Up for the Challenge? Community Solutions to Climate Change

Event Description

Ten years ago Transition Kerry asked the question ‘What will Tralee look like in the year 2030?’ because we recognised that ‘climate change changes everything’.  Now, to mark ten years of working on transition in Kerry, we are planning a public gathering on Saturday November 11th 2017 in Tralee.

      Up for the Challenge? – Community solutions to Climate Change –

On the day, speakers and participants will address how communities can respond and become more resilient in the face of the increasing challenges of climate change.  We will look at national policy and mitigation, food security & biodiversity loss, sustainable energy and co-operatives.  We will be discussing how we can work in partnership with community groups and government structures; encouraging personal participation and actions.

We will have a range of speakers on climate change and community resilience including experts;
John Gibbons (Journalist)
Dr. Cara Augustenborg (Lecturer in Climate and Environment in UCD)
Dr. Margaret Desmond (Environmental Research Institute – ERI, UCC)

We are going to have a number of online interviews:
Professor John Sweeney  (IPCC climatologist)
Rob Hopkins (founder of the Transition movement in Kinsale over 12 years ago)

There will be input from Transition Kerry on our 3-year plan, Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-operative (KSEC) on their work and from representatives from local communities who are involved in sustainable community projects.

We will be hosting this event with Davie Philips from Cultivate and with the support of our key statutory partners, including Kerry County Council and the EPA. We are also being supported by Kerry Public Participation Network (Kerry PPN), KSEC and Siamsa Tíre.

On the day are planning for strong local community representation, which will be complemented by key local and national stakeholders.
We will be asking: What kind of future do we want to create for Kerry?  –

– How do we create community solutions to the challenges of climate change? –

– How can we create healthy communities with sustainable livelihoods? –
– How will we feed ourselves? –
– Where will we get our energy from? –
– How will we travel around? –
– How will our weather patterns change? –
– How will climate change affect coastal communities, farmland and forestry? –
– How will climate change affect our land use and infrastructure? –
– How can we plan, prepare and adapt for these changes? –
– How can we engage with local and national policy for climate mitigation and adaptation? –

What is Transition Kerry?
Transition Kerry is part of a local, national & international initiative. We are working together to help our local communities to think about making themselves more resilient in response to a number of major events that are happening in our world:


Transition Kerry has been active for 10 years, organising public events, delivering educational programmes and initiating workshops on best environmental practice and up-skilling for community resilience.  We believe this event will further inform us in our climate action work here in Kerry, through our key international, national and local speakers.

Registration Fee €10
Registration is essential. There is a €10 contribution to the event, but concessions are available.   Please contact us directly if you need further information or want to volunteer – Niamh Ní Dhúill @ 086 7247066 – info@transitionkerry.org.

Lunch will be available on the day (soup and sandwiches) as part of the conference and are covered in the conference fee.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs and we can let the hotel know.

Hotel Parking:

There is an underground carpark in the hotel.

Here is the link to the hotel website: https://www.manorwesthotel.ie


Other dates for the diary!

25th October – Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-operative Public Information evening in Kilorlgin – 6.30 – 8pm (Scoil Mhuire, Sunhill)
1st November – Transition Kerry will be hosting a film screening on the at Tralee Bay Wetlands – Leonardo DiCaprio’s film ‘Before the Flood’.  More details on FB
23rd November – Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-operative Public Information evening in Dingle – 6.30 – 8pm (An Leabharlann, Daingean – the Library, Dingle)

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  • Transition Kerry
    November 11, 2017
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Tralee, Kerry, Ireland

Cause Details

Transition Kerry

Transition Kerry is part of a local, national & international initiative. We are working together to get our local communities to think about making themselves more resilient, in response to three major things that are happening in our world: CLIMATE CHANGE, PEAK OIL & ECONOMIC DECLINE.