Sunday 24 March 2019

Sustainability Fair is first of its kind to hit County Wexford

Zuzie Cahn from Voice Ireland with Rachel Nezum and her daughters Kitty and Elsa
Zuzie Cahn from Voice Ireland with Rachel Nezum and her daughters Kitty and Elsa
Pauline Rice, Benny Hayden, Maureen Bushe, Mary D'Arcy and Betty Bardon

Sara Gahan

Families in North Wexford will apply small changes to reduce their energy usage in the household after attending a very informative Sustainability Fair in Kilanerin Community Centre last Sunday.

Founded by Karen Finigan, the Sustainability Fair by Kilanerin/Ballyfad's Sustainable Energy Community was a very rewarding day filled with over 30 exhibitors and had more than 300 visitors.

Karen said they had 12 different speakers who informed the visitors on different ways they could contribute towards reducing their carbon footprint with small changes within the household or business. She said the fair also included an outdoor exhibit of electric and hybrid cars and over 30 people test drove them.

'We had a high number of children enter our art competition on what their favourite place in County Wexford would look like in 100 years time,' said Karen. 'They were amazing to look at. The winner will be announced at a later date.'

She added that some families were surprised upon taking a test at one of the exhibits with how high their carbon footprint percentage was.

'The families all found one small thing at the fair they could be doing at home to reduce their carbon footprint which is the main thing,' said Karen. 'It's all about small changes.'

Minister Michael D'Arcy opened the fair, speaking to visitors on the importance of making a change. Karen thanked all the sponsors, exhibitors, food stalls, local businesses, volunteers and those for coming on the day.

Gorey Guardian