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Bishops urge carbon footprint reduction


ST Brendan's College was the venue as Bishop Ray Browne launched 'The Cry of the Earth' last Wednesday, a call to action for climate justice.

The college hosted a short dramatic presentation with readings by Transition Year students, while representatives of environmental groups, public bodies and from each of the local parishes were also present.

'The Cry of the Earth - A Pastoral Reflection on Climate Change' was first issued in 2009 by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference and it has now been updated and re-launched as 'A Call to Action for Climate Justice' in light of the most recent scientific evidence.

The launch was held on Human Rights Day, an appropriate date as climate change will help change for all and for future generations. It also coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

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The Cry of the Earth issues a call to everyone - individuals, parish communities, religious congregations and all people of good will - to take action now.

All parishes have received a copy of the reflection and an accompanying pastoral resource prepared by Trocaire.

All are encouraged to measure their own carbon footprint over the coming months and then devise ways to reduce their use of carbon by a specific amount per annum.

Kerry Diocese promotes an annual Earth Week and became the first Catholic Diocese to receive an Eco Award in 2013. The Diocese wishes to encourage action at all levels towards a responsible stewardship of the earth.