- Watch full video of the Climate Conversations event, 20 April
- Attend the final Climate Conversation: ‘The Call to New Horizons’ taking place at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 10 May 2015
- Learn more about Trócaire’s Climate Justice work
The Dail is on the verge of passing an extremely weak Climate Change Bill that has no specific carbon reduction targets. But it’s not too late for you to intervene.
This is an absolutely critical time for climate change action in Ireland.
It is vital that we now put pressure on members of the Oireachtas Environment Committee to ensure we get a strong, effective climate bill.
Your lobbying to-date has been heard.
We’ve already seen TDs from across the Dail bringing attention to weaknesses in the bill.
On Tuesday 10th February, Trócaire, together with Stop Climate Chaos organised a hugely successful mass lobby event on Ireland's Climate Bill. This event was organised to pressure our politicians to pass a much stronger bill than currently exists. Watch the video from the mass lobby event to see that your lobbying does work.
(To see more impact, read our blog on the mass lobby event)
But so far the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly TD, has not listened to the concerns of his colleagues.
What can you do NOW?
As the bill goes to committee stage, we now need to be loud and clear in letting the Oireachtas Environment Committee know what’s at stake.
We need to ask the Oireachtas Environment Committee to support crucial amendments to the bill. Read the amendments here: http://tinyurl.com/k5emkar
Please tweet or email the committee members to send a clear message- demanding that they show leadership on this issue!
Will you show leadership and strengthen #climatebill at Environ. Committee? Amendments here: http://tinyurl.com/k5emkar
Please use your voice on Environ. Committee to strengthen #climatebill. Amendments here: http://tinyurl.com/k5emkar
TD Contact details:
- Prophetic Voices - Climate Conversations 2015 session IV
- Music Room, Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
- Monday 20 April, 7-8:30pm followed by refreshments and conversations until 9:30pm.
- Register to attend event on Eventbrite
Live streaming of event:
- If you can't make it to Dublin on the night, the event will also be broadcast live at: www.climategathering.org/climate-conversations-2015.
- Webcast viewers can submit questions on Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateConversations – a selection of questions from tweeters will be put to the panel on the night.
- For further information on the climate conversations series to go www.climategathering.org and follow The Climate Gathering on Facebook.
- If you have any queries about the Prophetic Voices event, please contact Cliona Sharkey: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To find out more about Ireland and Climate Change, watch Trócaire’s new short documentary ‘Drop in the Ocean?’
- Irish Times article: 'Trócaire programme brings climate change into the classroom' (17 March 2015)
- Trócaire has a wide range of Climate Justice learning resources, videos and images for use in classrooms.
- Find out more about our Climate Justice campaign and how you can get involved.
- Watch our recap video from the Climate Change Challenge Weekend.
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was the guest speaker of our annual Lenten Lecture held in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, on Thursday 5th March 2015.
His lecture was entitled 'Integral ecology and the horizon of hope: concern for the poor and for creation in the ministry of Pope Francis'
Watch a recording of Cardinal Turkson's Lenten Lecture:
Cardinal Peter Turkson shares some thoughts on Trócaire’s work on climate justice and how care of the earth has a spiritual value for Christians:
Dr Lorna Gold, Head of Policy and Advocacy in Trócaire gave a reflection on ‘Integral Ecology’ in response to Cardinal Peter Turkson's Lecture.
Caption: clockwise from top left Paul Connaughton, Galway East TD, Fine Gael; Eoghan Murphy, Dublin South East TD, Fine Gael; Mick Wallace, Wexford TD, Independent; and Mary Lou McDonald, Dublin Central TD, Sinn Fein, were among the many TDs who attended the Climate Bill lobbying session in Buswell's Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 10 February. Photos: Alan Whelan/Trócaire.
What TDs have been saying about the Climate Bill
'I wish to be positively encouraging in bringing this Bill forward. I also wish to make it more robust. It is a little limp at present due to the lack of definitions, targets and in respect of climate justice. It ought to be strengthened and made more robust in those three areas. We should not be afraid. Otherwise, the Minister is introducing a limp Bill that does nothing.'
- Peter Matthews, Dublin South TD, Independent
Meet your TD in Dublin on 10th February
Tweet Minister Alan Kelly TD and your local TD
What’s wrong with the Climate Action Bill?
For campaigners in Northern Ireland, we will be in contact in March detailing how we can together help push climate change further up the political agenda at Stormont.
Drop in the Ocean? Ireland and Climate Change Trailer
On February 23, we will be releasing our documentary 'Drop in the Ocean? Ireland and Climate Change.' We've interviewed some of Ireland’s leading environmental scientists, writers and activists and asked them where Ireland fits in the global climate change picture. How is climate change affecting Ireland and what impacts will it have if carbon emissions remain unchecked? How do we contribute to it? And what role can Ireland play if we are to become part of the solution?
By Meabh Smith, reporting from the Philippines. All photos by Peter O'Doherty.
It’s 12 months since Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever storm to make landfall, struck the Philippines. Thousands died and the damage was catastrophic.
People in Ireland donated over €3 million towards our emergency appeal to support survivors.
Trócaire has been supporting brave Filipino people to rebuild their lives, as part of the global Caritas network, funding new homes, debris clearance, water, sanitation and psychosocial care.
Thank you so much to all who supported our appeal. Here are some of the people you have helped...
Apolonio Orbia (above) from San Antonio on Cebu Island was found sitting on the side of a hill after his home and all he had was blown away. Sr. Anne Healy, an Irish nun from the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary missionary order, received funding from Trócaire to build new homes for Apolonio and his community.
“This house is better than the one we had before the typhoon. Now, we are alert all the time and keep safe. We have a cell phone and track the news and radio to hear if there is a storm coming.”
Single mother, Mildred Taboso, holds a picture of her two children who were killed in the typhoon. She said: “The work of Trócaire and CRS [Trócaire partner] has really helped, to have this house and not have to build it myself. When the typhoon came we stayed here because we didn’t know that there would be a flood. The water was over 15 feet. We left after the second wave came. My two children were taken by the water within an hour. I miss them sleeping in my arms.”