In November 2019, MaREI organized a Climate Hack as part of Science Week, in collaboration with the Dingle Hub. It involved a two-hour workshop with fourth and fifth year students in the three secondary schools on the Dingle Peninsula; Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Coláiste Íde and Meanscoil Nua an Leith-Triúigh.
The overall aim of the exercise was to capture the key concerns of young people in the area. By giving them usable information and asking them to assume the role of a town planner, an interesting insight was gained into what parts of the energy transition they viewed as most important and their perceptions of the various solutions available
The Climate Hack also gave an important opportunity to highlight to young people the ongoing work to develop an energy master plan for the area as well as a number of exciting initiatives around; transport, bioenergy, co-operative ownership structures and sustainable farming.
A second Climate Hack was organized on-line during Science Week 2020.