Listen back to Radio Kerry’s first programme in the ‘Ours to Protect’ series.


Join John O’Sullivan as he chats the series presenter Sari Houlihan about the series. They are joined by Mary Kiernan of Transition Kerry, an organisation which helps communities build resilience and leadership on biodiversity and climate action. They are currently working on an initiative to reduce food waste and have hosted talks and demonstrations on supporting biodiversity and they’ve worked with farmers to help them to understand soil health.

Kerry County Council Climate Action Co-Ordinator Alex Grassic joins the programme by phone to discuss the councils approach to climate action.

 And Dinny Galvin, farmer and member of the West Kerry Dairy Farmers Sustainable Energy Community also joins the panel to discuss the work of the group he is involved with. Their aim is to create a vibrant community of sustainable, energy efficient, dairy farmers in West Kerry and they’ve been exploring renewable energy sources such as putting solar PV panels on farm buildings which reduce costs and carbon emissions.

They’ve done a pilot project to see if the use of smart technology on farms could help reduce their carbon footprint and the findings were a reduced use of chemical fertiliser and better grass management which ultimately leads to less emissions.

Listen in every week at 10.45am in the Kerry Today programme to hear more episodes in this series.