Film: Drop in the Ocean? Ireland and Climate Change
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today and yet our political systems refuse to move quickly enough to do anything about it. It threatens to undo all the gains that have been made against poverty in recent decades.
But how does it affect Ireland and where do we fit in the global picture? ‘Drop in the Ocean?’ talks to some of Ireland’s leading environmental scientists, writers and activists to find out.
Find out more about Trócaire's Climate Justice work.
'Deserves to be seen widely' Philip Boucher-Hayes, RTE
'This eye-opening video from Trocaire on climate change in Ireland and around the world is a must watch for everyone.' Sorcha Pollock, Journalist, Irish Times
'Very well-made short climate change documentary by Eoghan RIce and Trocaire team - really worth watching' John Burke, RTE, This Week
'Maybe the most urgent 27 min clip you will ever watch. Thanks Trocaire .' Trevor Sargent
'If anyone cares about Climate Change here's a film worth seeing' Liz McManus
'Really brilliant documentary joining the dots on Climate Change -please watch (even if you know it all already!)' Anja Murray, Ecologist, Eco Eye Presenter on RTE
'Stunning film about Ireland and climate change by Eoghan Rice and Alan Whelan for Trocaire. Watch, be informed. Beautifully shot and produced, balanced and objective and overall thoroughly compelling.' Tom Halpin, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Please contact us (alan.whelan (at) trocaire.org or eoghan.rice (at) trocaire.org) if you would like to organise a screening of Drop in the Ocean in your community and arrange a ‘question and answer’ session with a member of Trócaire staff to facilitate a discussion after the screening.
The film is just under 28 minutes long.
Among the interviewees are:
Dr John Sweeney, Climatologist, NUI Maynooth
Oisin Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland
Ciara Kirrane, Stop Climate Chaos Ireland Coalition coordinator
John Fogarty, Templederry Community Windfarm
Niamh Garvey, Trócaire Policy Officer
John Gibbons, Environmental Writer
Stephen McCabe, Environment Scientist
Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent, Irish Independent
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Climate change is already a daily reality for people living in some of the world’s poorest regions. It massively impacts their ability to access enough water or grow enough food to survive, let alone thrive. Find out more about Trócaire's Climate Justice work. For more information read our report Feeling the Heat, based on research carried out by the Department of Geography in Maynooth University.
Produced and Directed by Alan Whelan and Eoghan Rice
Filmed and Edited by Alan Whelan
Interviews by Eoghan Rice
Associate Producer: Liz Evers
Additional Interviews by Alan Whelan, Marie Moriarty and Liz Evers
Additional Filming: Emmet Sheerin
Archive Trócaire Footage: Ross McDonnell , Edel Maher
Translator: Martha Welday
Additional Translation: Seble O'Rourke
Still Photography: Jeannie O'Brien, Emmet Sheerin, David O'Hare, Alan Whelan, Eoghan Rice
Mary Robinson interview/Pablo Solon/Kumi Nadoo/OneWorldTV
Judi Wakhungu/CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change
Solar Panel Installation TIme Lapse Erik dHersigny
Obama UN Speech/White House
People's Climate March/Barry Solow
Naomi Klein/Pirate TV Seattle
Bill McKibben Lecture/Randy Chatterjee
Durban Climate March/Oxfam International
Maryland flooding/Maryland Guard
Durban Climate Change March/One World TV
Clontarf Floods/Jacob Thomas
Galway Floods/Max Clements
Colorado Floods/Ed Duffy
Hurricane Sandy/US Navy
Phillippines Floods/Apa Nama
Daniel Barkely/Carrickfergus Floods
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