life beyond fossil fuels. Essential learning – a flash of light in the darkness." - Rob Hopkins founder of the Transition Movement

Community Powerdown is a learning programme, developed by Cultivate, to help empower people to positively respond to the global challenges we face today. The programme supports a strategic shift towards global citizenship, ecological thinking and sustainability focused at a community level. Central to this is the concept of resilience - the capability of communities to hold together, adapt and maintain their ability to function in response to change.

Read more: Community Powerdown Course - March 2009

Tralee Transition Town Meeting Schedule

A Chairde,

Our group from the greater Tralee area plans the following meetings:

Wednesday 25th February | COMMUNITY | Fels Point Hotel 8pm

Wednesday 25th March | SYSTEMS | Fels Point Hotel 8pm

Wednesday 29th April | ENERGY | Fels Point Hotel 8pm

Wednesday 27th May | TRANSPORT | Fels Point Hotel 8pm

These sessions are co- hosted by Kerry County Council and North and East Kerry Development.

More information on the above is available from Micheal O Coileain: 066 7162017 | Seamus O Hara: 066 7180190

Transition Derry - Feb 2009

Transition Derry (ning link) (and Journal site

Transition Derry is part of a growing worldwide initiative which aims to build community resilience in the face of the challenges of peak oil and climate change. 

The Beginnings

November 2008 | Slow Walk | Lios na Gra Woods

Need an antidote to your usual hectic pace?

Transition Derry invited families to a slow walk in an ancient woodland.  Led by local man Dessie Mc Callion, this was a chance to learn about food sources in a lovely Autumn woodland or just to wander, wonder and chat.

Read more: Transition Derry - Feb 2009

Transition Derry Open Forum

Transition Derry (ning link) (and Journal site

Saturday 28th March 2009 | Belmont Playtrail Eco-House | 1pm – 4pm

The first Transition Cafe will be a chance for everyone interested in dealing with the effects of Climate Change, Peak Oil and Economic Breakdown to get together; ask questions; explore options; come up with proposals and actions; or just have a cup of tea and a piece of cake; take a wander around the Playtrail; chat with like-minded people.

Following on from our first Vegetable Growers' Support Group there will also be a seed and seedlings swap. Bring along your extras.

All welcome.

Kildare TT - Feb 09 Update

Kildare Transition Town was officially recognised on July 22nd 2008.

A little over a year ago 2 locals to Kildare Town joined Fada, Newbridge and became involved in Transition. In May 2008, along with 3 other Fada members, they completed transition training. The introductory transition event for Kildare Town was a world cafe in June, supported by Fada. The feedback was very positive and a follow up meeting was arranged. From that we gathered a dedicated core group in touch with the issues and in agreement on the transition required.

Our first official event was an open night in October attended by Trevor Sargent T.D.Minister of State for Food and Horticulture. There was a great turn out - about 60 people. The local press and radio were very supportive - they advertised it well and included a great follow up report. Needless to say food and allotments were discussed a lot and our plan is to carry out a feasability study for allotments. There are many green fingers in Kildare just itching to grow.

In November we had our peak oil information evening with Brian Kaller. He enlightened many people to the facts on peak oil. Thank you so much to Brian for an interesting, informative evening.

We plan further training and some local food growing to kick off 2009.

You can contact Kildare Transition Town at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Theresa at 086 1590529

Kildare TT - March 09 Update

Kildare Transition Town

Blessings to everyone!!

Isn’t it’s great to feel the first rays of sun on our skin! The perfect time to begin new adventures, plant little seeds and welcome you to the first edition of KTT’s newsletter. This newsletter will track the progress of Kildare Transition Town’s, keep you up to date on group meetings and advertise upcoming events and workshops.  

In February we experienced the successful workshop on ‘Growing your own’ run by our very own Kevin. The workshop was part of the festivities for Feile Bride and everybody enjoyed the day. One lady was even inspired to start her own Transition Initiative in Tallaght! Well done to Kevin.

In March KTT began to work with the youths in KYS raising awareness on food growing and using sustainable containers in the planting process we are hoping this is the start of a beautiful relationship!! We also hope to network and connect with other existing groups in the year ahead.


