Climate Action Conference Attracts Renowned Climate Ambassadors & Environmentalists to Limerick

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Some of Ireland’s leading climate ambassadors and environmentalists will be in Limerick on 23rd February to speak at "Nights Candles are Burnt Out" Culture & Climate Conference” which is being organised by The Hunt Museum in partnership with Mary Immaculate College. 

The conference is an extension of the dialogue initiated by the Hunt Museum's current exhibition which is focused on the pioneering spirit of Ireland regarding renewable energy resources, and has been designed to generate positive action, related to the 2021 Climate Action Plan, beyond the exhibition. 

Keynote speakers include American-Irish environmental scientist Dr Cara Augustenborg, rewilding expert Eoghan Daltun and Irish stand-up comedian, bestselling author, award-winning broadcaster Colm O’Regan. They will be joined at the one-day conference by speakers from business, the media, policy-making, and academia to discuss climate issues, challenges and solutions. Jo Linehan, Sustainability Futurist, editor of CLIMATE Sunday Times Ireland, and Founder of GAFF Shop, will serve as the conference's master of ceremonies. 

The conference and seminar series is open to everyone and has been designed to encourage greater engagement amongst community groups and individuals in climate action. 

Through keynote speeches, panel discussions and a World Café, the conference will delve into the strategies and actions needed to help Limerick and Ireland achieve its targets and commitments from the 2021 Climate Action Plan, to halving greenhouse emissions by 2030, to achieving Net Zero by 2050. The discussions will revolve around accelerating the adoption of legislation and transformative technologies to be able to drive meaningful change.  

Jill Cousins, Director of The Hunt Museum, said,

"The 'Nights Candles are Burnt Out' Culture & Climate Conference is a natural extension of our desire to drive positive change with our communities. The aim is to offer hope based on positive actions. It's about looking at the solutions within our grasp, removing the fear associated with change, and using culture as a powerful platform that not only encourages but propels transformative change.” 

“By partnering with Mary Immaculate College, we can foster a dynamic dialogue with key stakeholders while inspiring practical actions towards a sustainable future. We’re thrilled to present such a stellar line-up of speakers and look forward to announcing more in the New Year," she continued. 

Dr John Morrissey, Lecturer in Geography, Mary Immaculate College, said

“In addressing climate change, community engagement is crucial. We’re delighted to partner with the Hunt Museum for this transformative conference and look forward to bringing so many diverse stakeholders together to share insights, explore opportunities and provide attendees with tangible steps to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.” 

For the four weeks leading up to the conference, The Hunt Museum will also host a Climate & Culture Action Seminar Series. Each Thursday (beginning on the 1st February) guest speakers will gather at the Hunt Museum, each experts in their respective fields, to discuss topics such as “Speeding Up Local Change”, and “A Cultural Shift – Economically and Philosophically”.

Tickets can be booked at (Conference: here) (Seminars: here)

Conference details: 
Title: Nights Candles are Burnt Out –Culture & Climate Conference 
Date: February 23, 2024 
Location: Limerick Council's Istabraq Hall 
Tickets: €35pp / Students €5 available here

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