Thousands of free energy-saving lightbulbs will be handed out at one of Northern Ireland’s biggest green dates this September.
Everything from ancient crafts to renewable energy will be showcased at the LifestyleGreen Show at Castle Espie near Comber on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September — along with a food area featuring live music, a craft marquee, health and well-being marquee and Fairtrade fashion show.
Sponsors NIE Energy will be handing out free energy-saving lightbulbs while stocks last and other freebies include a free tree sapling from the Forest Service to help offset the carbon expended on each journey to the centre.
Children can watch a giant willow spider being woven and will be able to join in a green treasure hunt, candle making and much more.
Talks and debates on ethical living and the opportunity to learn old skills will be complemented by live music, face painting and craft-making.
Event organiser Gill McNeill said: “The unique event aims to draw members of the general public who may not normally be attracted to green events.
“It's time to do something positive and I believe dedicated eco-events like this create an educational and captivating platform to do just that. The show will offer the opportunity to participate, debate and leave with more than food for thought about how, individually and collectively, we can all mitigate the dire consequences of runaway climate chaos and become part of the change for a better future.”
Wilma Stewart from NIE Your Energy said: “NIE Your Energy will be joining forces with a range of other renewable and energy saving organisations to host the NIE Your Energy marquee.
“Reducing your carbon footprint, or in other words reducing your impact on the planet and climate change, is in the news a lot these days. Visitors to the NIE Your Energy marquee can find out how we can help them reduce the size of their footprint.
“As a starting point, NIE Your Energy will be giving out thousands of free energy saving bulbs to visitors to the Show. We will also have details of grants and schemes to help with the cost of things like household insulation, helping people reduce their energy use and therefore their carbon footprint.”