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 Good Energies Alliance Ireland Newsletter
June 2022

Environmental Action

Policy Statement - Wind Turbines in Ireland

This years’ Global Wind Day theme was to raise awareness of the importance of the energy transition and the role wind energy can play.  
GEAI agrees that wind energy is vital and supports the creation of wind farms in general. However, when these projects are on peatlands, they present some concerns. 
GEAI is launching a full statement in which these concerns are presented together with suggested actions. We consider that community engagement and transparency are essential for a real energy transition. To read our full statement here

Ballinaglera Biodiversity project

On the 18th May GEAI’s volunteers and ecologist Heather Bothwell introduced the Ballinaglera Biodiversity Project to the students of St. Hugh’s National School. 
All students were presented with a colouring book that contained nine local species of plants. 
It was amazing to see that everyone already had some knowledge of the plants and were eager to understand how important they are in various ways. 
The nine species presented can all be found locally in May. Heather’s studies will certainly raise our awareness of the unique biodiversity in County Leitrim! We can expect more information and a lot of interesting results from this project later this year. 
To know more about this day click here!

Climate Action Days

Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI)’s volunteers delivered a programme of Climate Action Days in May to the transition year students of Lough Allen College. 
The first session took place at the school. GEAI’s volunteers gave a presentation with important concepts related to climate change and local issues, followed by discussion promoted by a card game matching causes and effects.
At the end of the session all students brainstormed a few actions they could initiate to tackle climate change.  
The second session was a field trip to the Organic Centre. First, all the students were given a tour of the centre and the importance of ecological practices and biodiversity were explained to them. A workshop in the second half of the day included discussions on how to create a campaign. 
To know more about these sessions click here!

Community News

Open day

In May GEAI organized an Open Day for Ukraine. Together with the local community, we managed to raise 900€! 🎉 This money is going to Ukraine to support the paramedics on the ground and those now fleeing the east of Ukraine as it comes under such bombardment. 
 
It was amazing to see a community come together for a great cause, from donations of prizes for the raffle, cakes for the cake sale to participating in our car boot sale! Thank you to all the businesses and people in the community that made this day a great success. 
To know more about this fantastic day click here

Summer camps – July and August 2022

GEAI was awarded funding for two Summer Camps, and will team up with Lorraine McHugh, a Kids Creative Mindfulness Practitioner and a Kids Yoga Teacher. Activities will include yoga, nature connection activities, learning about recycling and Climate Change, art, music and learning about different cultures, and getting creative with free art expression time.  
The first Summer Camp will be in Ballinaglera Community Hall from 4th to 7th July. This camp will cater for local  and Ukrainian children to promote wellness and creativity. If you have children interested in the camp click here to apply.  
The second summer camp is from 22nd to 25th August will be held in the Lough Allen Hotel grounds in Drumshanbo. This camp is directed at Ukrainian children living here. In addition to the activities described above there will be a focus on helping children with their English language, in particular to express themselves emotionally. 

What's new in the GEAI team?

Two new GEAI volunteers

GEAI welcomed two volunteers, Carina and Mariangela! Both actively strive to have less impact on the environment and want to play an active role in facing the climate change. 
Carina is from the Aveiro in Portugal, she works on communications focusing on social media and also researches transport issues. To know more about her journey to Ireland click here
Mariangela is Italian and comes from sunny southern Bari, she is doing research on agriculture and is part of the recruitment team. To learn more about her journey from Italy click here

Our new Tús worker

GEAI expanded its’ team by welcoming Julie.
Julie is a creative person and has great organisational skills, she has been involved with environmental campaigning for many years. In her free time Julie grows vegetables organically in polytunnels at her home. 

GEAI awarded by Léargas

The CEO of GEAI Aedín McLoughlin and the Development Officer Simona Fondate  attended a celebration event focused on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) Programme on 4th and 5th May, organised by Léargas, the Irish National Agency.
Many news items and updates were given about the ESC Programme, it was a great opportunity, for GEAI, to meet other organisations also involved in ESC.  GEAI received an award by Léargas for successfully achieving the 2021-2024 ESC Quality Label, honouring the good work it is doing under this programme. 

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