Transition Derry

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Earth Hour Day DIY Solar Panel workshop & In-Transition film

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Earth Hour Day DIY Solar Panel workshop & In-Transition film

Time: March 27, 2010 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Inishowen Development Partnership offices
Street: Pound Street
City/Town: Carndonagh, Donegal
Phone: Tel. Kathleen O Hara on 086 1211898 and 074 9381000
Event Type: transition, inishowen, day
Organized By: Transition Inishowen
Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2010

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How can you do your bit for the environment, save money and have more fun with the local community? To find out more, all are welcome to “Transition Inishowen's Day of Events”, Saturday March 27th. The two free events are organised by the voluntary group Transition Inishowen Initiative. In the morning there is a talk and slide show with practical examples of solar thermal (domestic water heating). Then after a light lunch there is a film screening of “In Transition 1.0”, in which you meet inspiring individuals and groups from around the world who are learning ways to live more sustainably, whilst saving money and having a good time.

Transition Inishowen is a member of the national group Transition Towns Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the worldwide Transition Towns movement, which comprises hundreds of community initiatives around the world helping people help themselves to adjust to a future with less fossil fuel and increasing effects of climate change. “In the face of fluctuating oil prices and the fact that global oil supplies are due to peak and then decline in the near future and also with the ever more obvious effects of a changing climate, every community needs to adapt to become more resilient and better prepared.” said a spokesperson. Since February 2009, Transition Inishowen has been raising awareness of Peak Oil and Climate Change by having film screenings, slide shows, skills workshops and giving one-on-one support to help strengthen individuals and building resilience in the community, resilience being the ability to withstand shocks and crises.

All are welcome to one or both events which take place in the IDP (Inishowen Development Partnership) offices on Pound Street Carndonagh (opposite ICRFM) The Solar workshop is at 11am. Light lunch is at 1pm and the film “In Transition 1.0” is on at 2pm. Admission is free.

If you have ever thought about installing solar panels but felt daunted about finding the most suitable system for your house, and by the cost and the installation process, then come to the Solar Workshop presented by Cye Bannon. Cye has recently installed a solar evacuated tube setup at his own house in Belfast, and has trained in the other main solar thermal technologies. He is keen to share his knowledge and experience. In this workshop he will be explaining his idea for a solar co-operative aimed at supporting DIY installation of solar thermal (domestic water heating). He will have a slide show and some examples on display. Self reliance and thriftiness are central to this workshop.

The film “In Transition 1.0” features professional and amateur footage of communities around the globe who have taken steps to “walk the talk” of living more sustainably. You can see how much optimism and empowerment is gained by doing this. Many issues are covered such as renewable energy, public transport, green businesses, local food production including growing your own, and learning or relearning basic skills such as baking your own bread and mending your own bike.
A slower more meaningful lifestyle is embraced, community spirit is fostered, and also an awareness that you are living more in harmony the environment.
The group would also like to draw your attention to the fact that March 27th is Earth Hour day, established by WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature). We are all urged to switch off all lights (if not all electricity) for 1 hour at 8.30pm. Last year hundreds of millions of people around the world took part.
Transition Inishowen anticipates a big turn out for these events on this special day!

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