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Creative Climate Action: Ripple

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5/11/21

Creative Climate Action: Ripple

Ripple is a project that will explore how the community in Ballina can transform green space with the use of water. One of 15 projects taking place all around the country, it’s funded by the €2 million Creative Climate Action fund through Creative Ireland. These projects are set to work within communities to empower people to make real changes about how they interact with the environment.

Like all of the Creative Climate Action projects, Ripple sees artists, researchers, and communities working in concert to devise and implement real changes in the fight against climate disaster, using art as a means of connecting the science with the populace. 

This project is a led by Orla Murphy, Dr. Sarah Cotterill and Dr. Philip Crowe from the UCD Centre for Irish Towns, in collaboration with artist Ríonach Ní Néill, Councillor Mark Duffy (Mayo County Council), and architect Kevin Loftus from Ballina, Ireland’s Greenest Town.

Water connects us all

Councillor Duffy and Loftus together founded Ballina, Ireland’s Greenest Town in a bid to reinvigorate the town after a period of economic decline. With water as a central part of their plans, Ní Néill’s unique artistic practice adds a focus on engaging with social and human issues. Making the connections between water, the climate, and the community will be central to Ripple.

Green spaces, such as those within housing estates, are underutilised areas that are being explored as potential venues for climate action. Ripple will explore how these areas can be turned into water resilient, productive, and socially cohesive spaces that work for communities and their environments. 

Using art and architecture, the project will create structure and tools for people who live in Ballina to contribute to greener decision-making.

Find out more about the Creative Climate Action fund.

UCD Centre for Irish Towns ucd.ie/cfit

Ballina Ireland’s Greenest Town irelandsgreenesttown.com

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