A joint meeting of environment ministers and Church leaders has taken place in Armagh, Northern Ireland, to discuss the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Paris.
Archbishop Eamon Martin who hosted the meeting welcomed the cross–border dialogue and collaboration as an important example of leadership on one of the most urgent global justice issues of our time.
‘At our meeting today in Armagh we drew the ministers’ attention to the work of Trócaire in supporting some of the worst affected communities. This underlines the urgency of the proposed actions that will be before world leaders in Paris at the end of this month. This is most evident in the case of those who risk losing their homes and their capacity to produce food. The summit provides a historic opportunity to re–balance the equation towards more just and sustainable development.
‘We encourage the delegations from both jurisdictions on this island to use the opportunity of the forthcoming summit to be a voice for the poor. Moving to a more just and sustainable model of development will require all of us to re–think our lifestyles and how the choices we make in our consumption of goods and energy impact on the global poor and the generations to come. Taking up the challenges outlined by Pope Francis in his recent Encyclical Letter Laudato Si, we are ready to play our part, supporting our political leaders by promoting reflection on the care of creation and taking action – in our homes, schools and local parish communities’, said Archbishop Martin.
For a full report see the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) website.