Across Ireland, people are taking steps to make their communities more environmentally, economically and/or socially sustainable. We are gathering their success stories here to inspire and spark change across Ireland.
Have you already completed a successful sustainability project in your community? Pass on the spark by sharing your story with other communities.
We use pre-loved donated fabrics destined for recycling or landfill and turn it into beautiful functional shopping and produce bags.
Kilanerin Ballyfad Community Development Association joined the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) element of SEAI Sept, 2018. After establishing a leadership team, one of the next steps was to start raising awareness across the community about the SEC specifically and sustainability more broadly.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year….we are literally drowning in plastic!
Young people in Dublin 8 collected lunch wrappers and snacks in the evening from ONE DAY in their classrooms and projects.
They created the Plastic Snake – more than 30ft long!
Baby Market events are held nationwide with the purpose of providing a market type space for parents/carers of older children to sell on their no longer used baby, maternity and young child related items to new and expectant parents.
North Kerry Environmental Forum is a local community forum /association who are passionate about all matters relating to our environment, in particular sustainable development, biodiversity, climate change and our natural habitats, sustainable villages and towns, renewable energy resources, coastal zone management, sustainable eco travel /tourism and marine life.
We are a nonprofit social enterprise that trains those affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their neighbourhoods, empowering them with skills and a platform to tell their story.
The Biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. By encouraging our connection with nature, we aim to create the conditions by which our Community cares for the environment, while also reaping the positive effects of wellbeing by connecting with nature.
In the last 2 1/2 years more than €45,000 has been raised from sales of the first two books – The Boy who wanted a Dragon and The Return of the Dragon – almost €15,000 shared between the Blackrock Hospice and Cottage Home Child and Family Services and more than €32,500 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
The restored bog is now, not just a home to the plants of a healthy bog but also to the wildlife and insect life that now thrives undisturbed on this fenced off 20 acres of bog.
We are a community project led by 6th Class students from Greystones Educate Together Nationso School. Our aim is to make our town plastic-straw-free.
Recently in 2016, KN broadened it’s activities and in particular it set about responding to the widespread public concern about the huge damage to our environment being caused by the continuous use of harmful carbon-producing fossil fuels by establishing a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
We plan to preserve and protect our night sky and nocturnal heritage for the value of future generations. With an annual programme of outreach and educational events designed to highlight the value of our night sky heritage as well as inviting all members of the community to actively engage with astronomy, art, culture or story of the night sky.
In 2018 12% of the produce used in the cafe came from our polytunnels. With the help of GIY we plan to increse this to 20% in 2019. This will reduce the use of single use plastics and transport miles from the purchase of goods from abroad thus reducing our carbon footprint.
The Afforestation Project is a highly ambitious long-term project, aimed at mitigating climate change via carbon sequestration by the planting of trees on a large-scale.
The Edible Landscape Project (ELP) is an education and training initiative based in Westport, Co. Mayo. We provide the tools and resources to strengthen community resilience to the effects of climate change by teaching local groups how to grow and consume food in an environmentally sustainable way, using sustainable land management practices
Ballaghaderreen is set in a very rural area of County Roscommon and there are issues present like high unemployment, poverty, loneliness and mental health problems. Many young people are leaving the area. We wished to combat all of the above and setting up the garden was an obvious choice.
Some of our members from Shannon Active Retirement are involved in our local tidy towns group. We encourage all members to be conscious of their area in relation to tidiness and to be environmentally friendly everywhere.
In the past 5 years, this co-operative has retrofitted over 600 homes & community buildings with improvements to increase energy efficiency.
Drombane Upperchurch is more energy efficient than ever and boasts significantly reduced imports of oil and fossil fuels for its energy needs.
The small rural community of Mulranny, Co. Mayo has undertaken the mammoth task of attempting to bring the Old Irish Goat back from the brink of extinction.
For the past seven years, I have been setting up nest box projects in towns throughout County Mayo to help recover the population of Swifts.
We are a community owned energy cooperative representing the 3 Aran Islands. Life membership is open to all residents for €100. The cooperative is non-profit with all of the benefits going back into the community.
Our co-op was founded to develop community-owned renewable energy, supporting communities and addressing climate change in the West of Ireland.