Read more: Kildare TT - March 09 Update

Welcome to Transition Town Tramore T3

It seems like it all happened long before it did. As it happens it began during the summer of 2008.  Some like minds came together inspired by the Transition Towns movement and the urgency to move on issues such as food and energy security and not least global warming.  We have approximately eighteen transition members with a central steering core. The group has had several successful events since we formed.  The following are what we have achieved to date.

Back to the Future | A heritage week 2008 event | 26-8-2008

This event was our visioning tour. We invited people to walk with us around Tramore with ‘Time Travel’ glasses to envision sustainable initiatives that had been set up in our Town in the year 2030.  These initiatives  included a 3 Megawatt wind turbine, an Eco Innovation Park, a community allotment/hydroponic growing area and a large indoor market to name a few. 


Read more: Welcome to Transition Town Tramore T3

Clonmel TT - 2008 News

A steering group of five people got together to begin the awareness raising process in May. We started with the screening of  'The End of Suburbia' and 'The Power of Community' and followed up with a series of lunch-time workshop dialogues/presentations on related issues over June and early July: Climate Change Café; Peak Oil Peak Everything; Change Thinking; and Transition Towns. A workshop with 30 teenagers on the Story of Stuff was held in July. One of the steering group attended Transition Training in May. Autumn events were screenings of 'What a Way to Go -Life at the End of the Empire' and ‘Crude Awakening’; with lunchbox events on The Story of Stuff; Becoming Resilient; Local Food Security; and Urban Biodiversity. Concurrently, Newcastle village near Clonmel held some initial awareness-raising events. Coming into the winter we designed an information pamphlet to distribute at events etc. In October one of the group attended the Community Powerdown course in Cultivate.

Read more: Clonmel TT - 2008 News

Aughrim Community Garden

Contact: Anita Davis | 086-8845624 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In January 2009 a community garden was born!

Community gardens encourage and teach everyone interested in growing food organically, provide the space and land to do so in a way that enhances local community spirit.  Get those gardening gloves on and join into a blossoming project in Aughrim which will benefit your health, wealth and future!

It could be the recession that is prompting increasing numbers to grow their own fruit and veg, or it could be a fashionable trend, the point seems to be that it is definitely on the increase and many eager novices are scrambling for allotments or joining community gardening projects, or just growing food in their own pots, window-sills, back-yards and gardens.  The lack of allotments in Dublin prompted one group to set up a garden on a disused site beside the canal in Dolphins Barn calling it “South Circular Road Community Food Garden” with some 40 people working and sharing the harvest.

Read more: Aughrim Community Garden

Fada Update - February 2009

FADA began about three years ago, around the same time that the Transition Town movement was beginning in Kinsale, and our projects have affected our region in many ways. We have organised community festivals; given numerous talks on issues like peak oil and climate change; persuaded the head of a major industry to switch to solar power and bio-fuels; hosted talks on oil, economy and ecology by experts and television personalities; created allotments and gardening teams; and given numerous interviews for local media.

This year we have continued to have a weekly column in the Kildare Nationalist, perhaps the world's only regular newspaper column on how to deal with peak oil and climate change. The column deals with a wide variety of issues: how to preserve food, make sprouts, find edible wild food, make yogurt and sourdough, conserve power and build community. Sometimes columns have dealt with more timely issues, either to promote FADA events or to comment on recent news reports like December's IEA report. 

In December 2007, FADA organised a number of Christmas cooking courses with Newbridge Chef William Crowley, showing local people how to make great meals using seasonal vegetables. In January of this year, three FADA members spoke to students at Feile Bridhe Primary School about our organisation and the work it does.

Read more: Fada Update - February 2009

Redburn and Loughview join the growing quest for local food



On a dark and cold January evening last week, 75 Redburn and Loughview residents of all ages, community workers and representatives of Holywood Transition Town turned out to a lively discussion on gardening and growing local food in the area.

