Facing Climate Change
The Caribbean Island have recently been hit by storms of unprecedented strength. Irish priest and well-known eco-theologian, Fr Sean McDonagh SSC, says that we can no longer afford to be complacent. These storms and worse will continue to hit until we take climate change seriously.
Pointing out that Ireland has the carbon emissions of four hundred of the poorest countries, he emphasises that we can and must do better. He also points to Ireland’s over reliance on meat and dairy as being the primary reason why we won’t meet our 2020 agreed reduction.
Sean continues to be an outspoken critic of policies that allow for the systematic degradation of the environment, emphasising the moral obligation that Pope Francis pointed to in Laudato Si on developed countries, in particular, to cut carbon emissions. He also pointed to the need for climate change justice as the changed climate has disproportionately increased the suffering of the poor. He explained more to Miriam Gormally
Sean is the author of numerous articles and nine books including Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us, Greening the Christian Millennium, Care for the Earth and Dying for Water. He highlights the causes and consequences of issues such as global warming, genetically engineered food, water pollution, the nuclear industry and loss of biodiversity. He is a patron of Christian Ecology Link and writes a weekly column in The Universe Catholic newspaper.