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I am heeding the cry of planet Earth and will wield my pen in the war on climate change

John Connell


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Pope Francis, wearing an indigenous headdress during a meeting with indigenous communities in Maskwacis, Canada, has said we are 'mortgaging our future while getting ever sicker'. Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP

Pope Francis, wearing an indigenous headdress during a meeting with indigenous communities in Maskwacis, Canada, has said we are 'mortgaging our future while getting ever sicker'. Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP

Pope Francis, wearing an indigenous headdress during a meeting with indigenous communities in Maskwacis, Canada, has said we are 'mortgaging our future while getting ever sicker'. Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP

Words are precarious things. If we combine them in the right order, we can make a meaning that can resonate beyond the page, beyond the newspaper column or, indeed, in my case, beyond a book page too. But recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about my words, about their actions and what they can have the power to do.

Since 2016, I have been writing books about my life. To date, I have written three, which detailed my return to Ireland, my return to family farming and the rural world I now live in, but in recent months I have been doing a lot of thinking – grand thinking, as it were, for we are faced with the greatest issue of our lives – the changing climate.


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