ZERO Carbon Tramore held their inaugural meeting on Thursday, September 19, in the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore, facilitated by Dr Brian Casey and organised by Sally Sweeney of Tramore GIY. Large numbers were in attendance at the workshop styled evening, which was conducted in the format of an innovation tournament. ‘How can I reduce overall energy consumption?’ was the central question of the evening and from that stemmed a series of suggestions based on Land Use, Food, Transport, Education and Making Your Business Green.
The Green Party’s Cllr Marc O’ Cathasaigh said that “the strength of the meeting will be the ideas that emerge”, and the strength of the innovation tournament structure meant that ideas truly did emerge. As a group, suggestions were made to support self-sufficiency where food is concerned and to lend strong community support to local farmers markets. Additional suggestions were made to make sensible land use choices and to explore the idea of shared community gardens where ownership and maintenance is shared. Concerns were raised by Tramore Eco Group’s Afra Cronin regarding a need for local initiatives for nappy cost and disposal, amongst other everyday items. ‘Cross Pollination’ was encouraged throughout the evening so that ideas were shared from one group to the next, allowing multiple ownership over ideas, ensuring that each person in attendance shared in the feeling of ownership and therefore making Tramore, as a whole, more conducive to change.
Phase Two of Zero Carbon Tramore will see the viability of these suggestions explored by each person in terms of cost and implementation before returning to another group workshop. This event complemented the work already being done by organisations in Tramore in terms of National Biodiversity and promotion of green areas.