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Saturday 23 March 2019

Sustainability Fair is launched at Gorey 400

Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Karen Finigan, Cllr Joe Sullivan, Cllr Pip Breen, Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin and chairman Cllr John Hegarty at the launch of the sustainability fair last week
Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Karen Finigan, Cllr Joe Sullivan, Cllr Pip Breen, Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin and chairman Cllr John Hegarty at the launch of the sustainability fair last week

Sara Gahan

A Sustainability Fair due to take place later this month in Kilanerin was officially launched at the Gorey 400 celebrations held in the Ashdown Park Hotel last week.

The fair will give guests a chance to test drive hybrid and electric cars, while learning about climate change, sustainable energy and how to be a green flag advocate.

It will also have over 30 exhibitors and food stalls; games and demonstrations for children as well as free workshops and talks.

Hosted by Kilanerin Ballyfad Community Development Association Sustainable Energy Community the fair will take place in Kilanerin Community Centre on Sunday, February 24 from 12 noon, until 4 p.m.

The Sustainable Energy Community in Kilanerin was founded by Karen Finigan who aims to focus on the communities energy usage across the households and businesses in the area.

Originally from America Karen joined the Kilanerin Ballyfad Community development Association and decided to set up an additional group to it - Sustainability Energy Community.

The committee have their leadership team in place and also have completed its Community Charter. They have also an Energy Master Plan funding application submitted.

The Sustainability Energy Community are always on hand to share information on available grants for community members, build local energy management skills and knowledge and deliver valuable energy transition solutions in the area.

The community will work together to determine the best projects.

In December, Karen was appointed Cool Planet Champion for County Wexford. As Cool Planet Champion, Karen is available to speak with schools and local groups and can offer ideas and suggestions to groups around climate action and sustainability for all.

Karen feels climate change is one if not the biggest potential problems facing life on this planet.

She said Cool Planet Champions, Ireland's first national programme, is designed specifically to explain climate change in simple and understandable language.

The programme has over 60 volunteers in Ireland and has trained them to spread the word in communities.

For more information on the fair call Karen on 083 8782718.

Gorey Guardian

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