Úna Ryan (3yrs) from Oak Park in Carlow is pictured at the launch of the inaugural Carlow Sustainability Festival
Carlow is to lead the way in promoting environmental action and sustainable living with the announcement of the inaugural Carlow Sustainability Festival, the first of its kind in Ireland, which takes place at Delta Sensory Gardens on April 15.
Carlow Sustainability Festival is the brain-child of Dr David Ryan, an environmental scientist at Institute of Technology Carlow, who has put together a family-friendly programme of how-to events, displays and workshops around living more sustainably.
The festival is free to all attendees and tickets are available through Eventbrite.
The festival forms part of Environ 2019, Ireland's largest environmental conference, which is taking place at Institute of Technology Carlow from April 15 to 17.
Environ is the largest forum for environmental researchers in Ireland and a platform for young and experienced researchers to present their findings to an audience drawn from academia, industry, government bodies and agencies
Kicking off at 2pm at Delta Sensory Gardens, the Carlow Sustainability Festival will allow visitors to work their way through the gardens at Delta, visiting displays, engaging in fun workshops and chatting to experts in areas such as: wild garden planting; bee-keeping and wild life conservation; energy reduction; transport alternatives; eating seasonally; growing your own; recycling and composting; water harvesting and avoiding the use of plastics.
Carlow Sustainability Festival will also feature a children’s environmental awareness play area to encourage the next generation to protect our shared environment.
Speaking at the announcement of Carlow Sustainability Festival, Dr Ryan said: "Carlow Sustainability Festival will provide a unique opportunity for families, scientists, communities and the country’s leading sustainability practitioners and organisations to get together, to share ideas and to learn from each other.
"We all want to live more sustainably but can feel unsure, and even disempowered, as to what we can do at an individual level to have a positive impact on our shared environment.
"Carlow Sustainability Festival will highlight the relatively small but tangible actions that we can all take immediately in order to effect positive environmental change and in a really fun and engaging way.
"The festival is taking place on the first Monday of the Easter holidays, and is free, so we really encourage families to come along for a lovely day out."
Carlow Sustainability Festival will be complemented by a family day the day before (April 14) in An Gairdín Beo, hosted by Zero Waste Carlow.