Green future to go on show

A WEEKEND to show how a green future could look takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Co Down where sustainable and environmentally friendly living will be on the agenda.

The Green Living Experience has assembled a wide-ranging line-up of expert speakers and exhibitors who will be keen to hammer home the message that sustainable lifestyles are the way to go.

Among those turning up will be architect, TV presenter and conservationist Duncan Stewart, green economist Richard Douthwaite and Shane Wolsey from the British Trust for Ornithology.

Duncan Stewart will be discussing green options when building or changing a home, while Richard Douthwaite is due to speak on carbon quotas and the economics of climate change.

The event takes place at Castlewellan Forest Park in Co Down and has been billed as a “non-profit making” weekend, which will present “a sensory feast of sustainable living” over two days.

From growing vegetables to cooking a pie, introducing children to healthy-living to making honey, hundreds of activities and experienced are planned.

There will be eight zones in the green “village”, including a food zone, body and soul zone and a biodiversity zone.

Public forums will also run throughout both days.

“We want to make sustainability accessible, that’s all,” said an event spokesperson. “It is an easy concept to get your head round once you see the big picture — so here we are bringing the big picture and bringing it into focus.”

Two of the institutions represented during the weekend will be the New Economics Foundation and the Centre for Alternative Technology, both British-based, which have been promoting sustainability for more than 20 years.

The New Economics Foundation will be talking about the Economics of Happiness — Just how do we value wealth in our society?”, while the Centre for Alternative Technology is to describe what energy we will be using when the oil starts to run dry.

The event is being organised by Castlewellan Regeneration Ltd, with Michael Donnelly and Tara Haughian of sustainability organisation Second Nature and up to 30 volunteers.

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