Making meaningful progress towards achieving the SDGs and adapting to climate change will require increased trust and cohesion between sectors; stronger partnerships between civil society and public and private organisations; and informed and engaged citizens active in their communities.
Cultivate’s CONVERGENCE programme of events in 2019 will facilitate increased cooperation and stronger relationships between different sectors and stakeholders. Researchers, community practitioners, farmers, educators, facilitators, local authority and government department representatives and development agencies will be invited to participate.
CONVERGENCE DIALOGUES 31st May to 7th June 2019 –Invite only conversations coinciding with the European Week for Sustainable Development.
GLOBAL GOALS at GLOBAL GREEN: 30th August – 1st September 2019 – A Convergence programme of activities in the sustainability area of the Electric Picnic
CONVERGENCE ROAD SHOW September/ October 2019 Workshops, town hall meetings and an SDG installation in regional centres across Ireland
Cultivate are seeking support and partners to deliver a programme of civic engagement events held around the country, as well as an enhanced offering at the Electric Picnic. To discuss support, sponsorships or partnerships call Davie Philip on 0505 560561 or email email@example.com
CULTIVATE BACKGROUND: Sustainable Ireland Cooperative Society (t/a Cultivate) are one of the pioneers of the sustainability sector in Ireland. We have been advocating and supporting sustainable communities for almost 20 years and offer a rich selection of programmes that ensure greater awareness, capacity and recognition for community-led initiatives focused on climate and resilience.
CONVERGENCE BACKGROUND: Since its beginning in 2000 the Convergence Festival has brought people and ideas together and featured some of the most inspiring sustainability thinkers and doers both from Ireland and abroad. The first Convergence Sustainable Living Festival in Dublin’s Temple Bar Cultural Quarter in 2000 Included talks, workshops and networking for people, communities and organisations interested in the potential of sustainable communities and green livelihoods. We continue to run Convergence, now the longest running annual series of events on sustainability in Ireland, bringing together leading edge ideas, thinkers and themes. The 2019 Convergence will bring key people and sectors together to explore a collaborative and participatory approach to climate action (SDG 13) and partnerships (SDG 17), and will facilitate increased cooperation and stronger relationships between different sectors and stakeholders.
In 2018 Cultivate, with support from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and the DEAR ‘Make Europe Sustainable For All’ Project promoted the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action in the sustainability area at the Electric Picnic Festival, held on the 31st August to the 2nd September 2018.
Over 30 organisations – including Irish Aid, Concern, Leargas, Self Help Africa, the Tipperary Energy Agency and Young Friends of the Earth, highlighted topics such as sustainable development, community energy, solar, bicycle culture, up-cycling and reuse, climate action and community gardening & agriculture, all framed in the Global Goals and climate response.
In 2019 Cultivate are once again planning to coordinate the area in Global Green focused on the Global Goals. Stalls, demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, panel discussions and a number of talks will be held over the three days of the Electric Picnic.
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Do you know of a local community-led or for-community-benefit initiative that addresses the Sustainable Development Goals?
Through an ongoing postcard campaign and online form, Cultivate have been collecting local stories that will bring the goals to life.
Cultivate have developed an exhibit highlighting these stories to the general public and showcasing replicable community-led initiatives from across Ireland that are addressing the global goals and helping us reach climate targets.
Cultivate will be illuminating the efforts on this website and in the exhibit that will be traveling across Ireland as part of Convergence, the annual sustainable living festival. The exhibit will have a permanent home in the WeCreate Workspace in Cloughjordan Ecovillage and be a key feature at the Global Green, the Electric Picnic sustainability area.
The exhibit includes information that helps citizens understand and engage in sustainability actions and act as a learning environment for our ‘Stories and Conversations’ workshops. These will be held as part of the Convergence Festival 2019 that aims to bringing the global goals to diverse local communities around Ireland.
The stories of local projects addressing the global goals will also be showcased on this website.
If you are involved in, or know of an initiative, please fill out the following form and help us illustrate the stories of how we’re coming together for a healthier, happier and more sustainable Ireland.
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