Environment group to host top climate change speakers

Headford Environment Group is to host some of the country’s most well-known speakers on the subject of climate change on April 16.

The group has been busy working on the project, which aims to highlight the issue of climate change, with particular reference to the west of Ireland. Group member Venetia McEllin says the aim of the event is to attract locals so they will learn more about the issue. "Local people, not just academics, can come and listen to what our scientists have to say and find out less reported facts, such as the effects on our biodiversity. We also aim to highlight what we can do about climate change as individuals and as a community. We hope to finish the afternoon by inviting some local people to tell us what they are doing in their own lives to combat climate change or create a sustainable lifestyle, and share their ideas with us."

Speakers include Prof John Sweeney, who will give a global overview and predictions regarding the west of Ireland; John Gibbons, who will talk on the political commitment to addressing climate change; and Anja Murray discussing the effects of climate change on biodiversity.

Entitled Climate Change and the West of Ireland, Global Perspectives - Local Solutions, the conference will aim to connect with farmers, homemakers, young people and the elderly - basically anyone who wants to find out what we can expect to happen to our climate. The event will run from 10.30am until 4pm and will be held in St Fursa’s Hall, Headford (opposite Joyce’s ) on April 16. More details can be found on the Headford Environment Group's Facebook page and on the event page - Climate Change and the West of Ireland. The event is free, but to get an idea of numbers people are asked to sign up in advance if possible.

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