Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Environment celebrated in Kerry

One diocese has taken the Bishop's pastoral, The Cry of the Earth, to heart and organised seven days of focus on the environment. 

The Kerry Earth Week includes harvest thanksgiving mass or services in several parishes this week as well as nature walks, stargazing, talks and workshops. 

“Earth Week is a week-long celebration of the gift of our created world with a call to respect and care for it,” said the organisers, Kerry Diocesan Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation Committee.  

For 10 years, they have held a day annually in different venues such as Tralee, Béal, Gortbrack, Miltown, and Lyreacrompane.  This year they have expanded to fill a week.

Fr. Sean Mc Donagh.  SSC speaks on Climate Change - The challenge to all of us on Thursday.  He is highlighting the religious and ethical dimension of climate change.  

Trócaire is hosting a workshop on Climate Justice exploring the impact of climate change on households and small communities in Malawi, Honduras, Bolivia and Kenya.

The Kenmare Parish Project is being launched at the weekend.  Earthlore, as it is called, aims to rediscover the lost knowledge, crafts and customs of the earth in the parish of Kenmare. 

It involves schoolchildren asking their grandparents and the older generation about the old sayings and customs that illustrate a more sustainable way of life.  

The children are presenting some artwork reflecting this at the launch.

“The idea is to find out what was known by earlier generations and the ways they were living in harmony with the earth,” organiser Sylvia Thompson told CiNews.  

“The project creates links between the generations; we hope that other parishes will do it too.”

Transition year students are organising a handout for masses and it is hoped enough interest will be shown by parishioners who want to get involved.

Other events during the week include a visit to Inisfallen is facilitated by Emer Madigan, a Presentation Sister who says she, “wants people to savour its beauty and tranquillity, visit its monastic ruins, and tap into the wisdom, energy and power that flow from this ancient seat of learning and holiness.”

Kerry Earth Week (September 26 – October 4) is now in full swing, mindful of Pope Benedict XVI’s words:  “The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole…”

Trócaire talk is at St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney on Saturday October 2.

Fr. Sean Mc Donagh’s talk is on Thursday September 30 at Malton Theatre, Killarney.


1 comment:

Rajan Alexander said...

Climate Scam: NGO credibility hit a new low. The shame much worse than their Rwandan Genocide culpability

NGOs have moved from back stage to centre stage in world politics, and are exerting their power and influence in every aspect of international relations and policy making. They have in most part, been a positive force in domestic and international affairs. However, in recent times, various global Climate Justice Networks have popped up. These are platforms mainly constituted and controlled by Northern NGOs.

We as member of the NGO fraternity or general public seldom research their record of accomplishment; or ask awkward questions on northern NGOs policies; or chase facts behind their claims and publicity spin. One of the most basic questions as we dig deeper is what kind of credentials do these northern NGOs possess to champion justice issues. Simply put - are they committed to principles of justice as portrayed in their carefully cultivated public image?

If we go back to history, what we find is that they have a chequered past in terms of justice credentials. Rwandan Genocide until now had been regarded as the worst shame of NGO behaviour. This was genocide where an estimated 800,000 were massacred. The nineties saw NGOs soul-searching on such behaviour even as today NGO workers remain mentally scarred of experiences such as Rwanda. Apparently lessons have not been learnt as we find that through their climate advocacy they have not repeating the mistakes of the past but the shame hit a new low.

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