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18th November : Galway Education Centre Launch 7pm 

19th November : First class delivered at Presentation College Headford

24th November : Launch at Galway Science and Technology Festival

27th November : Galway Education Centre Modules 3 & 7

5th December : Galway Education Centre Modules 2 & 9

Date for Laois Wrap Up Session to be confirmed

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Duncan Stewart

Eco Ed 4 All Laois Autumn School programme of activites was piloted in Portlaoise on Sunday 29th September, with a Public Event, at Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, 2pm-6pm. 


It comprises 3 programmes that run from October to December at Portlaoise & Mountrath. 
(free attendance to all events)

a. Laois Community Environmental Workshops, 
b. Home Energy Training Programme for Laois householders
c. Teacher / Community Champion Training Programme

Portlaoise has recently been designated as the first Irish town to embrace the challenge of becoming truly sustainable, by setting out to achieve a 'Low-Carbon Transition' status. However, for this critical transformation to be realized, it will require buy-in, support and a strong commitment from its citizens, farmers, communities and schools across the county, along with tidy towns, PPNs and local NGOs, with top-down support from public bodies including Laois Partnership, Laois County Council and SEAI.
By pursuing this goal, the people of Laois will inevitably build resilience and know-how and greatly benefit from its outcomes in future years, as now experienced by many leading towns across Europe.


We featured some of these towns in our Eco-Eye TV series, as exemplar 'early adopters' in sustainability in Europe, where they have attracted innovative green enterprises and rewarding new livelihoods, which has reinvigorated a greater sense of pride of place.

Portlaoise and Laois county would also achieve many other co-benefits, such as: Improvements in quality-of-life and wellbeing from a healthy environment. Savings in home heating and electricity bills by householders and in their transport. It would likewise, shape a positive future for the region, that would offer sustainable career prospects for Laois's energetic and enterprising young generation. 


Like most in Europe, Laois’s youth must surely feel anxious about the severe existential impacts they’re likely to face over the coming decades and beyond from Climate Change. This, along with plummeting populations of wildlife, insects, pollinators, species extinctions, together with accelerating impacts of plastic, waste, chemicals and pollution, which is happening globally and in Ireland, unless global civilization expeditiously and collectively embrace, create and realize a fundamental transition onto a sustainable course.


With this objective in mind, I'd like to thank you for attending the Laois Eco Ed Automn School programme of events in October, which outlined potential ways where Laois could take the lead in Irish towns and counties, to define a clear vision, with a well-informed strategy for 2030 and a roadmap to 2050.

The series of four Sustainability Workshops took place in Portlaoise and Mountrath. The workshops were designed to inform, inspire and enable Laois citizens, communities and farmers, through dialogue and consensus, on how to shape this transformation to a 'zero-carbon', Circular Economy, with a focus on practical and cost-effective solutions. This includes ways to protect and enhance natural habitats, rivers, air-quality and farming, along with sustainable solutions for transport in County Laois. 

All the above required top-down support from Laois County Council in collaboration with key state agencies, along with forward-thinking local businesses. I'm looking forward to getting in feedback Laois householders, community groups and farmers from the workshops to compile a comprehensive report. A big thanks goes to staff in the Bloom Centre, Mountrath for their help in setting up for the meetings along with staff at the Killeshin hotel

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