The Parish Climate Justice Group has been affiliated to Eco Congregation Ireland for the past two years and have received an Awareness Award from them last Autumn. Eco Congregation Ireland is an ecumenical, environmental programme for churches. It is committed to promote the message of climate justice. Eco Congregation builds on strong community ties and a shared interest in linking environmental issues and Christian faith and promoting an environmental approach in our churches and in our personal lives.
One of the first actions undertaken by our parish group was to complete an environmental check up provided by Eco Congregation Ireland. The check up was divided into four key areas -Spiritual, Practical, Community and Global. This check up helped us to identify our areas of strength and affirm our environmental good practice. it it made us aware of the areas that we need to prioritise in future.The Climate Justice Group has begun to work in all of these areas.Click Climate Justice Group Audit to view audit
The churches in the parish have been considerably upgraded with LED lighting, solar PV panels and heat pump upgrades. Carbon emissions have been substantially reduced. In the North Cathedral an EV charge point has been installed.
Recently the group were involved in the organisation of The Intergenerational Climate Justice Conference in Cork City Hall in November. This conference provided an opportunity for young people and adults to come together and share their ideas for a more just world. The keynote speaker was President Michael D Higgins. Other speakers included Saoi O Connor, Student Activist, Dr Lorna Gold, Trócaire, Prof. Peadar Kirby, Clough Jordan, Eco Village, Fr Seán Healy, Social Justice, Ireland, Margaret Desmond EPA,Dr Tracey Skillington, UCC, Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities, Cork. The Pre-Conference Get together was hosted by the parish group in the Visitor Centre, in the North Cathedral. Aside from this conference talks have been organised in the parish for parishioners and members have also attended other Eco Congregation Talks around the city.
The group has also arranged to establish links with Shandon, Church of Ireland Eco Congregation and plan to work closely with them in the future. This weekend we again welcome The Climate Justice Candle to the parish.
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