People are reminded to return their Trcaire box for Easter. Ideally, they should be included in the offertory procession on Holy Thursday as we link the Eucharist with our social responsibilities.

Climate change affects everyone…but not equally.

Click on links to download

  • Our 2008 Trcaire poster
  • Our Lenten bookmark (front)
  • Our Lenten bookmark (reverse)
  • The K&LADMIT poster
  • Trcaire’s ADMIT resource

It’s time toADMIT

The 2008 Trcaire Lenten campaign addresses the negative effects of climate change.The key message is that climate change affects everyone but not equally. The poor in developing countries are hardest hit by unpredictable rains and long droughts.

There are two sides to this years appeal ADAPTATION and MITIGATION

  • ADAPTATION The money collected via the Trcaire boxes will fund projects to help the poor in developing countries cope with climate chang to adapt their farming practices, new irrigation projects etc.
  • MITIGATION The real challenge is to prevent further climate change by reducing carbon emissions from rich countries. Ireland is one of the worst offenders our per capita greenhouse gas emissions are the fifth highest in the developed world.

Here’s a list of simple things you can do immediately to mitigate

These practices will cost you no money at all and will in fact save you money.

  • Take Shorter Showers ? Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs.
  • Turn down the central heating slightly, put on a jumper if youre a bit chilly!
  • Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load
  • Unplug your mobile phone as soon as it has finished charging
  • Turn it off when not in use (lights, television, computer etc. etc. …)

A list of items that may take an initial investment. These items will pay for themselves over time through savings on your energy bills.

  • Fit energy saving light bulbs
  • Install thermostatic valves on your radiators
  • Insulate your hot water tank, your loft and your walls

Travel less and travel greener

  • Check regularly that car tyres are properly inflated
  • Car share to work, or for the kids school run
  • Use the bus or a train rather than your car
  • Don’t use domestic flights (e.g. from Dublin to Cork), use a train or a coach
  • Next time you replace your car ? check out greener options.

Trcaire – our organisation

Trcaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It was set up by the Irish Catholic Bishops in 1973 to express the concern of the Irish Church for the suffering of the worlds poorest and most oppressed people.

Trcaire was given a dual mandate:

  • to support long-term development projects overseas and to provide relief during emergencies
  • and at home to inform the Irish public about the root causes of poverty and injustice and mobilise the public to bring about global change.

Trcaire’s work is influenced by the experiences and hopes of the poor and oppressed. Trcaire supports communities in their efforts to improve their lives, meet their basic needs and ensure their human dignity. This support is offered regardless of race, gender, religion or politics and in a spirit of solidarity.

Climate change in developing countries is undermining poor peoples ability to survive. While rich countries continue to consume and use energy levels beyond what is fair and sustainable, the greatest impact is being felt by the poorest people who are least able to cope.

Trcaire staff and partners have witnessed how changes in climate patterns are challenging the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world. The majority of people in Africa depend on rain-fed agricultural production to meet their own food needs and to generate some additional income. Climate change in Africa has brought about increasingly prolonged droughts and more unpredictable rainfall patterns.

Extremes in weather conditions mean that at certain times of the year, too much rain washes soil and seeds away and at others, crops wilt and die due to drought. As a result hard won gains are being rapidly eroded as people are forced to survive as best they can through increasingly desperate measures – selling their assets, migrating and further degradation of the environment.