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Over the last number of years, Cultivate has placed particular emphasis on appropriate responses to the twin issues of peak oil and climate change. These issues are emblematic of the problems we are facing, problems whose root cause lies in our culture's unsustainable behaviours. We recognise that the threat of climate change and peak oil could act as a catalyst towards sustainability moving us to more fulfilling and ecological lifestyles that place higher value on community and the local economy.

Certificate in Digital Manufacturing and Innovation

digi-manuMarch 2015 - August 2015 | WeCreate, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary | Credits: 40 credits Special Purpose Award | Cost: Programme is free for eligible candidates | Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone WeCreate at 0505 36026 | More details: SpringBoard website | Poster (PDF)

Limerick Institute of Technology and the WeCreate Enterprise Centre have created this programme to provide students with the opportunity to gain technical skills in electronics and embedded systems and combine these with business, innovation and digital manufacturing knowledge.

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Climate. Culture. Change Film Series

alt April, May, June 2012 | Filmbase | Dublin

Provocative films and discussions highlighting the social dimension of climate change in the lead-up to Rio +20. 

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All You Need to Know about Climate Change


A four week workshop with Gavin Harte that explorers the science, causes, impacts and responses to climate change

Thursdays 25 March to 15 April | 7.30 – 9pm | €60 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2 | 20% discount for Cultivate Members | To book call: 01-6745773

In a recent European poll on attitudes to climate change, nearly half of all Irish people said the Government and businesses are not doing enough to tackle it. Yet in our personal lives we still do not or will not change our behaviour to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Lunchtime Seminar on Carbon Taxing


Costing Carbon: Just a Tax or a New Economic Order?

Thursday 19 November | 1 pm |  Cultivate, The Greenhouse, 17 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2 | Admission €free | Sandwiches and coffee sponsored by Sheridans Cheesemongers

There's going to be a carbon tax in the Budget… Is this the end of the beginning of pricing carbon in our economy?  How can the cost of carbon work in our economic system? Is it about changing behaviour or does it offer new ways to re-distribute wealth between rich and poor? Will we all live off carbon rations?  Will we be able to trade them?  Will this give Malawi its first advantage over the US?

This seminar is a must for policy makers, journalists and analysts who want to understand the possibilities of this new economic force.

The speakers are: Minister Eamon Ryan; Richard Douthwaite, Economist; Paul Harris, Bank of Ireland Global Markets and Sue Scott, ERSI.

Brought to you by: Cultivate and Dublin Friends of the Earth.  For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 086-1744938

The Age of Stupid Screening

The Age of Stupid Screening

Saturday 25th April | 8pm film and social gathering til late | €5 | Cultivate Centre 

The new four-year epic from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? 

A Green New Deal: Ireland in Transition

Friday 24th April 2009 | 19.30 – 21.00 | Cultivate Centre | €15 / €10 concessions (€Free with your Rethinking or Transition Gathering ticket)

This lecture explores the possibility of a Green New Deal for Ireland. 
The speakers include Colin Hines who first developed the idea in the report “A Green New Deal” published in UK in July 2008.  Also on the panel are John Barry, Queens University, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Peadar Kirby, Professor of International Politics and Public Policy, University of Limerick and Paul Allen, Outreach Director at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales and author of the ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ report. This event will be facilitated by Brendan Halligan, Board Chairperson of Sustainable Energy Ireland, CEO of CIPA Consulting and former General Secretary of the Labour Party.

The economic model of a Green New Deal, advanced by many including Barack Obama, would see millions of jobs created by investing in renewable energy sources, making homes and transport more energy efficient and introducing a range of measures to reduce our carbon emissions. 

Rethinking Technology in Education


Rethinking Technology in Education

POSTPONED until early '09 - Science Gallery, TCD

Exploring the use of ICT, e-learning and new media as education tools in the light of climate change.  Chaired by John Gibbon. Opened by Minister Eamon Ryan

Organised by Cultivate in Association with the Science Gallery

Rethinking Education


Rethinking Education In Light of Climate Change

Exploring the education and training we will need to reduce carbon emissions and build local resilience

Friday 28 November 2008 - 9.00am - 5.00pm - € FREE - Cultivate Centre

What’s it all about? Practitioners will:

• Explore the education and training that is needed to support the reduction of carbon emissions and build local resilience

• Exchange ideas and models for building a more sustainable future.

The day includes presentations from Dr Angela Espinosa, University of Hull, Dr Stephen Sterling, Centre for Sustainable Futures - University of Plymouth, Margaret Kelly, Department of Education, Professor Peadar Kirby, University of Limerick, Gavin Harte, ESD Training Ltd., Elaine Nevin, ECO-UNESCO, Dr. John Barry, Queens University - Belfast and Davie Philip, Cultivate / Sustainable Projects Ireland.

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Cultivate's Rethink Tank - Electric Picnic 2008

rethinktank 2008 29-31 August | The climate is changing … will you?

