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Trócaire Newsletter September 2017

Ireland's emissions are 'off the charts'

factory pollutionNew Trócaire report makes case for urgent Irish action on climate change

The Citizens' Assembly meets in Dublin this weekend to discuss how the Government can make Ireland a leader on climate change. It is a valuable opportunity for people to demand increased political engagement on this pressing issue.

In advance of that, this week Trócaire released a report 'Still Feeling the Heat' which highlights how climate change is devastating vulnerable communities in developing countries, and how inadequate Ireland's response to date has been, as well as making recommendations for action.
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Freetown one month after the mudslide

David standing near the site at Matome where hundreds of Sierra Leoneans lost their lives. Report from Sierra Leone following devastating event that killed least 500

On 14 August, hillside neighbourhoods in Freetown in Sierra Leone were wiped out by a massive mudslide caused by heavy rains. Hundreds lost their lives and many are still unaccounted for.

The survivors count themselves lucky to be alive but they have faced incredibly difficult challenges since the disaster and continue to face these every day.

Trócaire has been responding at the scene of the disaster with food, hygiene kits and psycho-social support.

David O'Hare from Trócaire Belfast visited recently the scene in Freetown. 

Passionate about global justice and human rights?

trocaire volunteersBe part of the team: New volunteering opportunities at Trócaire

Trócaire is currently on the look-out for enthusiast volunteers to help support our outreach work in schools and parishes, and our campaigning and activism around the country. 

Volunteering with us is an opportunity to be an active citizen and make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world. It is a chance to meet others with similar interests, to learn more about global justice and human rights issues, and to develop already existing skills or learn some new ones. 

But don't just take our word for it. Read a piece by volunteer Tony Devlin about the great experiences he has had on his two-year journey with Trócaire.

Tony's story

In the news

Kenya: Police ordered to investigate election officials (AlJazeera, 24 Sept 2017) 

Uganda: Bill introduced to remove presidential age limit (AlJazeera, 27 Sept 2017) 

Land rights: Consumers can help defend land rights (Guardian, 25 Sept 2017) 

US: Trump has made this a 'very dangerous time' - Mary Robinson (Irish Independent, 28 Sept 2017)