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Climate Justice

Overview

The climate emergency is one of the biggest challenges and greatest injustices of our time.

Women, men and children in poor countries who have done the least to cause this crisis are suffering the most. They are living through worsening droughts, storms and disasters. Trócaire helps these communities when disaster strikes, but we also campaign for deeper change to protect them.

Radically reducing global and national emissions is urgent and essential to protect the world’s poorest people. Climate change is an enormous problem but we believe that by acting together we can protect vulnerable people, as well as the generations to come.

Trócaire has been working for climate justice since 2008. We demand that our leaders respond to the climate science and to calls for climate justice.

Radically reducing global and national emissions is urgent and essential to protect the world’s poorest people. Climate change is an enormous problem but we believe that by acting together we can protect vulnerable people, as well as the generations to come.

Trócaire has been working for climate justice since 2008. We demand that our leaders respond to the climate science and to calls for climate justice.

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Why you need to take action

Hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of extreme poverty over recent decades. There has been huge progress, but climate change threatens to undo much of this hard fought for work.

The changing climate is pushing farmers into hunger, driving millions of people into urban slums, and leaving many more at risk from storms, floods and other disasters.

Climate change is directly causing hunger, poverty, malnutrition, disease and humanitarian disasters. The poorest people are disproportionately affected.

800 Million

An estimated 800 million of the world’s poorest people rely on farming for food and income. But if the rains don’t come, they can’t grow crops. And if they can’t grow crops, their families can’t eat.

In 2018 the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its starkest warning yet. It warned that we need to cut global emissions by half by 2030 if we are to have a chance of avoiding further catastrophic climate change.

Around the world, the political system is painfully slow at responding to these stark warnings. Trócaire campaigns for the Irish and UK governments to respond to the crisis by taking action to reduce carbon emissions and create a safer future for us all.

In 2018 the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its starkest warning yet. It warned that we need to cut global emissions by half by 2030 if we are to have a chance of avoiding further catastrophic climate change.

Around the world, the political system is painfully slow at responding to these stark warnings. Trócaire campaigns for the Irish and UK governments to respond to the crisis by taking action to reduce carbon emissions and create a safer future for us all.

100Million People

Climate change could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030.

143Million People

By 2050, over 143 million people in just three regions (Latin America, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa) could be displaced because of the impacts of climate change.

$18Billion

Natural disasters cost about $18 billion a year in low-and middle-income countries.

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How can we bring about change?

Trócaire has been responding to the impacts of climate change in the poorest countries of the world for more than a decade. We support communities to pick up the pieces when climate related disasters strike and to increase their resilience in the face of future climate shocks.

In Ireland, we campaign for climate action. We work with young people to build knowledge on the impacts of climate change in the world’s poorest countries, and what we can do here to reduce our impact on poor communities. We also work with parish groups, using the teaching in Laudato Si so we can better care for our Common Home together.

Our campaigns encourage supporters like you to engage with your elected representatives on this vital issue. We must demand our politicians take the necessary steps to ensure our policies and actions support communities in developing countries to deal with this crisis, not to further add to their challenges.

The climate movement is growing. It has been inspiring to watch the growth of the student-led climate strikes around the world. Trócaire has been honoured to support these young people to channel their fears at what the climate crisis will do to their futures and the futures of young people across the world. Their frustration with the political inaction on the climate crisis is clear and their voices are being heard loud and clear.

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Campaign Wins

Since we started working on climate justice in 2008, we have worked tirelessly together with many organisations globally and here in Ireland. Our campaign successes include:

In December 2015, Ireland’s Climate Bill finally became law. Our campaigners had been fighting for this for seven years. Hundreds of thousands of emails were sent to Taoisigh, Ministers, TDs and Senators imploring them to pass strong Irish legislation on climate change.

Also in December 2015, approximately 6,000 people took to the streets of Dublin, Belfast and Cork calling for climate action. The rally was organised by Trócaire and our allies in Stop Climate Chaos.

In 2016 we launched a campaign to withdraw Irish public money from the fossil fuel industry. Two years later, in July 2018, Ireland became the first country in the world to pass legislation divesting from the fossil fuel industry. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, introduced by Thomas Pringle TD (Independent), sent a strong message that the era of depending on polluting fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas for our energy needs must come to an end.

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