The Drop in Zone at the Regional Gathering in Athlone had information hubs on themes of climate action including energy, waste, environment, transport, food and community collaboration. It allowed visitors to learn more, meet like-minded people, and exchange ideas for action. Some of the organisations in the Drop-In-Zone, included:
- Voice Ireland - who had their 'recycling ambassador' on hand to answer any of your questions about what household waste can and can't be recycled through our recycling services.
- Change X - were there to share their range of proven templates for community initiatives linked to sustainable living.
- Eco-Unesco - were discussing and promoting their Young Environmentalist Award which sees teenagers working together on projects to provide solutions to local and global environmental challenges.
- Irish Farmer's Association 'Smart Farming' initiative – shared ideas on how farmers can reduce costs through better resource management, including feed, grassland, water and energy use.
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland –were available to chat about their grants that can support people to carry out home energy efficiency upgrades for their homes. They'll also have information on their Sustainable Energy Communities program.
- EPA - had representatives from their Stop Food Waste campaign to share ideas on how you can reduce your waste at home, and from their Live Green campaign which has lots of tips on how households and communities can take practical action - and the financial supports and guidance that's out there to help them act.
- An Taisce Education Unit – were present to outline the work they are doing in relation to climate action, education and sustainability.