There is a new community environmental initiative in the coming week, with the launch of TEN, the Tipperary Environmental Network. At 7.00pm on Friday 19th April, at the LIT Thurles, renowned environmentalist and author Fr Seán McDonagh will set the ball rolling at our very own TEN Gathering.
The idea for TEN came from a meeting at Cabragh Wetlands of concerned Tipperary citizens, who share the aim of ensuring that the voice of the environment is heard. Every community, individual and organization has its own views and issues, so TEN is not forming with preset ideas about its agenda, structures and processes. The hope is that this will be a “bottom-up” network of like-minded people, who want to come together to exchange ideas and information, to discuss lines of action and develop solutions.
Local priorities change from place to place, be it biodiversity, education, litter, planning applications, water purity, heritage, traffic issues, farmers’ markets, organic food, fishing and gun clubs, walking and rural access, and many more. TEN aims to bring communities and individuals together from across both North and South Tipp, anticipating the unification of the county in 2014. TEN will create opportunities to offer mutual support, share experiences, pool resources, to work together with local authorities and regulatory agencies.
TEN aims to celebrate local initiative, to encourage every community to take responsibility for its environment and to develop a forum where shared values can be built and transformed into local actions, putting nature and the environment at the heart of community life.
Tidy Towns and Villages groups, Farmers’ markets and gardeners, An Taisce, allotment groups, graveyard committees, naturalists amateur and professional, farmers (organic or not), teachers and Green Schools’ representatives, students of Environmental and Community Studies, concerned individuals – all are welcome. This is an initiative that can only work with community support – that means you.
At the LIT meeting we will have small-group discussions to see what ideas and issues emerge, and to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. Here is a great chance for like-minded folk to come together in an informal, relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere.
We need to know how many cups to have ready on the night so please book your place now online (no charge) at tentipp.eventbrite.ie/
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Do pass the word to your friends, colleagues and fellow lovers of the environment, urge them to put 19 April 7pm in their diaries, and to arrange their car-share trip to Thurles for the TEN Gathering.