The event was kicked off by Austin Herron of Eden Allotments in Carrickfergus (1) who described the excellent support of Carrickfergus Borough Council from the off. Friendship and camaraderie across the generations had grown as vigorously as the fruit and vegetables. They had been so successful that 36 plots have blossomed into 98. A further wholly organic area is being set up to satisfy the burgeoning waiting list of 68 and the Council is investigating yet further sites.

Miriam Turley from Eglantine Community Gardens in South Belfast told us how her scheme was run by keen local volunteer gardeners. It had grown from a dilapidated and rubbish strewn wasteland into a beautiful urban oasis where children play and which older citizens are able to share and enjoy. 

Read more: Redburn and Loughview join the growing quest for local food

Hemp Plastering Class with Steve Allin

Saturday 14th March 2009 | 9.30am-5.00pm| €90 inc lunch | K.A.T. Gortagowan, Sneem, Co Kerry | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 064 6641747

Hemp building are pleased to announce the date for the next hemp plastering class, The days activities will include the theory as to why to use this material, mixing, application and finishes.

Please bring work clothes and strong rubber gloves.

Fire Sammy Wilson Petition

Put your name to our signature by clicking here.

The NI Green Party has set up an on-line petition calling for removal of Environment Minister Sammy Wilson because of his refusal to recognize climate change and for bringing the people and government of Northern Ireland into international disrepute and threatening to damage our ability to attract inward investment.

Put your name to our signature by clicking on:

Green Party European Election candidate for Northern Ireland Steven Agnew said: “This is an opportunity for the people of Northern Ireland to let the First and Deputy First Minister know that Sammy Wilson is no longer viewed as capable to run the Department of the Environment, because of his refusal to recognize man made climate change.”

Please sign our petition and support our campaign.

Learn to Grow Your Own Food & Other Skills

Carraig Dulra , Glenealy, Co Wicklow

Do you want to learn how to grow food for your family?  Gardening, even in a small patch or a window box, saves money, gives you access to fresher, healthier food, connects you with nature, and eases the burdeon on the environment from our food production and distribution systems. 
For those new to gardening, we have a one-day course Organic Food Growing for the Complete Beginner, next week on Saturday 21st February (also offered 3 other dates later in the year).   For more information or to book (90), click here or ring The Organic Centre (071) 985 4338.

Or if you'd like to get more in-depth experience, our practical Complete Organic Garden course runs one day a month, following the garden through the seasons.  The first session is this coming Wednesday, 18th February.   You can book as many or as few sessions as you like.  The cost is 90 for one session, with significant discounts if you take 5 sessions (375) or all 10 sessions (720).  Organic Centre Friends get a further 10% discount, and The Organic Centre have also agreed to allow payment by instalment for those who might have difficulty paying for a block of sessions all at once.  For more details, click here or ring The Organic Centre (071) 985 4338.

See website for other sustainable skills courses coming up at Carraig Dulra such as Beekeeping, Bushcraft, Alternative Energy, etc. 

Open/Volunteer Day and Swap meet: Saturday 28th Feb

Climate Change: A threat to equality ? implications for the Community Sector

Community Workers Co-operative | Free but numbers strictly limited | Prior booking essential: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Community Workers’ Co-operative, First Floor, Unit 4, Tuam Road Centre, Tuam Road, Galway | Phone 091 779030 on or before 20th February

The CWC has initiated a project to produce a Strategy Guide on Climate Change for community and voluntary organisations to support and encourage them to respond to climate change. Tadhg O’Mahony and Aodhán MacPháidín, who are highly qualified in this area, are leading the project on behalf of CWC. To inform this work, participative workshops will be held in three regional locations. Using the scenarios approach to look into the future, these workshops will allow participants to become aware of the issues that may arise for them and decide how they could respond given their own capacity and needs. Regional workshops will be held on the following dates from 12pm to 4pm (to facilitate those travelling):

March 6th, 2009 – Cork Volunteer Centre, 2a Coburg St, Cork

March 13th, 2009 – Menlo Park Hotel, Headford Road, Galway

March 20th, 2009 – Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, D1 

The sector is gearing up in other countries to respond to the issue. This is the opportunity for you and yourcommunity to become involved. The future starts here.

