“The year started with 168 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. COVID-19 has massively increased these needs. The impact on the poorest and most vulnerable is devastating and levels of human suffering are spiraling out of control,” - Dominic MacSorley, Concern
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, ‘Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’ by Fr Dermot Lane will be launched via webinar by scripture scholar Fr Kieran O'Mahony.
“This year, Trócaire’s Lenten campaign will help support women around the world who are struggling to protect their families from intimidation, violence, hunger and drought" - Trócaire CEO, Caoimhe de Barra.
“I wish each and every one of you a peaceful and happy Christmas and a new year of hope and possibility,” says President Michael D. Higgins.
As the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) continues in Madrid, Fr Sean McDonagh has warned that climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing humans and all of the planet's species.
Climate scientist Professor John Sweeney says agro companies that are not supplying farmers with adequate recompense for their produce should be shamed not farmers.
Climate change is the most pressing issue facing us all as a global community – President Michael D Higgins at the Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice.
“When the world comes together, united by a plan and determined to help the world’s poorest, we can see wonderful results.”
“My key message today is: wherever we call home it is incumbent on all of us to live responsibly, and in a sustainable way, always thinking of our neighbour” – Bishop Alan McGuckian, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Justice and Peace.
“If every family in the world consumed the same as the average Irish family consumes today, we would need 3.3 planets to supply our needs. This is simply unsustainable,” says Bishop Nulty.
Climate activist Dr Lorna Gold commends student journalists for their willingness to write about climate change ahead of the first climate strike at Dalgan Park, Co. Meath.
“In achieving this target, we must all play our part, and I’m proud that the Catholic community has taken a leading role in showing what can be achieved.”
A report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in August 2018 showed that Ireland was way off track in reaching its carbon reduction targets, Fr Sean McDonagh has warned.
Of the 550 projects displayed at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019, 88 explored climate change and environmental issues, responding to challenges caused by excessive carbon emissions and toxic refuse generated by excessive lifestyles.
Katowice agreement was not sufficient to give us confidence that the Paris agreement would be implemented says Irish delegate at Climate Conference.
“Very many are under great strain because accommodation and housing is scarce or beyond their reach. A new political impetus is required along with real determination to make inroads into this critical need in so many people’s lives” – Bishop William Crean, Cloyne.
“I cannot overstate the depth of the impact that the loss of a major source of employment like Bord na Móna will have on a rural area which is weak with comparable alternatives.”
“It is very clear that good journalism really does matter. Social media has opened the doors to so-called ‘fake news’, widespread anonymous comment, and a scarcity of thoroughly researched news stories.”
“For the most dangerous consequences of climate change will fall on those least able to bear them, on those areas already vulnerable to desertification and rising sea levels.” President Michael D Higgins.
“Avoiding further climate change and protecting our common home requires a major shift away from highly polluting fossil fuels towards cleaner renewable energy.”
Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, and 200 university leaders discuss ‘Catholic Universities, Working in Solidarity as Responsible Agents from the Local to the Global’.
“Ireland is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short-term vested interests.”