Climate change

Photo: Eoghan Rice/Trócaire. Andrew Lodio from Lokitaung in northern Kenya during drought in 2011.

Campaigning on climate change

Climate change is already a daily reality for the world’s poorest communities. Developed countries are the lead contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and therefore to climate change.

In Ireland, we produce an average of 10 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per person per year making us one of the highest emitters globally. In Africa an average person will produce less than 0.1 tons.  

Climate change-related shifts in rainfall and drought patterns can have a devastating on small farmers in the world’s poorest regions. And it is predicted that rain-fed agriculture will drop by 50% by 2020 – deepening the food and water crises we face. 


Internationally, Trócaire works with other organisations to call on world leaders to agree to a new global deal to tackle climate change. 

In Malawi, for example, Trócaire works with CADECOM (Catholic Development Commission in Malawi) and the newly established NGO CISONEC to ensure that development of a National Climate Change Policy in Malawi includes issues of climate justice. We have also supported partners such as CADECOM to participate in climate change policy workshops at the international meetings of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Here at home, we have been campaigning for Ireland to bring in a climate law since 2008, something the current minister, Phil Hogan, has promised to do by the end of 2013.

This law should that ensure Ireland reduces its carbon footprint and becomes part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Get involved:

  • Visit the Up to Us section of our website to find out what you can do to live more sustainably



  • Demand Food Not Fuel - support our campaign to end land grabs in developing countries to grow biofuels  


Trócaire's livelihoods and climate change programmes

Trócaire works with farmers to become more food secure and better able to cope with the impacts of climate change. By increasing their crop yields and diversifying the crops they grow, farmers are in a better position to deal with the effects of a drought, flood or tropical storm.  

Gaining access to  water for irrigation and using techniques that conserve soil and water are part of how farmers are adapting their farming practices for long-term resilience in a changing climate.

Last year, Trócaire supported 19 livelihoods and environmental justice programmes in Africa, Latin America and Asia. These reached an estimated 565,000 people directly and up to a further two million people indirectly.


Education resources

Educators can use Trócaire’s climate change education resources in your classroom to bring the issue to students.  

  • Climate Change: A call for stewardship and global solidarity This interactive educational resource is for post-primary CSPE students in the Republic of Ireland and Local and Global Citizenship in Northern Ireland. Each activity has an accompanying slide or slides to support educators as you carry out the lesson. 


Green Schools

Trócaire is also proud to partner with Green Schools.  This programme looks at challenges such as sustainable consumption, climate justice and sustainable development.  


Photo: Eoghan Rice/Trócaire. Andrew Lodio from Lokitaung in northern Kenya during drought in 2011


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