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Building capacity within community groups to take
positive actions to address the challenges of Climate Change

About the Project

The “Power to Change” project led by Atlantic Technological University in partnership with the Sligo Public Participation Network is funded under the Community Climate Action Programme.

The project will facilitate connection/reconnection with nature and build capacity within community groups to lead on change and consists of four initiatives. A key focus of the project is to engage with groups that have been under-represented in the Climate Conversations and will be guided by the principles of universal design for research to ensure inclusivity and accessibility. A repository of case studies, good practice guides, and a virtual learning environment will be developed to aid capacity building within community groups, and ultimately establish lasting connections and networks.

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Community Group Mentoring and Training Programme

What is it?

This initiative will provide communities with training, mentoring and guidance to create, implement and maintain operational climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

For more information on the initiative and how to get involved please contact Yvonne Lang at Yvonne.lang@atu.ie

Get Involved

What is the application procedure?

The training and mentoring programme will open a second call for expressions of interest in March 2024.

Please feel free to use the Community Climate Action Q & A Forum to submit any queries in the interim.


Have you any questions?

The purpose of  the Q & A Forum is to provide community groups with an opportunity to submit questions and queries related to climate action on topics ranging from development of project ideas, funding supports, grant applications and beyond.

Community Group Learning Resources

Please click on the icons below to learn more about each topic and access relevant resources.

The Broader Climate Action Programme

As well as the engaging communities element, the Power to Change also involves the following elements.

Develop a living and learning native woodland environment 

This initiative aims to develop an existing woodland resource and establish a living and learning environment, thereby raising awareness on the role of trees and woodlands in combating climate change and supporting biodiversity.

Establish an Education for
Sustainability Network

This initiative aims to establish Climate Education Clubs by developing links between schools and communities and assisting in the co-design of projects related to climate action and sustainability.

Educationally focused Sustainable Energy Community Sharing Environment

This initiative seeks to develop an innovative learning environment to help build Ireland’s capacity to construct resilient and sustainable energy communities. It is based on prototype, gaming style, learning environment.

Project News and Events

ATU Student Competition on Climate Action and Sustainability

Carraroe and District Regeneration Association (CADRA) are inviting students to assist them in the design of a rainwater harvesting system and a group logo. They are offering an award of €400 to the best concept design.

Students can enter as an individual or as a team and must submit a concept design. The concept design can be submitted as a drawing, presentation or video. Deadline for concept design submission is 12th April 2024.

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This project is part of the Community Climate Action Programme Strand 2 and is funded by the Government of Ireland through the
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

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