Climate Action – What can I do? Series of FREE online talks 

21 – 26 March 2022

Europe Direct Waterford, Waterford Libraries and Waterford Council’s Environment Department are coming together to host a week of FREE online events from 21st – 26th March. The events will explore what action we can all take to contribute to the Waterford and National Climate Action Plans to create a better local and national environment for the present and the future.

The European Commission’s proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 sets Europe on a responsible path to becoming climate neutral by 2050.  All sectors of the economy and society can contribute, join us to find out how we can come together to achieve this goal.

All talks are FREE but booking is essential. All can be booked on the Europe Direct Waterford eventbrite page.


Live Furniture up-cycling workshop
with Marianne Heaphy from The Revamp Tramp
Monday 21 March online 7pm – 8pm

ACTIVE TRAVEL – Are our Communities ready?A Talk by James Murray (Senior Engineer, Waterford City & County Council) on how Active Travel can impact climate change through schemes like Permeability measures in local communities
21 March 1pm – 1:30pm

The impact of climate change on coastal heritage: some examples from the Waterford coast A Talk by Dr Edward Pollard archaeological researcher on the CHERISH Project based at The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland in Dublin.
Tuesday 22 March 1pm – 1:30pm

What Can I do to help the pollinators?
A Talk by Kate Chandler from the National Biodiversity Data Centre
Wednesday 23 March 1pm – 1:30pm

Wildflower Workshop with Horticulturist Aoife Munn
Thursday 24 March 1pm – 1:30pm 

Grow your own Food – How to get started with GIY’s Mick Kelly
Friday 25 March 1pm – 1:30pm 


The CHERISH EXHIBITION will run in the Index Gallery, Central Library from 14 March – 2 April. CHERISH is a team of archaeologists, geologists and geographers studying the effects of climate change on coastal and maritime heritage in Ireland and Wales. From the skies, at the coast edge, and beneath the waves they are using the latest technologies including planes, drones and sonar to carry out research. They are monitoring recent and long-term change to reveal the past and present impacts of weather and climate on our rich cultural heritage. The work of CHERISH involves investigating archaeological sites and environments around our coasts including shipwrecks, promontory forts, wetlands and sand dunes. The twenty-nine promontory forts on Waterford’s Copper Coast have been a focus of CHERISH Project research.

The CHERISH Project is funded through the Ireland-Wales Programme 2014-2020, part of the European Regional Development Fund, which focuses on seeking solutions to shared challenges on both sides of the Irish Sea. The project will receive €4.9 million, and will run until June 2023.  You can find out more about the project at

Climate action is at the heart of the European Green Deal – an ambitious package of measures ranging from ambitiously cutting greenhouse gas emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment.

Fighting climate change and achieving the transition to a climate-neutral society will require significant investments, research and innovation, new ways of producing and consuming, and changes in the way we work, use transport and live together. Join us during our Climate Action Week to find out what you can do.

The Europe Direct Waterford Centre is based in Central Library in Waterford City. It is part of a community of 424 Europe Direct centres around Europe whose purpose is to reinforce the important connection between EU institutions and citizens.


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