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Cultivate‘s rethinktank will be the place in the Global Green at the Electric Picnic to relax and be inspired with cutting edge short films, talks, debates, exhibits and art that will inform and entertain you. Slowdown and take in some good organic food, subtle beats, and reflect on a better world.

At the hub of the Global Green in the rethinktank, Cultivate presents:

Electric Picnic 2008Rethink.. the future and the way we live.

Redress.. ideas for ethical fashion.

Reform.. the latest in eco-design.

Re-engage.. artists and designers come together around critical issues.

The Carbon Confession Box.. calculate your carbon footprint and relieve your carbon conscience by confessing your carbon sins.

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DIY Off Grid Power Supplies using Micro wind and Solar PV

Sunday 9 March 08 | 10am - 5pm | €100 (16 places)

This workshop is intended to be an introduction to the subject and is aimed at novices who wish to set up their own off- grid power supplies using micro-wind, solar photovoltaic panels or other forms of renewable energy. The workshop has evolved somewhat in the last year and now concentrates on an examination of basic principles and the equipment which is available.  There is a small amount of practical work. It is recommended that workshop participants bring a notebook and a calculator.  While maths is kept to a minimum, it is an intrinsic part of the workshop and of understanding how electrical systems work. Level of maths required: ability to add divide, multiply and subtract – about primary school level!

Some course notes will be available in advance. (More below...)

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DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

How to make your own high performance solar panel

Sunday 2 March 08 | 10am - 5pm | Early Bird €100 until 10 Feb (€120 thereafter & NOTE: ONLY 12 places)

This workshop will look at how to make a high quality solar panel out of recycled materials. Contrary to popular perception, solar panels are not hard to make and the basic materials may cost as little as €50.00. The type of panel featured in this workshop will have the capability to heat water to 50 degrees Celsius as early in the year as February and to over 70 degrees on a regular basis during the summer.

By the end of the workshop, a fully operational - and very professional looking - solar panel will have been built, weather-proofed, mounted and plumbed in.  There are many opportunities for workshop participants to develop their practical skills and use the various hand tools. Course numbers are restricted to 12 places in order to facilitate this.  (See below... )

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Author Fred Pearce: "Water- the defining crisis of the 21st Century. How should we respond?"

Friday 19th October | 7.30pm | Cultivate Centre | €10 

Progressio Ireland and Cultivate invite you to a presentation and discussion with Fred Pearce, world renowned environment journalist and writer. 

Fred Pearce is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV, with interview credits that include Radio 4's Today Programme, Richard and Judy, and the Open University. He is former news editor at New Scientist and currently that magazine's environment and development consultant. Fred also writes for Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History.

His books include Earth Then and Now, When the Rivers Run Dry, The Last Generation, Keepers of the Spring, Turning Up the Heat, and Deep Jungle

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Dublin Culture Night - Cultivate Open Late

Fair Trade Tea, Films and a Public Interview with Albert Bates
Friday 14th September | Open til 10pm | Free

For more see:

  • Enjoy a Fair Trade tea or coffee in our eco shop
  • Explore  the learning garden
  • Check out the gallery
  • Relax in the ‘Powerdown Lounge’ with creative short films and animations on critical issues.
  • At 8pm there will be a live public interview with a very special guest form the US, Albert Bates. Albert is an influential figure in the intentional community and ecovillage movements. A lawyer, author and teacher, he is author of many books including Climate in Crisis (1990). His latest book is the Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times. In it Bates examines the transition from a society based on cheap abundant petroleum to one of "compelled conservation". The book looks at the ways of preparing for this transition. He regards the coming changes as an opportunity to "redeem our essential interconnectedness with nature and with each other".

Communicating Sustainability through the Lens of Climate Change

An Evening with FUTERRA’s Solitaire Townsend

Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | €20
Pre-booking advised: (01) 674 5773

For NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, and interested members of the public:

Sometimes “sustainability” can be a hard package to sell. The climate related events and activity we have witnessed over the past year have moved this to the forefront of public awareness. Any adequate response to Climate Change is going to involve every aspect of our lives. As challenging as the future may now appear, we now have the opportunity to link the sustainability agenda firmly to public awareness and policy change.  Find out how at this event!

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A Cooler Earth - at The Electric Picnic

Cultivate Presents 'A Cooler Earth' at The Electric Picnic

31st Aug - 2nd September | Find us behind the Main Stage

Talks, displays, debates, installations, carbon confession box, films and fun. 

CoolEarth Fair at Festival of World Cultures in Dún Laoghaire

Climate Change  •  Energy  •  Nature
Sat / Sun 25th & 26th August | Concourse | County Hall | 11am – 6pm | Free

This year, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Environment Department, in association with Cultivate, are proud to present CoolEarth; a weekend eco-fair that  showcases contemporary and innovative solutions for a changing world. Part of this year's Festival of World Cultures.

At CoolEarth you will be able to shop for eco goods, research your green building and renewable energy needs, listen to a talk, watch a film or relax in the café.

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