On a visit to region devastated by war, Archbishop Eamon Martin appeals to Christians to support Trócaire Christmas appeal which “eases people’s suffering and allows them to dream of brighter days ahead”.
“Avoiding further climate change and protecting our common home requires a major shift away from highly polluting fossil fuels towards cleaner renewable energy.”
The crisis is partly as a result of this year’s unusually hot summer – temperatures in Rome are expected to hit 38 ˚C this week – but a crucial factor is that the Lazio region, in which Rome lies, has experienced two exceptionally dry winters in a row.
Over 24 million people currently rely on food aid in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya due to a combination of drought and conflict.
President Trump should travel to east Africa and see for himself the devastating impact of climate change. Trócaire sees those impacts every day – Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire.
“The severity of the situation is continuously increasing as is the number of people affected”: Cardinal Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa.
“The fact that these talks are being held when millions along eastern Africa are experiencing chronic food shortages due to drought highlights exactly what is at stake."