Callan Trocaire worker Mick Comerford has branded climate change a nightmare, not a myth and has called for Government legislation to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions.
“Climate change is having a devastating impact on the people I work with,” said the Callan man, who lives in Kenya. “Families supported by Trocaire in rural Kenya live in basic conditions with no cars, electricity or modern comforts. They are small farmers that have not caused climate change. Yet they live with its effects every day.
“During the dry season, I see rural communities turn into dustbowls. Crops die, water sources dry up and people are forced to travel miles for work and food. This situation is getting worse. Almost three times more weather-related disasters, such as drought and flooding, have been recorded worldwide in the last decade, compared to the 1970s.”
For much of the past decade, Ireland has had the sixth-highest carbon emissions in the developed world and the second-highest per capita in the EU. Trocaire is calling for a strong climate bill that puts reduced carbon emission targets into law.
This year, two of Trocaire’s Christmas gifts, chickens (€5) and goats (€50), will help families in Malawi, one of the driest places in the world. The gifts will provide an income for families that does not rely on the land. Trocaire ‘Gifts of Change’ are on sale from trocaire.organd 1850 408 408.