Sr Nora Lucy shakes hands with President Michael D Higgins

The Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice took place in City Hall last week and OLA were thrilled to have been a part of the organising committee for this event.

The event was a huge success with teenage representatives from schools across Cork in attendance.

Some 200 people were in attendance, and in keeping with the intergenerational aspect, almost half were teenagers, and a substantial representation of elders.

One of the highlights of the day was the address by President Michael D Higgins in which he highlighted the many facets of life that are impacted by Climate Change, including forced migration, conflict and violence. The world is “at the precipice of a global ecological catastrophe,” he warned.

Other speakers included: Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities Cork; Saoi O’Connor

Student Activist; Prof. Peadar Kirby, Clough Jordan Eco Village; Dr Lorna Gold, Trócaire; Fr Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland; Margaret Desmond, Environmental Protection Agency; Dr Tracey Skillington, University of Cork

The conference was highly interactive, giving delegates an opportunity to brainstorm actions to be implemented, from small, personal acts, to suggestions for national actions.

Graphic Harvesters capturing the essence of the conference
OLA Justice Officer John McGeady with President Michael D Higgins

You will find more photographs from the conference here: ALBUM: The Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice 2019

 A huge thank you to everyone who took part and was involved in putting together this important event.