Research suggests our behaviour when we’re being watched is very different to when we’re acting unobserved. Could watchful eyes in our parks discourage littering, or even dog fouling?
Following on a UK campaign called ‘Communitrees’ by Hubbub, Galway City Council Environment Department are seeking workshop facilitators who will test this idea with local schools and youth groups, with funding from the Anti-Litter/ Anti-Graffiti fund 2018.
Young people in Galway City will be invited to contribute to a community art project to put ‘faces’ in trees, to discourage littering. They will work with an artist to develop their ideas, and will be encouraged to reuse materials for the faces. A map of the faces will be put together to encourage visitors. The location of the finished pieces is to be agreed, but will be public spaces, likely in parks at littering hotspots.
As a guide, it is anticipated that 10 workshops in total would be offered to 2-3 youth groups and 2-3 schools (2 workshops per group). The final faces and what they look like will be up to the young people, but ideally would include some elements of reuse/ circular economy. It is anticipated that the schools will be recruited in Sept 2018, with the project starting shortly thereafter.
Experience working with young people is essential.
Please contact Arlene Finn, European Green Leaf Coordinator, Galway City Council for more details.
Arlene.finn@Galwaycity.ie or 091 536 840.