Climate Action Talk - What can we do?


Join the audience for this great panel of speakers to hear discussions on the effects of climate change and what can really be achieved between now and 2050. This event is for all ages, young and old, and will focus on how we in Galway, and Ireland, can play our part in smart Climate Action by adapting our daily lives, our country’s economy, and our plans for the next 30 years.

Icelandic climate activist and author Andri Snær Magnason will use personal stories (including grandmothers and glaciers!) to ask whether cutting carbon emissions to zero by 2050 is really possible, and how we can avoid running out of time for real action on climate change.


Popular television personality, award-winning architect, and environmental and conservation advocate, Duncan Stewart will ask how Galway’s citizens can lessen the impact of climate change and suggest ways to adapt.


The panel will also include:

  • Kathryn Tierney, European Commission Directorate-General for Environment on new plans of the incoming European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, for a ‘Green Deal for Europe’.
  • Hildegarde Naughton TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee will speak about recent achievements and future plans for climate action Ireland.
  • Joanna Donnelly, meteorologist at Met Éireann and RTÉ
  • Professor Charles Spillane, Director of NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute, and an expert on sustainable crop production with a changing climate.



  • The panel will take questions from audience members, young and old, and expert and non-expert, on how we can play our part by adopting smart Climate Action initiatives as part of our daily lives, our country’s economy, and our plans for the next 30 years.
  • Even if you cannot attend this special event, you can send us your questions in advance by visiting the Galway Science and Technology Festival Facebook page. We especially invite questions from children. We will select Facebook questions for the panel.


The event will be moderated by NUI Galway environmental biotechnologist, Dr. Gavin Collins and supported by Creative Ireland.







Lecture Theatre, Human Biology Building, NUI Galway (Blue Zone)


2 hrs


Age 10+