St Patricks GAA Green Clubs Programme – Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler, Jennifer Chambers, Sammi Chang and Niall Chambers pictured at St Patrick’s GAA club at the launch of the programme. Picture: Keith Wiseman
St Patricks GAA join Green Clubs Programme to help the environment
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald
St Patrick’s GAA club will work with the GAA, Regional Waste Management Offices, and Limerick City and County Council to develop guidelines and share knowledge on how to manage waste in GAA Clubs as part of the Green Clubs Programme.
The final stage of the project will be to develop a waste management toolkit, which will be made available to GAA clubs across the country.
Welcoming the initiative, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler said, “I would like to thank St Patrick’s GAA club for embarking on this GAA Green Clubs initiative. Preventing waste is the key to waste management and an important climate action. I am delighted to support St Patrick’s by ‘gifting’ them 50 reusable bottles and 50 reusable cups to distribute within their club as part of this initiative.”
Speaking on behalf of St Patrick’s GAA Club, Sammi Chang said, “St Patrick’s GAA has hundreds of members and we are a huge part of the community here in Rhebogue. We are delighted to be part of this national GAA Green Clubs programme and look forward to helping clubs to identify and implement simple measures to protect our natural heritage and secure a sustainable future for all our local communities.”
Sinead Mc Donnell, Environment Awareness Officer, Limerick City and County Council said it’s wonderful to see a local club embracing reuse for waste prevention. “This is a great example of a local climate action and is in line with the sustainability goals around sustainable cities and communities, around responsible production and consumption, climate action and life on land. We look forward to clubs around Ireland learning as a result of the hard work of St Patrick’s GAA club here in Limerick.”
The Green Club Programme is structured around five main ideas: energy, water, waste, biodiversity, and travel and transport.
— GAA Learning Portal (@GAAlearning) March 29, 2021
The programme is a partnership between the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and local authorities across Ireland.
This partnership has its origins in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champions Programme launched by the Department of Communication, Climate Action, and Environment in September 2019.
The Green Club Working Group, composed of representatives of local authority Climate Action Regional Offices (CARO) and of the three main Gaelic Games organisations as well as club delegates, met for the first time in February 2020. In March 2020, a Green Club questionnaire was issued with the dual purpose of gathering volunteer sentiment on the sustainability challenges and opportunities in Gaelic Games clubs and of inviting expressions of interest in participation in Phase 1 of the Green Club programme.
The GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association are committed to providing through the Green Club programme the leadership, education and guidance to transform the commitment and passion of individuals into a national programme with the potential for powerful behavioural, material and infrastructural change.
The programme will help clubs to identify and implement simple measures to protect our natural heritage and secure a sustainable future for our local communities.
The Green Club Programme provides coherence between the national and local in the development of a community-based programme that is not only consistent with but that will also advance the objectives and principles set at governmental, European and UN levels.
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