Ballina Climate Action Weekend 2023 – November 24-25
Friday November 24 and Saturday November 25
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Ballina Climate Action Weekend, now in its third year and led by Ballina – Ireland’s Greenest Town, Ballina Chamber of Commerce and the Mary Robinson Centre is a tactical weekend of meaningful climate action initiatives, aligned to and amplifying the work done at grass roots level in Ballina.
The aim of the weekend is to showcase the great climate positive work taking place in Ballina and engage a wider audience in these initiatives to build awareness, scale and momentum in Ballina’s bid to become Ireland’s Greenest Town.
This year’s Climate Action Weekend takes place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November, with support from Ballina 2023, CARO Atlantic Seaboard North and AIB.
Key priorities for this year’s programme include highlighting funding opportunities for businesses and communities, and promoting responsible consumption and production via the circular economy.
Friday, November 24th
Sustainable Solutions For Local Business & Community
Ballina Library, 10am-1pm
‘Save money for your business’: Presentations, panel discussion and Q&A
Nicola Kennedy, Mayo Local Enterprise Office: Green for Business programme
Kevin Martin, Energy Auditor, SEAI
Local business sustainability upgrade case study
Marie Galvin, PLAN Energy
Followed by Q&A
‘Funding for Community Climate Action’: Presentations, panel discussion and Q&A
Mayo County Council: Lorna Dennehy, Community Climate Action Officer – Community Climate Action Fund
SSE Renewables: Emma Kerins – North West of Ireland Community Benefit Funds
Zero Waste Pop Up Dining Experience by Chef Ronan Fox
Kennedy Glasgow House (F26 RH58), 7pm.
A pop-up dining experience by Ronan Fox, illustrating how dining can be low impact, zero waste, delicious and fun!
Saturday, November 25th - Community Climate Action
Planting a Tree for Ballina’s 2023 Generation
Tom Ruane Park, 10am
The last of Ballina’s 10,000 trees will be planted in Tom Ruane Park, dedicated to the children of Ballina born in 2023, a symbol of the nature-based legacy of Ballina 2023.
The Stables at Belleek Castle, 12pm-4pm
Ballina’s first circular economy swap shop encourages people to swap, drop off and pick up pre-loved items including football boots, Christmas jumpers, furniture, bric-a-brac, records and more, making a small donation for local charities.
Also features a Pure Clothing pop-up shop and revamp workshops.
Circular Economy Showcase
To highlight Ballina’s circular economy, Ballina Green Town, via The Mary Robinson Centre, will give away 100 €10 vouchers redeemable at agreed circular economy businesses in Ballina to end December 2023. This allows members of the public to try the circular economy at a discounted price, encouraging repair, reuse and pre-loved.
This initiative will also include a social media showcase of the circular economy businesses participating in the scheme to highlight their offering and their skills, building awareness of their services.