About the Exhibition
Ireland has a strong history of effecting change for the better. In 1929 the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme went into operation, just five years after it was proposed to the government of the Irish Free State. It supplied electricity to the whole of Ireland and changed lives in the West using one of our most ubiquitous resources: water. The artist Sean Keating painted its development, showing politics, lives, technology and a way to the future. A very modern and innovative promotion campaign on the positive effects of the change on the lives of the community facilitated this massive transformation of Ireland to a modern economy.
Today our challenge is even larger: how to cope with global warming and the existential threat it poses. How can we change from a dependence on nonrenewable resources to a future that stops destroying the planet but copes with exploding energy needs and how can we get behavioural change making us less dependent on slow top down edicts.
The Shannon Estuary can play a leading role in the switch to renewable energy and more climate friendly ways of living and doing business. With its floating wind generation, new sites for clean energy industries such as hydrogen and solar power, together with the potential for wave power it has the potential to be the premier location in Ireland for offshore renewable energy. Supply of Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy should be on stream through the Estuary by 2030. But this needs a community recognising the intrinsic value of change and able to support the interim disruption and need for building of roads, housing, schools and services which will feel counter intuitive, much like the creation of Ardnacrusha and the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme did in the 1920’s.
The ESB had a massive benefits advertising campaign, Sean Keating painted our future, the Community became the advocates.
The role of the Hunt Museum in Climate Action is to make use of its access to communities (artists, mental health groups, youth groups, schools, academia, regeneration, local government, activist and action groups, companies delivering change) and bring them together to curate an interactive experiential exhibition that provokes conversation and action on the subject of Climate Action and Change. The exhibition will be co-created by companies involved in alternative energy supply and technology, local communities and contemporary artists interpreting the science and facts, translating the fears and aspirations. The ambition is to get buy-in for the future while changing behaviours in the present.
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