Join in Global Call for a Safe Climate for This & Future Generations
People in Co. Monaghan have the opportunity to support the call for action on climate change and climate justice by attending the Peoples Climate March in Dublin on this Sunday, 29 November. The march is one of 1500 marches taking place in 70 countries in advance of the crucial climate talks taking place in Paris in December.
A bus is being organised by the Transition Monaghan Group and it will call via Monaghan, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross to pick up anyone who wishes to go along. The times of departure are 11am from the Court House Car Park, Monaghan; 11:30am from the Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney; 12 noon from Carrickmacross Courthouse Square. To book tel 086 8130296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – preferably by tomorrow Friday at 6pm. Further details on Transition Monaghan Facebook page and at http://www.transitionmonaghan.org.
It is anticipated that hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets, in buoyant mood, to demand strong action on climate change, in marches and gatherings across the globe. As well as the gathering in Dublin, there will be gatherings in Belfast and Cork and show that we demand action from politicians to secure a stable future for us all.
The marches happen the day before world leaders gather in Paris for hugely significant UN Climate Change talks (COP21), where it is hoped that they will agree a legally binding text which will set the world on a path to stabilise the climate this century. Based on pledges made by countries to date it is unlikely it will be enough to bring the world under the critical 2 degree warming threshold to avoid runaway climate change. Therefore civil society has an important role to play in calling on politicians to go further. Indeed COP21 is about much more than staying below 2 degrees of warming. Climate change is an economic, social and security issue. It is an opportunity for politicians and citizens to unite to create a more stable world of enough, where people are not driven to conflict to attain basic resources like water and food.
In the wake of recent atrocities, COP21 is an opportunity for leaders to show they are committed to peace and security by reaching a deal in Paris. The campaigning group AVAAZ has called on people to turn up in their hundreds of thousands around the world in solidarity with the people of Paris, who will not be allowed to march at this time. Indeed, thousands of activists who had planned to travel to Paris during COP21 will no longer be allowed to march peacefully in Paris during the conference. While security is undoubtedly on everyone’s minds, it is a sad reality that ordinary citizens will be prevented from voicing their concerns over the future of the planet, while large and powerful lobbyists, many from the fossil fuel industry, will have privileged, high – security access to the conference, where they will attempt to woo politicians against necessary emissions cuts. Let’s all do what we can, and turn up in strength and solidarity on this Sunday and show politicians that we stand with them in their attempts to secure a positive deal for us all.
More than Just a March
While the march will be a focal point of action in Ireland before COP21, there are other prominent events coming up. On Friday and Saturday the Pope’s recent encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’ will be the focus of a conference in Dalgan Park, Navan. Speakers including Eco–theologian Fr Sean McDonagh, climate scientist Professor John Sweeney and leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan will address the links between theology and the climate. If you are unable to attend this event, but would still like to learn more about the encyclical and discuss how it is relevant to life in Co. Monaghan, there is a discussion group every Monday evening in the Pastoral Centre Monaghan at 7:30pm.
The climate marches remind us that we need to move to a low carbon economy. On this theme a free ECOPRO seminar take place this Saturday in DCU, Dublin. It’s entitled ‘Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Jobs, Developing a Circular Economy’. See Noticeboard below for contact details for all events mentioned above.
It’s worth bearing in mind, that the climate march and the energy generated around the Paris talks is only the start of a citizen–led movement which is gaining momentum around the world. Transition Monaghan have plans to organise a number of events promoting local action and resilience in Co. Monaghan, and we always welcome new members. Keep an eye on this column or http://www.transitionmonaghan.org to keep up to date with how you can get involved!