The first in a series of regional and local meetings to be held across Ireland will take place in Athlone on Saturday June 23rd.

This is a free ticketed workshop event aimed at a wide range of groups and individuals from across Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Offaly. It is a Government of Ireland initiative through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, in engaging people in collaborative action.

Registration for this event is open to over 18s only.

When: 11am – 4pm, Saturday 23rd June 2018

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

The workshop will engage people in:

Inspiring a shared purpose: Through better understanding of the big issues and identifying some key principles on what a better future could look like.
Exchanging ideas: Harnessing what exists and connecting the dots to unlock opportunities for action that individuals, public, private and community sectors can collaborate upon.
Shaping the process: For future regional and local events under the National Dialogue on Climate Action, exploring how to engage and mobilise people in the process.

Speakers at the event will include:

Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten TD will present on national policy and Irelands response to the climate challenge.

Senior Lecturer at Maynooth University, Conor Murphy will discuss the science behind climate change.

Senior researcher at University College Cork, Margaret Desmond will discuss how you may experience and adapt to climate change.

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to establishing a National Dialogue on Climate Action (NDCA). This will also subsume the role envisaged for the National Energy Forum, which is a key action of the Energy White Paper. Given the long term nature of climate action, much still needs to be settled in terms of long-term policy direction and, in this context, a national dialogue is timely and will be a useful tool to engage people with the challenge of climate change; motivate changes in behaviour; and create structures at local, regional and national levels to support the generation of ideas and their translation into appropriate cost-effective actions.

The objectives of the National Dialogue on Climate Action are to:

Create awareness, engagement and motivation to act (locally, regionally and nationally) in relation to the challenges presented by climate change;
Create structures and information flows to facilitate people gathering to discuss, deliberate and maximise consensus on appropriate responses to these challenges, and to enable and empower appropriate action;
Establish, on a long term basis, appropriate networks for people to meet periodically to consider evidence-based inputs on the economic, social, behavioural, environmental and public aspects of climate and energy policy;
Provide regular input, through the NDCA, into the prioritisation and implementation of climate and energy policy which can be reported and monitored at local/regional/national levels.
The NDCA will run initially for a period of two years with administrative support to be provided from a secretariat within the EPA.

Find out more and register to attend this free event here.

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