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Trócaire wins Public Engagement award

25 October 2019

Trócaire’s campaign to end public investment in the fossil fuel industry has been named the Best Public Engagement Campaign at the Dóchas Awards.

The Trócaire team, with Thomas Pringle TD, after winning Best Public Engagement Award at the Dóchas Awards (Photo: Mark Stedman)

The campaign successfully made Ireland the first country in the world to divest public money from the fossil fuel industry. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act was passed in December 2018, two and a half years after Trócaire launched its campaign.

The campaign saw Trócaire engage with supporters and members of the public to highlight the damage caused by climate change in the developing world. Thomas Pringle TD sponsored the legislation and played a crucial role in pushing it through the Oireachtas. It compelled the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to sell off its investments in the global fossil fuel industry, which as of June 2017, stood at €318 million, across 150 companies worldwide.

The Dóchas Awards celebrate positive impact by development NGOs in Ireland. The awards were held on Wednesday, October 23, in Dublin city centre.

Trócaire was also shortlisted for Best Collaboration for its work with the Irish Girl Guides. This collaboration saw Trócaire and the Irish Girl Guides develop a badge for Ireland’s 12,000 Girl Guides to learn more about climate change.

The initiative, led by Trócaire’s Development Education team, is part of our ongoing work to use creative tools and processes to help young people understand the world we live in and increase awareness of their effect on it.

The badge is part of an integrated programme for Ladybirds (5-7 year olds), Brownies (7-10 year olds) and Guides (10-14 year olds) where girls participate in a series of activities related to climate action so they can earn their Trócaire badge and wear it with pride.

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