Cocreating the Ecopolis

We are delighted to invite you to join us for our series of Permaculture in the City Interventions, discussions and Potluck Picnics, exploring different thematics in Cocreating the Ecopolis.

At this month’s event on May 25th Sat 2-5pm we wish to celebrate National Biodiversity Week, exploring the ideas of a ‘Lush’ City, and cocreating biocultural diversity and habitats conducive to life, where ourselves, together with all species can flourish and thrive.

‘Lush’ Biodiversity Week Event 2019-
Native Wild flower Seed Bomb and Permaculture Workshops and Potluck Picnic at Parkavera, Galway Canal

Dictionary definition:
lush (lʌʃ) adjective (of vegetation) growing luxuriantly;
synonyms: luxuriant, rich, abundant, superabundant, profuse, exuberant, riotous, prolific, teeming, flourishing, thriving, vigorous

Our workshops aim to explore the possibilies for the Lush City, Wildflower See Bombing and the role of Permaculture, nature and biodiversity friendly farming and cooperative community practices in creating healthy hospitable places to live. Workshops include a Permaculture workshop with Jimmy.. and a workshop making Wildflower Seed Bombs with Luke…

please feel free to bring along and share in some locally grown organic food for Potluck Picnic before the workshops 2-3pm

Come along and join us in our City Centre Canal gardening space and permaculture project farming demo with the local COMMUNITY.

“Better farming practices aren’t just about producing food without chemicals; regenerative agriculture is all about engaging in a process that actually gives back to the earth and the wider community of life, creating home and habitat for all, leaving it in a better condition.”

Farming and food production in Ireland entails a land use with devestating biodiversity impacts and there is a special focus on food and health this year Biodiversity Week , our events involves championing regenerative practices that supports all life including pollinators (bees, bats and butterflies) in biodiversity rich gardening and city spaces such as ours.

Pollination specialist Prof Jane Stout said one in every three species of bee in Ireland was threatened with extinction, with 50 per cent continuing to see population decline, and said the worrying decline was at a higher rate in Ireland than in mainland Europe.

‘Farming practices and urbanisation have placed insect world in acute danger,’ says Irish president ahead of World Bee Day

President Michael D Higgins has joined the call for action saying:
“Humanity depends on pollinators. They are vital to the global food chain. “ we must acknowledge that our actions – including farming practices, urbanisation, land management, environmental pollution and the climate crisis – have placed our insect world in acute danger,” in a recent statement to mark World Bee Day.

More than 90 per cent of protected habitats are classified as being of “unfavourable conservation status”…
The NPWS says… ‘the factors contributing to the declines include agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, and the ambitious growth targets set for these sector by the Foodwise 2025 strategy, in combination with the lack of sufficient environmental safeguards,
Decline in bees, butterflies and other insects “has largely resulted from the effect of monoculture and the drive to ever higher levels of productivity characterised also by a loss or neglect of hedgerows, farmland edges and scrub”, a recent NPWS report to UN Convention on Biodiversity concludes.

We are delighted to share this opportunity to showcase the many benefits of our Permaculture – pocket gardens and organic and regenerative demonstration food growing project, which are not just healthier and more beneficial for ourselves but are also key contributors to the health and biodiversity well being of the wider community of life around us.

Talk on Permaculture by Jimmy Arnold.

He studied ecology in University of Utah and spent a summer living a permaculture lifestyle. Many years
gardening with his mom he has educated himself in permaculture principles and design.
I have two years of teaching experience in the coffee industry. Those years were spent creating and teaching classes about coffee from agriculture to economics and finally roasting and brewing. My next step is to work in education for a botanical garden.

Seed Bomb work shop.. With Luke Goodall.. Lots of Wildflower seeds will be available.. With thanks to Sandro Calafola.. Together with compost and clay..

“Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.” – Vandana Shiva, Regeneration International Co-Founder

The time is upon us to take to heart the call for radical awakening and to apply all our practice, skills, and what wisdom and compassion we have to the task at hand, which is protecting Mother Nature and her myriad beings while ensuring a liveable planet for our children, grandchildren and the generations to come.

“BirdWatch Ireland and the Irish Wildlife Trust have joined with An Taisce in calling on the Government to move quickly to arrest “a species extinction crisis in Ireland”.

Biodiversity loss and climate change must be tackled together while habitat restoration could assist with climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as helping restore populations of threatened wildlife, they added.” should CVG organise ourselves to add weight to this call for immediate action?

Humanity is rapidly destroying the natural world upon which our prosperity – and ultimately our survival – depends, according to a landmark United Nations assessment of the state of Nature.

“A rising crescendo of warnings about collapsing biodiversity has culminated this week with the release of a blockbuster United Nations report that shows almost every aspect of natural life to be in decline worldwide, as a result of human activity. Behind the alarming headlines — such as 1m out of an estimated 8m living species being at risk of extinction — lies a complex web of causes that takes in climate change and extends far beyond it.

As the UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) shows, the size and complexity of the environmental crisis make it hard to tackle coherently on the global level. Yet the world must act, because the degradation of nature is not just an aesthetic or spiritual shame. It directly threatens human health and prosperity — for example through the loss of insects that pollinate crops worth billions of dollars a year and fish stocks on which hundreds of millions of people depend for nutritious food.

The next big date for agreeing global action will be the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting scheduled for October 2020 in Beijing”

Vast areas of Earth have been degraded by human activity…

We want to help manifest a local movement and join thousands who are building Ecosystem Restoration Camps to restore lands to ecological health and vitality.”

We are a growing, grassroots movement of everyday people dedicated to restoring degraded land.