PRESS RELEASE: Leave No Trace Ireland announced as a grant recipient of new €5 million fund under Strand 2 of the Community Climate Action Programme

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Minister for the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has announced Leave No Trace Ireland as one of the 18 successful recipients of the new €5 million fund under Strand 2 of the Community Climate Action Programme.

27th October 2022: The Community Climate Action Programme supports projects and initiatives that facilitate community clim

ate action through education, capacity building and learning by doing. The programme is being run by Pobal, on behalf of the Department.

Leave No Trace Ireland and partners will fund the development of a ‘Beaches and Dunes for Climate Adaptation: Training for Communities’ which will build the capacity of local communities to adapt to, and mitigate against, climate change. The project will develop a toolkit and educational workshops which will build the knowledge and skills of communities to take positive action on how best utilise beaches and dunes as coastal protection. This is a project in partnership with the Atlantic Seaboard North Climate Action Regional Office; The Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board; and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Minister Eamonn Ryan met with Leave No Trace Ireland at a launch event at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin (yesterday). Speaking about the projects, Minister Ryan said: “There is a massive appetite to take action at individual and community levels. The Climate Conversations 2022, which my Department undertook over the summer to get a sounding on where people are at, found that 83% of participants across Irish society are motivated to take action to address climate change”.

CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland, Maura Kiely, commented, “I am looking forward to seeing the lasting impact that this project will have in empowering coastal communities to change behaviours and habits and am confident the outcomes will inspire conservation in local communities and protection of our vulnerable sand dune habitats.”

Anna Shakespeare, CEO of Pobal, said: “Pobal is very pleased to be administering Strand 2 of the Community Climate Action Programme on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. It is very important that no community is left behind in response to the challenge of climate action and justice and we look forward to supporting the project promoters deliver successful projects that can inform future community approaches to climate action and justice.”

18 projects from around the country were selected from 72 applications. These represent a diverse range of activities across the five programme themes (Home and Energy; Food and Waste; Shopping and Recycling; Transport; Local Climate and Environment).

Work on all 18 community climate action projects will begin shortly. For more information about the projects please visit: https://www.pobal.ie.

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Media Contact :  Grace Fox, Leave No Trace Ireland Communications Officer – Grace@leavenotraceireland.org

Note for Editors: 

Leave No Trace Ireland is Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors. Through education, research and partnerships, Leave No Trace Ireland enables and supports individuals, communities, organisations and companies in reducing the environmental impact of outdoor activities. 

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