What is the National Dialogue on Climate Action?
The National Dialogue on Climate Action is a Government of Ireland initiative led by the Department of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency. It aims to build awareness, engagement and motivation to act in relation to the challenges presented by climate change. It will involve the creation of structures, information flows and events to facilitate discussion and deliberation on responses to climate change challenges, as well as enabling and empowering action at local, regional and national levels.
What initiatives are included in the National Dialogue?
There are a number of existing and planned initiatives included under the umbrella of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, including regional and local gatherings, the DCCAE-sponsored An Taisce Green Schools Climate Ambassador programme, the EPA climate lecture series, and the Tidy Towns Climate Action award. Further initiatives will be rolled out in the future.
What are the Regional Gatherings?
The Regional Gathering in Athlone on 23rd June is the first in a series of regional and local meetings which will be held across Ireland as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action to generate awareness, engagement and a motivation to act, through developing ideas and structures for engagement by individuals and communities in a way which is relevant to each region and county. It is envisaged that further Regional Gathering events will take place for different regions later in 2018. Further information on the first Regional Gathering is available at https://www.dccae.gov.ie/climatedialogue
Who can participate in the Regional Gatherings?
This first Regional Gathering is targeted at individuals and community organisations from the following counties: Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford, Roscommon, and Leitrim (i.e. the Northern half of the Eastern and Midlands Region according to the geography of the Climate Action Regional Offices).
How do I sign up to attend?
The Regional Gathering is a free, ticketed event and people were asked to register their interest in attending by completing an online form.
Can I attend with my family?
For registered participants, the event took the form of a collaborative, creative workshop from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. There was a Drop-In Zone and members of the public were welcome to call into this space. You did not have to register for a ticket for this Drop-in Zone. Simply call in at a time that suits you between the hours of 11.00 am and 4.00pm. This zone comprised of information hubs linked to themes including energy, waste and food. It allowed visitors to learn more, meet like-minded people, and exchange ideas for action.
Where is the Drop-in Zone?
The first Drop-in Zone was 11am – 4pm, Saturday 23rd June 2018 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. This zone comprised of information hubs linked to themes including energy, waste and food. It allowed visitors to learn more, meet like-minded people, and exchange ideas for action. If you can't join us on the day, take part in discussion social media using our hashtag #climatedialogueIRL.
Why should I participate?
The Regional Gathering is an opportunity for you to have your say on what you think are the major climate issues facing Ireland, and to share ideas with people from your region on how we can work together to raise awareness, unlock opportunities, build resilience, and inspire action.
What will the structure of the day be?
The day will consist of a series of collaborative workshops, between 11am and 4pm, with lunch and refreshments provided. In a creative workshop format, participants will be invited to share hopes, concerns, experiences and ideas in relation to climate action. The workshops will be interspersed with short talks from expert speakers involved with climate action at research, policy and community levels.
It’s a long day, do I need to stay for the whole session?
To get the most out of the day, and to allow for some in-depth discussions, it would be great if you could stay for the whole session. If you cannot attend for the full day, you would still be very welcome to visit our Drop-in-Zone and to take part discussion via social media using our dedicated hashtag #climatedialogueIRL.
Do I need to be an expert to attend?
This event is open to everyone from the region, and no prior or specific knowledge of climate change or climate action is required to participate.
I registered interest in attending but was informed that I am not being issued a ticket. Why is this the case?
We hope to include everyone who has registered their interest in attending the first Regional Gathering, however due to venue capacity and our interest in ensuring a diversity of voices from across the region, we may not be able to accommodate all expressions of interest. Those unable to attend the full event are also welcome to visit our Drop-in-Zone and people can also engage in conversation via social media, using our dedicated hashtag #climatedialogueIRL.
Where can I find more information on the science of climate change?
The website of the Environmental Protection Agency hosts a rich set of resources on the causes and impacts of climate change and the implications for Ireland. Ireland is addressing climate change through the National Mitigation Plan and the National Adaptation Framework.
Who can I contact if I’ve any more questions?
Please contact us at NDCA@dccae.gov.ie