Today Ballina has launched its ambition to secure the title of Ireland’s Greenest Town.
Last March, at the 5th International Human Rights Lecture held in the Mary Robinson Centre in the Ballina, Ballina Chamber of Commerce pledged to make Ballina Ireland’s Greenest Town.
Covid 19 delayed the project plans, but has not dampened the ambition and today’s launch sets out how the town hopes to achieve its goal.
The Agenda for Ballina, Ireland’s Greenest Town project is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will be guided by those principles as they apply to the town and region, as well as working alongside the Mary Robinson Centre and other stakeholders.
Already, there is a unanimous agreement that the people of the town want to enhance the presentation, cleanliness and biodiversity of Ballina. It is envisaged that this project will not have a completion date but will be a continual process over the next 20 years with continuous review and reassessment of the goals and results.
Gerry Luskin, President of Ballina Chamber explained to Midwest News today that amid the hard work and achievements of business and community groups in the area during Covid 19, they have now identified this project as a key objective for the town. He believes that together with the recent launch of Ballina 2023, marking 300 years of the formal establishment of Ballina, a vision and unique legacy for the town will be achieved.
At today’s launch he outlined the cross community effort that will be required to make Ballina Ireland’s Greenest Town. Businesses, the local authority, schools and education providers, community groups, will all be working alongside the Mary Robinsons Centre, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a foundation for the project.