Read more: Climate Change: A threat to equality ? implications for the Community Sector

FREE Powerdown Course in Wicklow

Starts Tuesday 24th Feb | Booking via An Tairseach | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 0404 61833 | Free: Please send a short paragraph stating why you want to do the course and your commitment to attend the full 6 sessions.

In association with The Wicklow Transition Initiative, An Tairseach, The Cultivate Centre and Carraig Dulra, the Powerdown Course is coming to Wicklow. Powerdown was inspired by the International Transition Movement which started in Kinsale, but has now been given further impetus due to the challenges of the current economic context. The course helps participants to vision a positive future for Wicklow that is within our grasp.

If you are interested in attending this FREE course, please contact us asap. 

A poster is available for download here. Please circulate or put up on your notice board.

Read more: FREE Powerdown Course in Wicklow

Inishowen TT

TRANSITION INISHOWEN INITIATIVE welcomes you to 3 film screenings looking at how we can make positive change towards living more sustainabliy.  We hope to respond to these changing times with supporting more in the locality while we move towards self-reliance.

The Transition Movement is growing fast in Ireland and the UK as well as USA, Australia and New Zealand. It is a grassroots initiative which began with permaculture students in Kinsale Co. Cork in 2005.  More info at

This is a great opportunity not to be missed.  Please let others know about these events.  Looking forward to seeing you soon. (Click on 'Read more' below)

Read more: Inishowen TT

15 Environmental Groups Oppose Bus Cuts

20 January 2009

15 environmental groups have called for the reversal in cuts in Dublin public transport

‘Both Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus have begun a downward spiral that will make our car dependency even worse. This is against every environmental and sustainable principle’, the groups claim.

Friends of the Irish Environment said that environmental groups had come together because the decision signaled that urban transport was ‘going the wrong way.’

These cuts make any moves to limit private transport in the city even more remote than they are now. Ireland’s transport emissions are the fastest growing source of our greenhouse gases. ‘

Realistic public transport systems in a major urban areas like Dublin must not be run down for short sighted economies.

Read more: 15 Environmental Groups Oppose Bus Cuts

Placing a gigantic one-way bet against the planet

Published 15 January 2009 in the Irish Times (Read full article) 

Cuba is an object lesson in a different way to tackle shortages and slumps while remaining independent, writes John Gibbons

THOMAS LICCARDI could have been New York’s answer to Eddie Hobbs. An accountant by trade, and cautious to a fault, some years back he noticed one of his clients was earning 25 per cent on investments. “It sounded much too good to be true,” said Liccardi.

Although sceptical, he agreed to visit the financial wizard producing these returns. “He impressed me very much, and there were banks of computers and people all over the place,” said Liccardi. He invested – and promptly lost – his life savings, as Bernard Madoff’s elaborate Ponzi scheme unravelled with losses running into billions.

This is one tiny vignette in an unfolding financial crux whose magnitude and depth is still impossible to gauge. This crisis in turn is but one of “five tectonic stresses which are accumulating deep beneath the surfaces of our societies”, Thomas Homer-Dixon wrote in The Upside of Down, which was published three years ago, well ahead of the current crunch.

The other four are: population stresses; energy stress as peak oil approaches; environmental stresses from pollution and resource exhaustion; and climate stress from global warming.

Read more... 

Global Green Christmas Party

Brought to you by the Dublin Cycling Campaign, Cultivate, Dublin Messengers and Stop Climate Chaos

Thursday 18 December 2008 | 7pm til late | The POD • Harcourt St • Dublin 2 | Films, food & djs - all for €10 |  Tickets: Book Online

The climate is changing. Ride your bike!

This event builds on the successful bicycle Christmas parties held over the last two years in POD.  The evening will include lovely, tasty, healthy food and films, DJs and prizes for the most festively dressed bicycles and cyclists on the night.  The party is a great opportunity to relax, eat, drink, chat and dance with fellow campaigners and others working in the area of sustainability.

Two episodes of Cultivate’s ‘Powerdown Show’ will kick off the night. This is a series of 10 twenty-minute programmes that aim to inform us on the context and responses to climate and energy uncertainty. 

