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Drop in the Ocean?

Film: Drop in the Ocean? Ireland and Climate Change

About this film

What's it about?

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.

What people are saying about Drop in the Ocean

'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

Can I organise a screening of the documentary?

Please contact us (alan.whelan (at) or eoghan.rice (at)  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. 

How long is it?

The film is just under 28 minutes long.

Who's in it?

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

How can I watch it on my TV?

You can use a device that supports Vimeo or YouTube — like a Roku or Apple TV 

You can download the video file from Vimeo and burn your own DVD.

Why is Trócaire interested in climate change?

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

Footage used with creative commons licence:

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

Earth/Hurricane Sandy/NASA

Phillippines Floods/Apa Nama

Daniel Barkely/Carrickfergus Floods

Creative FreeHD

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