Craic climate: Northern Ireland’s first climate festival takes place this weekend
The first festival celebrating a ‘liveable and kind’ Northern Ireland for future generations takes place this weekend.
The Climate Craic Festival at Stormont Estate on Sunday is a first of its kind for the region.
It was organized by Jacinta Hamley who is on a mission to raise awareness about the climate crisis in Northern Ireland.
The 24-year-old, who grew up near Crossgar, County Down, came up with the idea after attending advocacy training through the British Council and Co-operation Ireland.
Sunday’s festival is open to all ages and will feature an array of activities including live entertainment, eco-friendly workshops, guest speakers, and exhibitions by local artists, all with the aim of help more people discover and celebrate climate activism.
Speaking ahead of the day’s events, Jacinta said: “When I was participating in the Active Citizens program, I thought a climate festival would be amazing, but too much work – but somehow, the training gave me the motivation and the energy to move forward with it anyway. The idea came from everyone being so disconnected during Covid-19 and being online. It didn’t seem like it was there. having a lot of space to build communities and connections and it was just like something we all need right now – being physically together, on the outside.
“I really think this festival should celebrate the joyful aspects of climate action and environmental engagement – and not all is pessimistic. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of – to bring together people who don’t. generally feel not connected enough to engage in something as big as a protest march. It’s more of a fun day that people can enjoy. “
Hyacinth is no stranger to climate action having sailed the Atlantic to attend COP25 in 2019 and hopes to make Climate Craic an annual event.
She added: “After that I wish I could attend COP26 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow to some extent and then think about the next stop for the festival – I hope for something more. big and better – but with more planning and funding. I encourage everyone to come this Sunday – it’s just a chance to have fun, learn a little and be inspired by others . “
Jonathan Stewart, Director, British Council Northern Ireland. He said: “We are delighted to see this incredible project emerging from training active citizens with Co-operation Ireland – which aimed to inspire young people to broaden their thinking and take action on the biggest problem facing our planet. been able to achieve in such a short time is incredible, and we wish him all the best for Sunday’s event.
“This training is part of the British Council’s Climate Connection, which draws on our expertise in education, the arts, cultural exchange and the English language to help young people find innovative solutions to deal with the crisis. climate. “
Peter Sheridan, CEO of Co-operation Ireland, said: “The challenge of climate change is a global issue, so we were delighted to get involved in the British Council’s Active Citizens program to bring together young people from across the island. Ireland to help raise awareness. .
“Through the Co-operation Ireland Future Leaders program, we were able to provide advocacy training to three young leaders who have now trained another 19 people. I look forward to this great work continuing.”
The organizers released a few guidelines after completing the WHO risk assessments:
● Social distancing (1.5m) is encouraged throughout the festival and will be facilitated by our stewards, especially in high traffic areas, such as stages, entrances, exits and catering facilities. As this is a voluntary festival, we need the conscious effort of festival-goers to avoid crowds forming in front of stages or queues. Please respect each other and the stewards. Keep each other safe with a distance of 1.5m from people outside your bubble and avoid overcrowding.
● When social distancing is not possible, please wear a face cover *. For example, if areas become overcrowded despite attempts by stewards and the public. (* unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask for an extended period.)
● This event will be tagged to facilitate public health action. Please ensure that you have your ticket and proof of double vaccination upon arrival (a vaccine card or photo of your card will suffice). If you do not have proof that you have received two vaccinations, proof of a negative lateral flow test performed within 24 hours or less of arrival will be required prior to admission to the festival.
● Hand sanitizer will be available at several locations on the site; we encourage you to disinfect your hands before entering the room, eating, drinking or participating in workshops.
● Please do not attend this event if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been advised to self-isolate.
● We will have St. John Ambulance personnel on site should you require medical care or advice.
● By participating in this event you automatically consent to your information being used by the NHS Track and Trace program and will be alerted if there is close contact with an active case.
The Climate Craic festival takes place this Sunday, September 19 and is free. To find out more and see the full schedule of events, visit: https://climatecraic.com/