Action - 7 January 2018

en - Cork Climate Action group

“There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy” Laudato Si p.21

In Ireland the Little Sisters of the Assumption in Cork have joined with Cork Climate Action group in advocating for the passage of the ‘The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2017’ --- A Bill which asks the Irish Government to withdraw its investments from the fossil fuel industry. It is now at Committee stage and it is vital that pressure is kept up on the politicians to complete the challenging work of ensuring the Bill is passed. 10,420 Trócaire supporters asked the Irish Government to withdraw its investments from the fossil fuel industry. 

Cork Climate Action group is working closely with Trocaire, the Catholic Bishops Conference to educate public and put pressure on politicians to take positive action. Many people including our Sisters have taken part in the Blue Planet course which gives an excellent view of the challenges facing the world today as well as offering very hopeful guidelines of what the ordinary citizens working together can do.

Today, around 10 million people in Ethiopia, around twice the population of Ireland, are in need of food aid due to drought exacerbated by an El Nino that has been intensified by human-induced global warming. These are the women and men on the front lines of a climate crisis to which they have not contributed. In recent years, some 185 million people have been displaced by disaster and climate change; this equates to around one person displaced every second.

Ireland has among the highest levels of consumption emissions and resource use per capita in the world. This means that despite its small size, Ireland has a significant responsibility to act on climate change. And there are small signs of hope e.g. the politician who brought the ‘The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, 2017’ and which passed the first vote to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels. However the fossil fuel industry is seeking to delay and dilute the bill. In response, the global fossil fuel divestment movement aims to generate increased public and political urgency for a just, timely and orderly transition to protect our common future. We all need to be involved.

Cork Climate Action group, including Little Sisters, calls on all citizens to become more aware of the urgency of keeping up the pressure on our politicians so that this will not happen.

Cork Climate Action Group