Mayo Changemakers - Mayo's Global Climate Community (ONLINE)

Mayo Changemakers - Mayo's Global Climate Community (ONLINE)

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An event to highlight and bring together Mayo people around the world working to protect our planet (ONLINE)

About this event

Hosted by The Mary Robinson Centre and Mayo County Council's Cliamte Action Office, this is a hybrid event, taking place in Ballina Arts Centre and online.

Mayo is a county with a long-standing diaspora connection, and there are over 3.5 million people worldwide who claim Mayo heritage.

Mayo Changemakers is an event that will showcase Mayo people in leadership in local and global communities, and those who are trailblazers in research and innovation, developing solutions for the climate and biodiversity crisis. It aims to highlight their work and to be a key first step in creating a network of Mayo Changemakers that can harness the potential of Mayo's global diaspora to connect and collaborate.

The event is open to those engaged in climate and biodiversity and those interested in learning more.


11:00am Registration

11:30am Welcome by Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Smyth and introduction to our first Changemaker, Mohammed Naeem, Mayo Young Environmentalist 2021

11:40am Stories from the frontline of the climate change crisis

11:55am Mayo Changemakers Showcase – Part 1 (introducing short videos of Mayo people working to protect our planet)

12:15pm Roundtable: Leadership in Local & Global Communities

Panel discussion facilitated by Joanne Grehan, Director of Services Mayo Co. Co. & Board Member of The Mary Robinson Centre

  • Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, former Defence Forces Chief of Staff , Co-Founder of the Irish Maritime & Energy Resources Cluster, Founder of Green Compass
  • Sean Carolan, Mulranny Decarbonising Community & SWMDC Rural Development Manager
  • Celine Reilly, Chair of Vita Ireland & recently retired Dublin City Council Executive Manager (Climate Action)
  • Theo Cullen Mouze, Youth Climate Activist
  • Ciara Durkin, Part II Architect & Sustainability Leadership Executive Assistant, Laing O’Rourke

1:15pm Lunch & networking

1:45pm Networking session for online attendees

2:15pm Engage with virtual community

2:30pm Roundtable: Trailblazers in Innovation & Research

Panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Deirdre Garvey, Head of Department - Environmental, Humanities & Social Science ATU Mayo

  • Orla Murphy, New European Bauhaus
  • Dr David Connolly, Chief Technology Officer, Astatine & Chairperson, Irish District Energy Association
  • Dr. James Moran, Lecturer & Researcher in Agro-Ecology, ATU; Board Member, European Results Based Payments Network; Member, Expert Advisory Group of the Citizens' Assembly on Biodiversity
  • Kevin Loftus, Ballina Green Town & Architect & Director, Studio; Winner of Move to Mayo and an Irish Times Best Young Irish Talent: 50 People to Watch in 2022

3:30pm Mayo Changemakers Showcase – Part 2 (introducing short videos of Mayo people working to protect our planet)

4:00pm Concluding remarks by Susan Heffernan, Project Manager, Mary Robinson Centre

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To register:

Register on this listing to attend the online event. To register to attend the event online, click here. Attendance is free of charge.

Home to Mayo 2022 is part of the Global Irish Festival Series which is a joint initiative between Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Changemakers of Mayo showcase:

Mayo people from around the world are invited to send in a 2 minute video of their work (community and/or professional) in protecting the planet to be shared as part of the event.

Please upload your video to this link - You do not need a Dropbox account to share your video here.

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