Date: 10 Aug 2022 Creative Climate Action Fund Stories of Change is an exciting and ambitious new project that uses stories and photography to showcase community-driven solutions to the climate crisis. The project is one of only 15 funded by Creative Ireland through its €2 million Creative Climate Action fund. The team behind Stories of Change believe that community, creativity, and solution-based thinking is critical in dealing with the challenges posed by the climate crisis. The project wants to move beyond simply raising awareness by igniting the imagination and inspiring change by showcasing local solutions and stories to encourage climate action. The project will result in four exhibitions and celebrations, a documentary that highlights key people doing good work for the people and planet, and a website that catalogues and documents the stories and solutions of Ireland’s climate changemakers. Clare / Corofin - 20th & 21st August Galway / Rinvile Park - 3rd September Donegal / Buncrana - 24th September Kerry / Waterville - 8th & 9th October The exhibitions will showcase portrait photos and stories and include the launch of 'The Characters of Stories of Change', a short video featuring the 40 community changemakers interviewed. The first exhibition launches in Co. Clare with Burrenbeo, as part of Heritage Week at St. Patrick’s Hall, Corofin on Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st. There will be a feast created by William from Wild Strands celebrating local, sustainable producers, seasonal plant-based food and an often forgotten Irish heritage food, seaweed. On Friday evening and during the day Saturday, people can sign up for feast prep workshops to learn techniques on how to utilise seaweed as a nutritional addition to our everyday diet and help prepare the meal that will be shared with the community as part of the exhibition. Sunday morning will start with yoga and meditation with Fionnuala from 10-11am. The exhibition will be available for people to pop in afterwards until 1.30pm. You can register for your free place on Eventbrite. The project will showcase and celebrate the stories of local people working on projects and programs for Earth care, People care, and Fair share. The stories will identify ways that local residents can actively engage in the climate conversation and showcase viable solutions for them to take action, support local, and make sustainable change. Speaking about the project, LK Howells, the project creator and lead says, ‘’The narrative around climate change is often scary and overwhelming. It’s important to remember that we are not going into this blind. We have an incredible network of people here in Ireland that are making, creating, advocating and designing solutions for a better future. This project is about promoting those people, sharing their stories and celebrating their solutions to inspire community-led climate action’’. The remaining exhibition launches and community celebrations will be held in Galway, Donegal and Kerry, in collaboration with partners Artlink, Climate Ambassadors, Essentially Eco, Leave No Trace, and SeaSynergy. Book tickets for the events on the website storiesofchange.ie or through Eventbrite Further information can be found on the following links Website - storiesofchange.ie Facebook - www.facebook.com/storiesofchange.ie Instagram - www.instagram.com/stories_of_change Linktree: - linktr.ee/storiesofchange Creative Climate Action Fund The Creative Climate Action Fund focuses on bringing a creative approach to illustrating and making the changes needed to fight climate change. Showcasing coastal light installations, pollinator walking routes, renewable energy-generating artworks, unique collaborations and much more, the 15 projects for 2022 were selected from an impressive 166 applications. Stories of Change is funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. You can find out about more about the fund and the other successful projects HERE.