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8 May 2009

Roadshow of climate change talks coming to a town near you...

Friends of the Earth will be in the Newgrange Hotel in Navan on the 27th of May at 7.30pm. This is for the Meath installment of our series of multimedia presentations on climate change which is happening around the country this spring. The talks are titled "The Big Ask: Can we stop climate change?" and are part of a nationwide tour. Friends of the Earth has teamed up with Gavin Harte for the Big Ask Tour. Gavin is a high profile spokesperson on environmental and sustainability issues in Ireland and has been for many years. Admission to the events is free.

Speaking at the launch of the tour Gavin Harte said "For most of us the climate change story can often be confusing, contradictory and chaotic. For every argument on the size of the problem, its seriousness, its cause or reversibility, there seems to be another voice declaring the exact opposite. Now, for the first time the world's leading scientists are united on the scientific evidence for and the potential impacts of climate change. The big question now is 'is humanity up for the challenge?'."

For many of us the climate change story can be confusing, contradictory and chaotic. Too often interesting talks and events about climate change only seem to be held in the capital. Friends of the Earth want to change this, following the philosophy of "Think globally, Act locally".
Gavin was the founder and developer of Ireland's first eco-village in Cloughjordan Co Tipperary. He has worked as an educator, a TV presenter and a musician and as national director of An Taisce. With RTE he presented the very popular travel series "Across the Line", backpacking overland from Dublin to Australia on a budget of just £25 a day. He has an unique style and irrepressible optimism and we're delighted he is taking this on the road with us to give people what they need to be able to rise to the climate challenge.

Oisin Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Director said "Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century and each of us has to decide how to respond."

The Big Ask Tour is an exciting mix of photographs, video clips, and animations which documents the enormous influence human activity is having on our planet's climate, the serious impacts these are likely to have on all of us, and most importantly what we can do about it.
If you want to learn about the science of climate change presented in a clear and refreshing way please do come along. We will also have lots of information on how you can get involved with Friends of the Earth on local environmental issues.

Admission to all of these events is free. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards and we look forward to meeting you there.


7pm, Thursday, 2nd April, The Absolute Hotel


7.30pm, Wednesday, 6th May, Metropole Hotel

8pm, Thursday, 7th May, Quality Hotel - A talk by Oisín Coghlan for the Sustainable Clon group - Everyone welcome!


7.30pm, Tuesday, 12th of May, Garter Lane Arts Centre


8pm, Wednesday, 13th of May, Tullamore Court Hotel


7.30pm, Wednesday, 20th of May, The Harbour Hotel


7.30pm, Wednesday, 27th of May, Newgrange Hotel

If any of these events are in your local area and you would like to help us with the organising and publicising them, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you on 01 639 4652 or email


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