Dizzy goals, climate change croquet and stimulating talks – it’s all go for the European Year for Development at Electric Picnic 2015

01 september 2015

DÓCHAS

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

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Dizzy goals, climate change croquet and stimulating talks – it’s all go for the European Year for Development at Electric Picnic 2015

01 Sept 2015 

Get your wellies at the ready because Electric Picnic is fast approaching and this year, the European Year for Development will be there too!

The annual festival in Stradbally has something for everyone – with great music, talks, food, and fun activities for all the family. One of the highlights of the festival is The Global Green. More and more people are bringing sustainable living into their daily lives and into their festival fun too.

The Global Green is a pop-up ecovillage with a diverse community of cultural creatives, activists, artists, musicians, foodies, hackers, social entrepreneurs and slam poets, brought together by Cultivate, the sustainability collective now based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

The European Year for Development (EYD) is delighted to announce that it too will feature as part of this lively hub, sharing inspiring stories from around the world and inviting people to try their hand at climate change croquet ahead of the December Summit in Paris, or give the dizzy goals a go, to celebrate the global goals being agreed this year.

The European Year for Development will also be lighting up the hedge school with thought provoking debates and interesting chats about all things sustainable.

‘We are delighted that The European Year for Development is going to be at Electric Picnic this year. We are seeing people across the country embracing sustainability and the pursuit of global justice in their daily lives and what better way to celebrate that than by joining the festival vibe! It’s not just about what we give, but about how we live’ says Hans Zomer, CEO of Dóchas, national co-ordinator of the European Year for Development.

Tens of thousands of people will be celebrating life, people and planet at the Electric Picnic and celebrating the European Year for Development.

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Media Interviews:

To arrange media interviews at Electric Picnic or beforehand, contact Naomi Linehan, Media Officer for The European Year for Development and Dóchas – naomi@dochas.ie or 01 4053801/ 0861077079

Notes to the Editors:

  • The European Year for Development will be at Electric Picnic from Friday September 4th – Sunday September 6th 2015
  • As well as running activities at Electric Picnic 2015, The European Year for Development will also participate in the following talks at The Global Green at Electric Picnic:

Saturday 5th September 1-2 pm: Sustainable food production and climate change. This session will feature a facilitated conversation to look at issues of sustainability in food production and climate change. Perspectives will include local production and ethical considerations, relationship with the consumer, what people can do at a local level and the role of global frameworks.

Sunday 6th September 2.45-3.15 pm - Navigating a sustainable way forward. What will you do? What are our goals for the future? in this session we celebrate the European Year for Development 2015, and explore how we set out to navigate a sustainable and collaborative way forward. 

Sunday 6th September 4.30 - 5.15pm - ‘Culture Change’ - How do we amplify communication on sustainability and increase engagement in the transition to a low-carbon future? Davie Philip (Cultivate/Cloughjordan Ecovillage) hosts this final Voices Rising conversation with Melvin Benn (Festival Republic & Board member of Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation working on sustainability within the creative industries), Anja Murray (Get Involved), Michael Ewing (IEN), George Jacob (Gorta Self Help Africa) and Naomi Linehan (Dóchas).