19.30 - The Challenges Ahead
19.50 - Getting Around (featuring members of the Dublin Cycling Campaign)


Have Yourself a Sustainable Kind of Christmas

Presented by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust in association with Cultivate Centre

Saturday 13th December | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | Cultivate, West Essex St, Old City, Temple Bar | Booking Essential: 01 677 2255

Speaker, Declan McCormac from CODEMA, will discuss saving electricity with decorations; eco presents; socially aware presents; social inclusion such as charity work, what to do with left-over Christmas-wrap/food/extra presents; disposal of Christmas tree; a sustainable forest tree (certified); making your own decorations; finances at Christmas, shopping locally for presents and sourcing local food for your Christmas feast.

Also check out Cultivate’s Christmas Gift Display featuring a wide range of sustainable and educational gifts available through the Centre.

Wicklow TT

Friday 28 November | 12.30 p.m. | Dominican Ecology Centre


You are invited to meet the Minister, hear his views on the issues facing us at this time and think about how we might address them together. If you know someone who would like to contribute and become involved please feel free to bring them along . What could be more rewarding than building a better future for our children and grand-children?.

R.S.V.P.  MsAideen Klauer: e-mail.address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Kinsale TT - Feb 2009

Transition Times - February 2009

Vicky Heslop, the president of the Irish Bio-Energy Association was the guest at a January meeting in the Trident Hotel, to help us understand if Kinsale is a viable town in which to establish a community anaerobic digester, turning waste into fertiliser and gas/electricity. The resulting energy could be used to power a leisure centre, a hospital, or school; and residents and farmers would have access to high quality fertiliser. All of which is done with huge reductions in transport and waste management costs.   
The conclusion that emerged is ‘Yes’. Kinsale is an ideal place to do this, and Vicky explained schemes in Europe and elsewhere in Ireland where digesters are already doing good things. It could even make the town smell nicer!
What is required now is a site, a group of local farmers and businesses who want to save, and possibly even make some money, a town and county council prepared to support such a voluntary initiative, and some professional project management skills.

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Environmental Transitions: Events for Blessington and West Wicklow

Events are held at Blessington Library

18th to 29th of November | Power Down Exhibition:  Explores the ten themes of the growing Transition Town Movement

Included in the exhibit is the ‘Climate Warning’ animation that was especially developed by Irish artist Ben MacDonald to highlight our behaviour on the environment.

27th and 28th of November | Workshops on waste for schools featuring a waste game developed by ESB Communications.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) and The Powerdown Show are available to watch during opening hours. Please ask staff at the counter if you would like to watch.

‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)’

This documentary film explores the economic collapse and eventual recovery of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Following the dramatic steps taken by both the Cuban government and citizens, its major themes include urban agriculture, energy independence and sustainability. The film was directed by Faith Morgan, and co produced by our main speaker, Megan Quinn

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About Cultivate's Community Powerdown Course

Brian Dillon, from Future Proof Kilkenny, attended Cultivate's Community Powerdown intensive weekend  held in October 2008 and gives a summary on Kilkenny's blog.  Have a peak!

Brian writes: "The community powerdown course is to be highly recommended and a great foundation for anyone wishing to incorporate sustainability thinking into their professional and/or private lives. Inspired by the content and the delivery, Future Proof Kilkenny, in co-operation with Cultivate hope to offer this course in Kilkenny City sometime in 2009."

Bandon Transition Initiative - LETS & Other News

Meetings: Last Monday of the month | 8pm | Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon

The October 27 meeting will focus on establishing a LETS in Bandon.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 023 52922 for further details.

The Food Group has had a busy 2008, undertaking a number of local food growing projects including the Bandon Apple Tree project which supplied native apple trees from Seedsavers to urban households to create a unique type of community orchard. The Bandon Community gardens seeded a new community garden and school garden and four other existing food projects are participating in the Bandon community garden awards which are at present being judged. The award for best community garden in Bandon will be presented in October.

The Food Group is also currently looking into establishing food growing allotments in Bandon for 2009.

