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The UN Climate Change Conference – COP26 took place in Glasgow in November. It came hot on the heels of the most recent and disturbing report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With COP26 as the backdrop, this autumn our #FirstWeds ‘Coping with COP: Reflections on the climate crisis, present and future’ series has been seeking wisdom and inspiration from youth, elders, and a wider cohort of community activists on the climate crisis, present and future. This is the 3rd and last part of the series.
Over the course of the past two months, #FirstWeds has been inspired and humbled by youth leaders and by the wisdom of indigenous eldership. Since that time, the COP26 Summit has been and gone and we are wondering if such voices – also present in the corridors and on the streets of Glasgow – are being listened to.
Indeed, post-COP26 we remain on a path to unsustainable levels of global warming, with the effects of this warming already being felt by the world’s poorest. Many have already lost their lives while others are witnessing the ebbing away of a future in the present time.
In the meantime, there appears to be little or no shift in terms of the mainstream policy discourse, which continues to privilege economic growth models and corporate interests and to disavow the concomitant “costs” of this path, including economic austerity, biodiversity loss, deaths and drownings at Europe’s fortressed borders.
To consider all of this a little further, we are going to be joined by three Ireland-based voices for the third and final chapter of our Autumn Series.
Our three panellists each wear an inspiring number of hats and, through conversation, will help us unpack some of what happened at COP26 and to consider how questions of climate justice are showing up here in Ireland. Crucially they will share inspiration and ideas for how people can get (more) involved in action for climate justice from Ireland.
This is the unmissable 3rd part of our series, particularly in light of everything that happened in Glasgow. We really hope to see you there.
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6 October, 7-8:30 PM: The Future is Now: Global Youth Voices on the Climate Crisis
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In October our youth panellists from Ireland and the Global South reflected and shared their perspectives on the present and the future, and their commitment and contribution to new forms of political activism. Our panellists also discussed their views of the COP26.
3 November, 7-8:00 PM: Where Does the Wisdom Lie? Elders on the Climate Crisis
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In November, we were in conversation with Indigenous Elder, reflecting on the cascading effects of the climate crises and biodiversity loss. What kind of paradigmatic shift is needed in response, and where does the wisdom for this lie?
1 December, 7-8:30 PM: Post-COP26: Community Activists on Where to Next
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By December, COP26 will have concluded. Join our panel of community-based activists to discuss outcomes from COP and to explore how we can continue to work towards a social transformation that is grounded in justice and in responsibility for Earth and for each other.
#FirstWeds events are organised in partnership with the Maynooth University Department of International Development and with the financial support of Concern Worldwide for which we are most grateful.
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