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Making Waves in Glaslough

Making-Waves

Monaghan County Council’s Environmental Services and Glaslough Tidy Towns are delighted to announce that a unique not to be missed event will take place in the grounds of the Oakland Community Centre on Saturday night August 25th. The Riptide Movement will play a very special concert to reaffirm County Monaghan’s and Glaslough’s commitment to a sustainable litter-free environment.

The Making Waves concert aims to be zero waste to landfill, one of the first events in the Country to try and achieve this. The Riptide Movement are “on board” so to speak with this approach. They are currently undertaking a concert tour, in collaboration with Clean Coasts Ireland, to raise awareness of the effects of littering, especially plastic littering, is having on our marine and freshwater environments.

Speaking of the reasons behind doing the Coast to Coast Irish Tour and their upcoming concert in Glaslough, lead singer Mal Tuohy said:

‘We’re honoured that our music will help raise awareness to one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, our reliance on single-use plastics is destroying our oceans and freshwater environments, a reality so poignantly highlighted by David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2. Let’s make a real difference and stem the tide of plastic by banning single-use plastics, introducing deposit refund schemes, implementing extended producer responsibility laws and by getting involved and supporting the great work carried out by organisations like Clean Coasts and Tidy Towns committees such as Glaslough. As the saying goes ‘there are plenty more fish in the sea’ but if we can’t stem the tide of plastic, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, ‘Plastic Oceans’ is a legacy no one wants to leave behind…..the future is in our hand”

According to Nial O’Connor, Environmental Services, Monaghan County Council; “Firstly, this event is about having fun. The Riptide Movement are a great Irish band and we look forward to welcoming them to Glaslough. An outdoor concert, in the beautiful surroundings of Glaslough village, at end of summer will be a great night’s entertainment. Secondly, we want to demonstrate with the support of The Riptide Movement that music events don’t have to “cost the earth.” Our intention, is to have a zero waste to landfill event, we will achieve this by using bioplastic and recycled plastic glasses in the bar area, having water bottle filling stations, sustainable transport from Monaghan Town and with the support of Glaslough Tidy Towns there will be litter control and waste segregation measures on the site. Furthermore, before the Making Waves concert, we will have an exhibition area comprising of some environmental campaigns including Greener Glaslough, #2minuteclean up, Junk Kouture, Dirt Dozen, Recycling Ambassadors Programme and Community Reuse Network, so that we can engage with concertgoers on environmental issues in a fun but meaningful way.

Tickets for the show are priced €18 (early bird price) and are available from the Making Waves website and from Glaslough Community Centre.

 

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