Starting a new conversation on local climate action in Ballymun.
Four Ballymun based organisations are working together to promote greater community climate action in Ballymun.
Working in partnership with the many local initiatives in Ballymun, we hope to unlock the creativity of our community to develop new ideas to tackle climate change.
Making climate change discussions relevant locally
Global climate chaos will affect people everywhere, including in our cities. But much of the public debate on climate change has focused on its impacts on food production, transport and energy use – subjects that can feel very far removed from the daily lived experiences of people in inner city communities.
Our project aims to provide opportunities to people in Ballymun to discover the many aspects of climate change, and how they relate to the particular circumstances and challenges in their local community.
Our project is about making climate action part of the story of the positive change that is underway in Ballymun.
With the help of renowned artists, we hope to reflect – and evolve – the story that the community in Ballymun tells itself.
All communities have stories that people tell each other about what it means to be from the area, and what makes it unique. By understanding that narrative, and contrasting it with facts and local data, we can begin to link the community’s self-awareness with the issues of climate change. So that we can begin the process of discussing what people in Ballymun can do to help stop further climate chaos.
The project will begin by assessing the degree to which the community in Ballymun is ready to take climate action.
Using the power of art and artists, we will work with existing initiatives and local community members to develop ideas that trigger local action, and build greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The ultimate aim is to help develop a climate resilient and low carbon society in Ballymun.
We want to work with the community to create opportunities for informed climate action, using art and creative methodologies that engage people, to help them identify the local realities of climate change and develop their potential to take action.
“Ballymun Adapts is a community driven creative arts project that focuses on community readiness and activation for climate action.
Using the power of art to engage communities, the project will create opportunities for people in Ballymun to explore issues, make connections, and discover their power to make a difference.”
The project is funded by the Government’s “Creative Climate Action Fund II: Agents of Change”, which supports initiatives linking artists and experts in climate science, sustainability and biodiversity, to help people understand and influence the profound changes that are happening in our environment, society and economy as a result of climate change.