Saturday 21 September 2019

Cool Planet on hunt for climate-change advisers

Cool Planet Experience’s head of public engagement Philip Smyth, design co-ordinator Sinead Crowley, and CEO Vicky Brown, who have launched a programme to help explain climate issues.
Cool Planet Experience’s head of public engagement Philip Smyth, design co-ordinator Sinead Crowley, and CEO Vicky Brown, who have launched a programme to help explain climate issues.

Paul Melia - Environment Editor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Cool Planet Experience are looking for one person in each county to become an advocate for halting global warming and helping to drive change.

The Irish Independent is media partner to the Cool Planet Experience (CPE), which due to open early next year. An interactive visitor experience located at the Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow, it will bring visitors on an innovative journey of climate change discovery in an interactive, engaging and fun way.

The aim is to enable everyone to see how they can play their part in transforming Ireland to a low-carbon society. Key backers include the ESB, the NTR Foundation, Vodafone, Siemens and Crowley Carbon.

The Cool Planet Champions programme will provide training in communications skills to help explain the problem facing Ireland and every country across the planet, and spur behavioural change.

In return, champions are expected to give 10 climate talks in their county, to schools, business or the general public.

The advocate training programme is the first of its kind in the country, and CEO Vicky Brown said it will include professional communications skills, a bespoke presentation, demonstration training, how to respond to questions and more.

Training will take place in Powerscourt on a weekend in November and will include accommodation and food.

Chief Climate Scientist at the EPA, Frank McGovern, said that general knowledge on climate change is relatively low in Ireland, which the initiative aims to address.

Irish Independent

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