Change: Creating A New Reality

Covid 19 has forced us all to drastically change our lives. We want to know what this experience of change has meant for you – your new reality. We’re asking people to share a representation of your experience. We’re open to all creative mediums: you can submit a short poem, a photo, a drawing, a painting, a video, a comedy sketch…..whatever you choose. This art competition is funded by an Irish Aid Development Education grant. It is open to adults and children of all ages. The different age categories for participants are: Junior: 5-8; Intermediate: 9-13 years; Adolescent: 14-17 years; Adult: 18+

These experiences of change will be a springboard for us to discuss how we could all change our lives to confront the second emergency we are facing: the climate crisis. There will be uncomfortable changes for all of us, but also rewarding discoveries.

We are launching the competition on 20th July 2020 and it will close on Friday 9th October 2020. Please email your written submission (if a poem etc) or a photo of your artwork to

We will be organising a public event (most likely online) in the autumn with the winners of the competition and members of the public to discuss how we can all take action to create a new reality for ourselves in our post climate change, post Covid world. We will discuss the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals and question where they fit in the context of behavioural change. Do they fit at all?

Winners will be announced on our social media and website in late October. 

As Anaïs Nin said, “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.” 

So let’s change, and recreate our world. We look forward to receiving your entry! Good luck!

Build Solid Ground

EWB Ireland is a partner in the Build Solid Ground (BSG) project funded by the European Union which is being carried out by 14 partners, in 7 countries over 3 years. Programme countries include Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the UK.

BSG is funded by the European Union – Development Education and Awareness Raising (EU DEAR) program (EuropeAid/151103/DH/ACT/Multi) to inform and actively engage EU citizens in actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities at home and abroad. Particular attention is given to Land & Property Rights, Gender Equality, Slum Upgrading, Migration & Displacement, and Climate Change.

EWB Ireland in partnership with the DTC Research Group in DIT are running a series of workshops, conferences and talks in Ireland and across Europe, and developing a set of Toolkits on Nature-Based Solutions for resilient cities and communities in the face of climate change.

EWB Ireland will raise awareness through its outreach programme in schools, colleges, businesses and community groups, along with the ongoing Where There Is No Engineer (WTINE) competition.

ARCC2030 – Achieving Resilient Cities & Communities

The cities and communities of the 21st Century face huge challenges in coping with climate change, energy demands, water and wastewater supply together with food and health considerations.

ARCC – Achieving Resilient Cities & Communities is a series of one-day conferences and workshops jointly hosted by DTC Research Group and EWB Ireland, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The first event took place in Dublin, Ireland in October 2018, followed by Ljubljana, Slovenia (ARCC2019) and future events will take place in Barcelona (ARCC2020)

These events are part of the European Union (EU) development education and awareness raising (DEAR) program (EuropeAid/ 151103/ DH/ ACT/ Multi) and the “Build Solid Ground Campaign” which aims to inform and actively engage EU citizens in actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.