Launch of Sustainable Development Week

By Dan Walsh

European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) was officially launched by An Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council, Cllr George Lawlor and Cllr Mary Farrell, Chair of the Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment Strategic Policy Committee at County Hall, Wexford.

Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach, said; “I am delighted to officially launch Sustainable Development Week and for County Wexford to be part of this European wide initiative. This week is all about promoting all types of events that promote sustainability. Everyone is encouraged to take part from individuals to communities and tidy towns groups to businesses. We can all play our part in a more sustainable society.”
Cllr Mary Farrell said; “Many community groups have already taken the lead in promoting more sustainable activities through beach and town clean ups and reducing our waste and use of plastics. I would encourage all groups and individuals to get involved.” 
Clare Kelly, Climate Officer with Wexford County Council, stated; “There are a range of interesting presentations and outdoor activities organised to address the themes outlined in the goals. We are very fortunate in county Wexford to have enthusiastic voluntary groups including sustainable energy communities who are all working towards a more sustainable future.”

Launch of European Sustainable Development Week at County Hall (Pic; Wexford County Council)

It takes place from September 18th to October 8th with the main core of activities from September 20-26th September and will link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
The Sustainable Development Goals are interlinked goal to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.  European Sustainable Development Week is a European-wide initiative to promote and make visible activities, projects, and events that encourage sustainable development. 
To view the full programme of events taking place please visit www.esdw.eu

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