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Living in a plastic world

We know the world is full of plastic.  Indeed, there has been so much awareness raising and discussion that we stand in danger of information fatigue, potentially switching off  as we normalise the statistics and the shocking visuals of the plastic-swamped  ocean beds.  Potentially background news in a plastic world. It is true that at a local level, we can ...

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Never too young to lead, never too old to learn

At beginning of this New Year,  Mary Robinson as the new Chair of the Elders, reflected on the loss of Kofi Annan and on the events and issues of the past year.  But she also focused on action.  Faced with such an array of complex challenges she said, we must not succumb to fatalism or despair. “As Elders, we know that ...

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The empty chair is ours

I was listening last evening  to the presentation given by Sir David  Attenborough at the UN Climate Change Summit which is now happening in Poland (3-14 Dec 2018).  He was chosen to represent the world’s people in addressing delegates of almost 200 nations who are in Katowice to negotiate how to turn pledges made in the 2015 Paris climate deal into reality. Earlier ...

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Fast Fashion issues

The COP24 (Convention on Climate Change) will be held in Katowice, Poland from 2-14 December.  The hope is that it will unleash the full potential of the Paris Agreement by finalising the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This will put into place the practical implementation guidelines needed to make real this historic agreement that aims to limit global warming to well ...

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#Hear Me Too – 16 Day Campaign

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (an annual global campaign from 25 November to 10 December) efforts made together (locally and globally)  will broaden that conversation, and highlight the voices and activism of survivors of violence and advocates around the world. It will showcase their stories, and their solutions. A commemoration event at the UN on 19th November kicked ...

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Orange the World #HearMeToo

The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) took place on Monday, 19 November 2018, at United Nations Headquarters, New York.  This commemoration brought together survivors and activists under the theme of Orange the World: #HearMeToo, leveraging their voices and work on ending violence against women and girls. Research shows that the pandemic of violence ...

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Justice for All: People and Planet

Justice  for All: People and Planet ‘Love  one another & spend yourselves for the poor’. The provincial Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission will hold a Day for Justice on November 24th, 2018 at Mount St Anne’s, Retreat and Conference Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois, exploring the theme: ‘Justice For All: People and Planet’. The keynote speaker is ...

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How should we live?

A recent article prompted me to think outside the usual way of seeing things in relation to lifestyle choices and care of our common home.  Among many valuable thought provoking points made in the piece, I have chosen to mention those which struck a particular chord in relation to continuing to walk lightly on the Earth. There is a  need to ...

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Against Human Trafficking

‘The persistent work of Catholic sisters against human trafficking continues, as the world focuses today on efforts to stop the exploitation of humans for cheap labour and sex’ – says Chris Herlinger in his article in the Global Sisters Report today.  (see full content of this article on link below). On today (30th June) UN World Day against Human Trafficking, ...

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Season of Creation

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world will unite to pray and care for creation. It is the “Season of Creation,” and it is happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “walking together”.  There are endless ways as a community to show you are on a journey towards better ...

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