Wednesday 20 March 2019

RTE weatherman speaks at climate change talk

Ava Carroll, Saoirse Maloney, Denise Smith and Una Wafer (Seashell Senior Branch, Courtown) with Gerald Fleming
Ava Carroll, Saoirse Maloney, Denise Smith and Una Wafer (Seashell Senior Branch, Courtown) with Gerald Fleming
Robyn and David Conway with Gerald Fleming

Brendan Keane

Bunclody library played host to a talk on climate change at which well known meteorologist Gerald Fleming was the key speaker.

Mr Fleming, who retired as the Head of the Forecast division with Met Éireann in 2017, is one of Ireland's most recognisable weather forecasters having presented the weather report on national television for many years.

Mr Fleming's talk focussed attention on the science behind climate change. He outlined work done in recent decades to not just refine the science involved but to also provide understandable summaries of the key issues to enable society in general to make appropriate actions and develop suitable and adequate policies to address those issues.

A key aspect of the talk was to examine whether it's possible to enjoy a sustainable lifestyle while at the same time protecting the atmosphere.

Following his education with the CBS in Wexford, Mr Fleming completed B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Experimental Physics from UCD - following which he joined Met Éireann in 1980.

For most of his 37 years with Met Éireann he worked as a weather forecaster and broadcaster and it was through that work that he became a familiar face to householders all over Ireland.

Passionate about meteorology he is still very active in that area today and he works with the World Meteorological Organisation (a UN specialised agency) for whom he has chaired the Programme on Public Weather Services for over a decade.

Mr Fleming has lectured extensively and conducted many training courses on weather communication and related matters and his talk in Bunclody, which attracted a sizeable crowd, was very informative and also entertaining.

The organisers of the talk were delighted to have him talk in the library and they also thanked the members of the public who attended on the night.

Enniscorthy Guardian