Planning for a Sustainable Future

Kinsale town, home of the Transition Town movement, will host the Labour Party NGO Forum, on Saturday 24th April, starting 10am finishing 1pm, in the Trident Hotel.

The NGO Fouum will be formally opened by Cllr. Tomás O’Brien, Mayor of Kinsale.

Speakers from the Cork Environmental Forum, Sustainable Water Network and Friends of the Irish Envrionment will discuss the transition movement, river basin management plans and GMOs. The forum coincides with Kinsale’s Spring Fair. Guest speaker is Declan Waugh, Partnership for Change

Agenda
10am Tea/Coffee and Registration

10.15am Introduction and Welcome Cllr. Tomás O’Brien, Mayor of Kinsale

‘Planning for a Sustainable Future’

Labour Spokesperson presentations:
Joanna Tuffy TD, Labour Party Spokesperson on Environment and Heritage.
Senator Michael McCarthy, Spokesperson on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources; Agriculture, Community and Rural Affairs
Ciarán Lynch TD, Labour Party Spokesperson on Housing and Local Government

10.30 NGOs information and presentations from NGO on issues relating to National and Local Government policy on –

Cork Environmental Forum – introduction by Patrick Treacy
The Strategic Policy Committee system and the Environment Pillar – Phoebe Bright
Transition Town Movement ‘Challenges facing the grassroots’ – Klaus Harvey
River Basin Management Plans – Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)
Friends of the Irish Environment – GMO: impact on social, economic, sustainability and environment. Presentation by Richard Auler

11.30 Tea and Coffee break

11.50 to 12noon – Guest Speaker – Declan Waugh, Partnership for Change

12 to 1pm
Local Agenda 21 and the Transition Movement
‘Building Resilient Communities’

Chair: Bronwen Maher. Panellists: – Joanna Tuffy TD, Senator Michael McCarthy, Cllr Tomás O’Brien, Ciarán Lynch TD.

Q & A session, with contributions from the floor discussing the challenges facing local communities, Government and Legislators when planning for a sustainable future.

1pm Ends

R.S.V.P. Joanna.tuffy@oireachtas.ie 20 April

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