'Prevention is better than cure' - linking our wellbeing with our environment

17 Nov 2011     Last updated: 8 Oct 2014

The Sustainability and Environmental policy forum, facilitated by NICVA's Vital Links project, is this month aiming to raise awareness of the inextricable link between the environment and sustainability and our physical and mental wellbeing.

In an effort to highlight this issue, the forum has invited a range of interesting speakers to discuss renewable and affordable energy at an event to be held on Tuesday 29 November from 9.30am to 12.00noon at NICVA.

In this event, the aim is to focus on how renewable energy and access to affordable energy is key for the wellbeing of all members of our community. The promotion of partnership working also needs to be high on the agenda, not only between voluntary and community sector organisations but also between the sector and government.

Speakers on the day will include Professor Christine Liddell from the University of Ulster and Andy McCrea, Chair of the Northern Ireland Environment Link. The event will be chaired by Professor Sue Christie, Chair of the Sustainability and Environmental Policy Forum and Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Environment Link.

Power NI has also been invited to deliver a presentation on new ideas of working and examples of best practice. There will also be the opportunity for round table discussions to examine new ways of working

Series of sustainability and environmental seminars

This is the first in a series of seminars focusing on the issues of renewable energy, food, water and transportation and will help voluntary and community organisations not directly involved in the environmental sector to recognise the connections between the environment and affordable energy and food, sustainable transport and physical wellbeing and mental health.

Using all resources efficiently, from energy to water to money, is increasingly vital, especially for those on constrained incomes. It is a proven fact that those on the lowest incomes suffer the most from poor quality environments, and are the most subject to problems such as floods, energy price increases and poor air quality. The ‘environment’ is not something ‘out there’ with little influence on our daily lives; it is fundamental to our health and wellbeing and needs to be recognised as such.

The events will explore how to think in broad terms to make these connections and find creative and integrative solutions to many diverse problems. ‘Prevention is better than cure’ when addressing any issue, not just health; by working now to prevent or at least minimise the impacts of problems we can save money as well as promote individual and societal wellbeing.  

... between groups and across sectors

By working together between groups and across sectors it is possible to devise and implement cost-effective and beneficial solutions to many of the major problems facing all people on a daily basis. Working in isolation can lead to duplication of effort, waste of resources and extra cost. If we are to develop innovative and effective solutions to these major problems we need to think in new ways and take advantage of the ideas from all sectors, working together to make everyone’s life better.

For further details on this event or to book a place visit www.nicva.org/events/sustainablility-and-environmental-policy-forum, or contact Patricia Stewart at [email protected] or call 028 9087 7777.




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