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GCC Green Team bring “Hope and Action” to Innovative Climate Forum

Posted on: 26 Jan 2014

Minister Denis Naughten is pictured with GCC Green team members Josue Musa and Courtney Carr launching the #GotTheBottle campaign.


The Galway Community College Green Team delivered a dynamic and passionate presentation themed‘Climate Change and Refugees’ for a recent Climate forum entitled ‘Hope and Action’.

The event took place in Brigit’s Gardens, was organised by An Taisce with Minister for Communications, Environment and Climate Change Denis Naughten as keynote speaker. He delivered an impassioned speech highlighting concerns related to climate change and some of the solutions and positive actions they were working on.

With our city being suffocated by traffic congestion the GCC Green Team explored the provision of a light rail system, a rapid bus service, cycle paths, extra bus lanes as well as a call for a broader support for the proposed Greenway from Galway to Clifden.

Courteney Carr, member of the GCC Green Team,  delivered the presentation themed “Climate Change and Refugees”.  She  highlighted the need for society to take urgent action in cutting CO2 emissions. The issues of mental health, stereotypes, privacy and space were explored and requests to fast track direct provision.

Minister Naughten was honoured to launch the #gotthebottle campaign with the GCC students on what was World Water Day-22nd March. GCC is linking in with Youth Work Ireland and other schools hoping to collect plastic bottles and encourage water fountains to be used in schools.

The GCC Green Team as part of their “Travel” Green Week 24th-28th April is planning a cycling event through the city involving Students and Teachers, members of An Taisce and other guests.  We are delighted that “Mr. Whippy” coming on board with a motivating ice cream cone after their cycle. We hope that this event will launch Bike Week in June.