Feature 28 October 2009 | Christian responsibility for the environment

22 Oct 2009

On 10 November 2009 the Bishops’ Conference published a pastoral reflection to raise awareness of our Christian responsibility toward the environment ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Conference. See related interviews.

On Tuesday 10 November in the St Francis of Assisi primary school in Belmayne, Dublin – located beside Fr Collins Park – the Irish Bishops’ Conference will publish a new pastoral reflection addressing our Christian responsibility to care for the environment.  Archbishop Dermot Clifford and the pupils St Francis of Assisi school will launch the pastoral reflection which will be available in parishes in the English, Irish and Polish languages with an accompanying reflection in DVD format. Fr Collins Park is sustained using renewable energy.

In this feature:

  • Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, is interviewed about the stewardship role of the Church and its people in relation to the environment;

  • Professor John Sweeney, Director of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units at NUI Maynooth, explains how climate change and global warming has been driven predominantly by human activity, and what the consequences will be for people, agriculture and for the economy in this country;

  • Additional resources are provided relating to this topic, including suggested further reading and information on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the environment.