Creative and artistic projects are being announced with the aim of engaging the public about the changes people will have to make to address climate change.

The projects include coastal light installations, reimagined Bord na Mona villages, decarbonisation projects and pop-up energy stores.

A fund of €2 million has been made available for the projects.

Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan said the creative and artistic sector has a role to play in communicating the story of climate change.

Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, he said the projects will allow artists, musicians and others to work with communities to see "how we can make the leap needed to deal with climate change".

The minister said that recent catastrophic climate events in North America and central Europe show the urgency of the situation.

Approaching climate change just as a "technocratic, scientific and economic story" would not appeal to people as much, he added.

Mr Ryan also said the initiative will be good for the artistic community and will help to get them back working.

Carbon Flux: An earlier project on a Co Offaly bog by artist Rachel Champion

Línte na Farraige is one of the creative projects. It will feature visual light installations across six Irish coastal sites in Co Dublin, Wexford and Galway.

The installations show illuminated horizontal lines that represent future sea levels and storm surges.

Another is called Field Exchange, featuring farm based creative events.

It aims to support farmers to implement agricultural practices that combat climate change both in and above the soil in Tipperary.