Activism Gathering 2011

You are invited to join Friends of the Earth staff, activists and supporters at the Activism Gathering 2011.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2011
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
Co. Down.

This is an opportunity for you to join us and shape the future of campaigning and activism north and south of the border.

It's not just about how you can help us with our campaigns though. We want to know how we can support the campaigns you are running in your communities.

There will also be a program of activities and speakers. Highlights include

  • Political blogger Mick Fealty, aka Slugger O'Toole
  • Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Outdoor activities organised by Tollymore Centre
  • A table quiz on Saturday night

The weekend officially kicks off on Saturday morning but we will be hosting a barbeque on Friday.

Saturday the 11th of June

11.30 - 12.05 Opening remarks
Oisin Coghlan, (Friends of the Earth Ireland) and James Orr (Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland) will open the event and set the scene for the weekend

12.10 - 13.30 Post-election Political Landscape Panel Discussion
Panelists including, Ciaran Cuffe(Former Minister for Sustainability), Mick Fealty (Blogger Slugger O'Toole) and will discuss the implications of recent Dáil and Stormont elections for Environmental action and activism on the Island. Session to be Chaired by James Orr

13.30 - 14.15 Lunch

14.30 - 15.15 Activism and mobilising
An inspiring look at the highs and lows of environmental campaigning in Ireland over the past twenty years, with testimony from those involved.

15.15 - 15.30 Coffee and Cakes

15.30 - 17.00 Thematic workshops
Delegates explore the activism potential along the themes of the Climate Justice, Youth Organising, Planning, and Climate Change denial.

17.05 - 17.45 Report back from workshops
Each group gives brief synopsis of their discussions

18.00 - 19.30 Leisure time
Outdoor activities, or film or relaxation time.

19.30 - 20.30 Dinner

21.00 - 22.00 Table Quiz
Delegates will pit their wits against each other over several rounds to win prizes and bragging rights. Promises to be good fun.

Sunday the 12th of June

09.30 - 10.30 Snapshots of the year
A journey through the past 12 months. With particular attention focused on the key moments for campaigns North and South of the border. Chaired by Andy Atkins (Director, Friends of The Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

10.30 - 11.30 Activism Panel
A really exciting exploration of grassroots environmental activism around the globally and locally with panelists Silas Siakor (winner of the Goldman Environmentalist Prize), Nancy Serrano, Marian Farell and Andrew McMurry. Chaired by Oisin Coghlan.

11.30 - 11.50 Scones and coffee

12.00 - 13.30 Break-Out groups for visioning and planning our activism.
Participants will break into smaller groups to plan and discuss way that we can win.

13.30 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.30 Closing remarks
Oisín Coghlan and James Orr will sum up what we have achieved and note important outcomes from the weekend.

14.30 - 15.00 Evaluation and departure

15.00 Bus leaves

If you would like to attend please print  and complete the booking form.

Or contact Colette Stewart by phone on 028 9023 3488 or email.

We also have a limited number of free places for 18 to 25 year olds. Please complete the booking form if you'd like to apply.

We look forward to see you there.