Global Action Plan aims to inspire people to become environmental ‘change makers’.
We equip individuals and communities with knowledge and skills to develop solutions to the environmental and climate crises.
We want to ensure that people in Ireland have the knowledge, skills and motivation to make sustainable lifestyle choices within their communities, to realise a better future for our planet and for the people that depend on it.
We want to be the leading organisation for environmental behaviour change in Ireland.
We want to work with people at all levels of society, empowering them to take informed action. We support individuals, as members of their communities, through our programmes with community groups, schools, public bodies and businesses. In doing that, we focus on driving behaviour change, education and awareness through toolkit development; training and education programmes; employee engagement and volunteering opportunities; and encouraging people to engage in advocacy and campaigning.
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE:
The biodiversity and environmental crises are endangering life on our planet, and rapidly getting worse. To reverse the damage, and build a society that is more sustainable, both socially, economically and ecologically, we need to promote large-scale change in richer countries, who are responsible for the vast majority of the unsustainable practices that are causing the crises.
We need a radical change to human consumption patterns across the globe to avoid irreversible destruction of life on our planet. To address this, we will:
Established in 1995, Global Action Plan has developed to be a cross-community, and hugely innovative, environmental organisation, offering education to a diverse range of people throughout Ireland.
Since its inception, GAP has delivered ‘The Green Living Programme’ in Ireland. This programme, which arose out of the ‘EcoTeams approach,’ is a community-centred campaign aimed at enabling people to make simple changes in their consumption habits to support them in greener living pathways. This programme has had a lasting effect, helping people to use energy efficiently, reduce water and waste, and shop ethically. (see e.g. an evaluation of the EcoTeams programme here).
GAP formally incorporated in 2001 and its core work for over a decade was managing an environmental programme for the community of Ballymun in Dublin, as part of what was then Europe’s largest regeneration project.
Today, GAP is an organisation with national reach and impact. We are still actively involved in the Ballymun community, with ongoing activities at the GLAS Community Garden and environmental education initiatives in place. But we are now also delivering environmental education and social inclusion programmes to communities, schools and businesses throughout Ireland.
Collaborations with statutory and semi-state agencies, local authorities, local partnership companies, community groups and other charities have enabled this growth
A member of the Irish Environmental Network and the Environmental Pillar, GAP Ireland is part-funded by the IEN Core Funding Grant through the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.
GAP programmes introduce sustainable habits and lifestyle changes, but measurement is key to determining the success of these changes. Correspondingly, we measure the impact and savings of participants actions and use the results for support and feedback. Measurement of environmental impact is a key metric in continuing to develop our own resources.