This e-mail is about the People’s Climate March in Cork at 2.00 pm on Sunday, 29th November. The march is one of many taking place around the globe, just before the Paris Climate Conference, and it is hoped that this mobilisation of concerned people around the world may be the biggest in history.
SHEP is one of the organizing groups for the march, along with UCC Green Campus, Trócaire, and other groups. SHEP has always been concerned about personal and community development, but in a world affected by serious global warming, communities will be damaged and people are likely to be concerned with bare survival.
The Irish Government is not giving a lead in developing a green and sustainable economy. Instead it is dragging its feet and, acting in our name, seems inclined to resort to the béal bocht (“poor mouth”) in relating to the European Community targets, and is asking to be treated as a special case.
The politicians are naturally concerned about re-election. They usually tell us they don’t hear about this issue on the doorsteps. This march is a rare chance to have our voices heard, on the day before the Paris conference begins. It is a chance to say to our government you don’t speak in my name, unless you take real account of the earth and of those already suffering from climate change.
People will gather on Sunday afternoon, 29th November, at 2.00 pm, on the Grand Parade, with the march moving off at 2.30. It is hoped that it will be an enjoyable event for young and old, with lots of music and fun, and with a determined, but positive tone.
Would you be willing to join us, hail, rain or shine, to make our voices heard clearly? Would you be willing to spread the word and to encourage family and friends to come with you?
If so, we hope to see you there!