The Transport Group is developing a cycling project proposal to provide bike shelters and cycling routes for residents of Bandon town and environs.

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Afri Event: Hedge School 2008

Pipelines and Profits: People Under Pressure

A unique blend of conversation, debate, music, art, film, fun and food!

From 24th to 26th October
Film screening Friday 24th at 8.30pm
Conference sessions Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th
Registration 9.15am Saturday
Glenamoy Community Centre, Erris, Co Mayo

Further information available soon. |

Kilkenny TT - 2008 RoundUp

positive vision of Kilkenny

Ongoing in Kilkenny | Bookings: Phone/Text: 087 7682912 / 056 4440593 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It was a busy and fruitful 2008!

We began with a series of film screenings in and around Kilkenny. At the time oil prices were on an upward trend so there was a lot of concern about the cost of fuel and interest in peak oil was, well, reaching a peak! The screenings were well attended and were followed with workshops and discussions that gave the message that we were more than just a film club but were attempting to start looking at what we can do locally to prepare for life beyond oil.

Next up was a co-hosted seminar with the Carlow Kilkenny Renewable Energy Agency called “Housing, Planning & Urban design for a Sustainable Future”. Daniel Lerch from the Post Carbon Institute gave the keynote presentation to a room full of planners, developers, local authority representatives, green energy providers and concerned citizens. In a clear and precise presentation and drawing heavily on his excellent guidebook for local governments, Post Carbon Cities, he set out what steps can be taken to plan and prepare for energy and climate uncertainty.

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Sustainability Makeover and Other Prizes

With €20,000 worth of eco-friendly prizes to be won, isn't it time you made a Change?

Change, the national climate change awareness campaign, and the Last Word on Today FM are looking for five willing contestants who will allow them into your lives and homes, as they help you to reduce your carbon footprint over a nine month period.  

Read more and find the entry form at:

Skilling Up for Powerdown: Training the Trainers Course

A weekend training intensive: Friday to Sunday 14th - 16th November | Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin | €350 Including light lunches on weekend and a DVD ROM: ‘Powerdown Toolkit’ of learning recourses | Bookings 01 6745773 | Fri 19.30 - 22.00 / Sat 9.30 - 18.00 / Sun 10.30 - 16.30

People who wish  to be trained as facilitators of this course and to deliver this course in their own community will need to have completed a 10-week Powerdown course, study circle, or weekend intensive .

Kildare Transition Town Free Open Evening

Thursday October 9th | 8pm | Aras Brid parish centre | Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Theresa at 086 159052

Would you like to see local allotments, community gardens, support local business, generate employment in our community, reduce our carbon footprint, localise renewable energy supply, live in a resilient community?

Recession. Know reasons. Hear some answers. Be a part of the solution

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Midleton TT - Ongoing Update  

Oil Vulnerability Auditing for Businesses 


Wednesday 26th November 2008 | 10 am | Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton | €35 | Booking Essential: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Grace 087 13 64 110

What no business can ignore:  Oil is a finite resource.  (more below and on website)

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Global Glacier Changes - EPA Climate Lecture

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to the large number of requests for more lectures following the earlier series, will host another Climate Change lecture...

Tuesday, 21st October 2008 | 7.00 pm | Mansion House, Dublin 

The speaker will be Dr Wilfried Haeberli, director of the World Glacier Monitoring Service which is based in Geneva.  He will speak on recent trends in global glacier changes. 

Dr Wilfried Haeberli, Director of the UNEP World Glacier Monitoring Service will outline the findings from the recently published UNEP report on Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures. This report presents information on the latest fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlies the overall trend of glaciers retreat.  The report confirms that the average annual melting rate of glaciers appears to have doubled after the turn of the millennium with record losses in 2006 for a key network of reference sites.  Dr Haeberli will outline the significance of recent trends in ice retreat in terms of impacts on the environment, human health, natural hazards, water and energy supply.

To book your (free) place, please email your contact details (name, organisation, phone number, email address) to Clara Clark, Clara Clark Event Management Ltd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Climate Change 21 Oct in the subject line.

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