30 june 2015

Fiona Coyle, Dóchas Programme Officer, gives her thoughts on the Papal Encyclical.

It’s not very often that the Dóchas blog does a feature on the works of a religious leader but we felt that Papal Encyclical issued by His Holiness Pope Francis deserved to be both highlighted and praised.  The Papal Encyclical is a letter issued by the Pope to all Catholic Bishops around the world. These letters help shape Catholic teaching and are considered a rarity. In this letter His Holiness focuses on ecological destruction, and in particular the future threat and current reality of climate change.  In doing so he has made a strong moral case for people and leaders to tackle climate change. He laid out our moral imperative to “care for our common home” and end the inequalities which are driving interlinked problems of climate change and poverty. 

Pope Francis is the latest and most high profile voice to join a long list of people, from scientists, business leaders, economists, labour leaders and youth, who understand that taking action on climate change and empowering poorer countries to develop sustainably, is both morally and economically right.

In Ireland, a large number of Dóchas members have joined the Stop Climate Chaos project which is a coalition of civil society organisations campaigning to ensure Ireland plays its part in preventing runaway climate change.

The Dóchas Livelihoods, Food and Nutrition Security Working Group have also launched of a consultation paper on Climate Smart Agriculture.

Further Reading

Fiona Coyle has over 8 years experience working in development, both in Ireland and internationally. She has previously worked with Irish Aid, UNDP Lesotho and has also worked extensively with community development projects in Ireland. Fiona is currently the programme officer at Dóchas, the Irish national platform of Development NGOs. She holds a BA in Public and Social policy and a Masters in Community Development, from National University of Ireland Galway. She is also a native Irish speaker.