Climate change expert speaks in Quaker meeting house

24 February 2015
By Bryan Smyth

Professor John Sweeney, a renowned expert in climate change, will speak on the topic “Climate change affects us all – the clock is ticking” at the Cork Quaker Meeting House on Saturday, 28 February 2015.

The talk is being hosted by EcoQuakers Ireland working with members of the Cork Green Party.

Professor Sweeney contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is the President of An Taisce, the National Trust of Ireland.

The recent floodings in Cork have underlined how the issue of climate change is as much a local issue as it is an international issue.

Prof. Sweeney leads a number of nationally funded research projects examining the impacts of climate change in Ireland and forecasting climate scenarios for Ireland after climate change.

In his words: “Time is running out for taking decisive action to avoid dangerous climate change. In Ireland political paralysis and vested interests are preventing us from meeting our agreed international obligations. As individuals and a society our ethical responsibilities demand we take seriously what is generally agreed to be the major problem of the 21st century.”

The talk will be free of charge and will take place at the Cork Quaker Meeting House on Summerhill South on Saturday 28th February at 11.00 am. There will also be time for discussion over tea and coffee following the talk.

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