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The Blue & Green Network is engaged in several projects that address environment, biodiversity and sustainable energy issues.

Some have been successfully completed, others are underway and all involve local communities wherever possible.

Read about them here – and contact us if you’d like to get involved.

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Pathways: Building Community Resilience to Climate Change

A creative project aiming to increase community involvement in addressing rising sea levels and coordinating responses to flooding.
The Creative Climate Action Fund is an initiative from Creative Ireland Programme, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media in collaboration with the Department of the Taoiseach.
The Creative Climate Action ‘Spark’ grants are funding 24 projects that pilot new ideas for public engagement at a local, community level. These projects will be completed by the end of 2024.
Youghal Blue and Green Community Networks project ‘Pathways’ is one of the 24 projects chosen.

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The Spring Chickens Older People’s Club welcomed artist Jackie Nevin and Climate Community Worker Mark Falvey  yesterday for a fun and informative workshop as part of the Pathways: Community Climate Resilience project.

Img 3301 The group members shared their knowledge and experience of flooding and were very articulate about what’s needed to form an effective response to flooding in Youghal. This was achieved through art work – using inks and paper, creating a seascape which will form part of the final exhibition (more on that next time!) 

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Conversations also led to tangible ideas for group activities during Climate Action Week in October, and exploration of what biodiversity means in daily life.

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Upcoming

Next Monday artist Jackie Nevin will deliver a full-day workshop with members of the Spring Chickens Older People’s Social Club. Hearing the voices and experience of the older generation is vital in looking to the future as we work towards community resilience in floods and rising sea levels.

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Progress to date

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Last night’s Pathways Talkshop with Emergency Services went super well. The reduced number of 12 participants really helped make it a quality, insightful experience. We better understood more the reality of the emergency services’ experiences during flooding, how they co-ordinate, the role community might have in helping vulnerable people prepare for flooding and checking in on them during flooding. There was a lot more and some issues like difficulties with sandbags arose again.

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It’s not just the emergency response during a flooding event: being resilient means we need to be able to respond to climate change and flooding before it happens, and try and lessen the impacts. We have been learning about the different stages of a resilience plan, such as prevention and discussing what can a community do at all stages. Doing this in a creative way, on the beach, makes the conversations a lot more fun!

This is part of our ‘Pathways to Community Climate Resilience’ project, funded by the Creative Ireland Programme and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC).

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The second Walk-shop took place on Sunday 18th February, 2024

17 people attended this Walkshop, and despite the large size of the group, all voices were heard and great information was shared.

Artists Veronica and Daniel felt that facilitating these smaller groups allowed for more engagement and participation and retained focus and attention. The complex information regarding stages of a Community Resilience Plan was effectively communicated and interest in what resilience means practically, with the different elements of resilience planning and their interdependency was addressed with a light and creative touch. People enjoyed making the Resilience Mandala.

Suggestions for possible community actions for resilience before and after flooding events emerged. People with experience of flooding shared their experiences which added depth and reality to the conversations. The presence of a mix of ages was welcomed, particularly by the older generation.

Overall, the Walkshop helped develop positivity, cooperation and a ‘we can do it’ attitude amongst members of the Network and recognition of the Network’s strengths and possibilities. The visibility of the workshop, and engagement with passersby, helped publicise the project and work of the Blue & Green Network

Some group interests were identified – for intergenerational work on the Resilience Plan and in response to flooding and to connect with other communities and groups in the same situation of having been flooded.

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Maria Power, Chairperson of the Network, explains: “Rising sea levels and frequent storms are making Youghal more vulnerable to flooding. We will be using this grant to bring people together to find solutions that can be achieved at a community level.”

The project is underway and takes a creative approach. Veronica Santorum, one of three artists working on the project says, “Flooding and climate change are challenging issues to face up to and talk about. Working with artists and taking a creative approach can make the conversations easier and stimulate new ideas. Discussions are more relaxed on walks, art workshops and over a cup of tea.”

The first walks have already revealed gaps in how information about imminent flooding is shared, the lack of a designated safe place in Youghal to go if flooded, the need for co-ordination during a flooding event and the need for supports after flooding, for the clean-up and to help people through the emotional impacts. As part of their research, Network members will visit the emergency services and learn about their experiences dealing with flooding emergencies and how the community might support them. They are also researching what is being done to prevent flooding.

Art workshops, open to all, begin in May. Non-artists are welcome. On these workshops, people will have opportunity to consider the issues and offer their insights in a relaxed setting. The art created will be a mixture of textile, sound and sculpture that captures the ideas generated on the project. It will be exhibited in town in September 2024. All these conversations and ideas will feed into a Community Climate Resilience Plan for Youghal.

To find out more and get involved contact Gráinne Furey, Project Lead on 086 1512525. And you can keep up to date with the project at www.youghalblueandgreennetwork.ie/Projects and by using the hashtags: #YoughalClimateResilience; #ClimatePathwaysYoughal; #YoughalBlueandGreenNetwork

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Launching the Project

Councillor Mary Linehan-Foley officially launched this exciting project in Cumann naDaoine last December at the Network’s Christmas event at which Network members, artists and collaborators came together.

Pathways: Building Community Resilience to Climate Change aims to engage our community through a series of walk shops & arts workshops as we explore our community’s concerns about rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding.

 Our three artists Veronica Santorum, Daniel Clancy and Jackie Nevin will facilitate the walk shops and workshops to co-create an immersive audio-visual sandbag installation using natural textiles – this will be exhibited in September 2024 in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal. The project will leave a tangible legacy in the form of a copper artwork mounted on the Cumann na Daoine building which references the ongoing floods and  the participation of local people: the design of this artwork will be informed by the community through workshops. 

We invite everyone in the area to join us and collaborate in our vox-pops, walk, talk & workshops. Together, let’s explore the community’s perspectives on the effects of rising sea levels and flooding in Youghal. Your support is crucial, and we value the input of every community member as we journey on our  Pathways whilst building resilience to climate change.

 

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The first walk-shop took place on Sunday November 12th, 2023

Network members enjoyed a 2-hour interactive experience, facilitated by sound artist Daniel Clancy and eco-artist Veronica Santorum with a range of activities at each pre-planned stop along the route structured to provoke thought and conversation about flooding. 

Local resident of South Abbey, Elia Kirwin, shared her stories of the many times her home flooded. This sparked a lively conversation about how communities can respond to, and prepare for, future flooding events.

Further discussions took place afterwards in the Community Café at Cumann na Daoine where we enjoyed soup, sandwiches and cakes.

The attendance and feedback were extremely positive and though flooding is a serious topic the facilitators managed to keep all focused using playful yet sensitive methods.

Follow us here and our social media pages as we journey these Pathways together.

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