On 30 November-11 December the world’s leaders will meet in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, whose objective is to achieve a legally binding,worldwide agreement on how to tackle climate change for the first time in over 20 years. Such an agreement will aim to keep global warming under 2° above pre-industrial temperatures. Failure to achieve that target will lead to potentially catastrophic consequences for global food and security, ecosystems and life on the planet.

The Dublin Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green is holding five lunchtime talks (1-2 pm) in the run-up to the Paris summit on different aspects of climate change.

Thursday 15 October
Green Party leader EAMON RYAN on how Ireland can become a centre for climate solutions. Can we make Ireland a centre for climate solutions rather than a source of the problem, and is our political system ready for the great leap towards a low carbon society ?

Thursday 22 October
Father SEAN McDONAGH, one of the world’s leading environmental theologians, on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s encyclical on the protection of God’s creation and poverty eradication, which is one the most important papal documents of the past century.

Thursday 29 October
Professor JOHN SWEENEY, Ireland’s leading climatologist, on the scientific basis on which the case for drastic emission cuts is founded, and on the likely impact of climate change globally and on Ireland.

Thursday 12 November
Award-winning environmental journalist FRANK McDONALD, on whether world leaders can do better than at the chaotic 2009 Copenhagen summit and on whether any deal will be enough to ward off the worst impacts of climate change.

Thursday 19 November
Irish Singer, songwriter and guitarist Enda Reilly will play a selection of his own original compositions written with the prime focus of letting people know of the environmental calamity we are walking into. With a degree in geology and a love of folk and roots music, Enda Reilly is perfectly placed to write these songs and they are an important part of his musical output. He is to be seen regularly around Ireland leading climate change workshops in primary and secondary schools. Enda’s song We All Own The Sky was recently selected as “Climate Change Song Of The Week” on the United Nations Framework on Convention Change website – click on the link for more details.

Thursday 26 November
This is a rescheduled talk as Lorna Gold was ill on 5th November. Trocaire’s Head of Policy, LORNA GOLD, on the human dimensions of climate change and particularly climate justice as a human rights issue in the developing world – with examples from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Honduras and the Philippines.

Every Thursday 1-2 pm
Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen’s Green West (beside RCSI – click on link for map)

As the series progresses, we will post mp3 files of the talks here to listen to online or download. Fast broadband connection recommended as they are 50 minutes long so therefore quite large files.

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