You know the way you look forward to taking time out for a café rendezvous with friends where, over strong tea and sweet pastries, you proceed to talk about everything. And nothing. The sheer indulgence of it. Throw away stories. Small town scandal. Plans for the weekend.
Occasionally someone tosses an idea into the ether and, against all the odds, it takes traction, insists on dominating. The tea was pouring strong and a tad on the cool side when the words “transition towns” and Wexford were mentioned in the one breath. And the conversation turned, in an instant, from the frivolous to the serious.
Over a fresh pot we heard how the initiative known as Transition Towns can transform towns and neighbourhoods. Why not Wexford? The process starts with looking at what, as a community, you have got, how this can be improved upon and how, with a little foresight, you can ensure that you are prepared for whatever lies further along the tracks. We realised as the conversation progressed that we were talking of nothing less than the future-proofing of Wexford. And if it works in Wexford town why not New Ross, Enniscorthy and Gorey?
The launch of Future-Proof Wexford takes place at Wexford Library 7.30pm, Tuesday, September 8. The purpose of this event is to introduce the concept to Wexford and to highlight its importance. The guest speaker on the occasion is Davie Philip of the organization Cultivate and one of those behind the Cloughjordan Eco-village. He will outline the importance globally, and the benefits locally, of ‘future-proofing Wexford’. This will be a catalyst to launching the initial projects, which involve providing (1) A practical service to help with installation and maintenance of rainwater harvesting devices and (2) A service to assist householders to make good compost.
Following the launch the plan is to organise a short calendar of follow-up events to build further interest in the subject. Among those events planned for the future are a home-grown BBQ at the in late September, transition-themed films, talks, workshops with local community/environmental/heritage organisations. Wexford already has a very dynamic and successful Tidy Towns group. Future-Proof Wexford is also about bringing people together to show what can be achieved by working together.
The process of future-proofing Wexford is not about creating another organization to make it all happen, it is about getting existing organisations, groups and individuals to do what they can to nudge us along in the right direction. The project is about saving money and the Earth’s resources and, more specifically, helping to ‘Future–proof the Model County’.