Climate change a new and urgent reality

Posted on: 7th April, 2015

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Anthropogenic climate change is upon us. The scientific consensus on this is overwhelming – even if a core section of Ireland’s media are somewhat unwilling to acknowledge the unpalatable truth. So what can we do in the face of what are enormous odds? Ignoring the fact of climate change is no longer an option. Understanding and making adjustments to the dawning of a new and urgent reality is the subject of a talk by climate expert journalist John Gibbons to be held upstairs at Organico, Bantry on April 18, at 4pm.

While climate change is an undeniable catastrophe for our environment and every living creature in it, catastrophising about it does not help the situation. In his talk, John will summarise the known facts to date and then talk about what measures we might take to address the problems we face.

“People often say nothing one person can do will make a difference. Nothing could be further from the truth,” says Gibbons. “There are no technological solutions that will fix this problem. In fact it can only be solved by us as individuals — by the choices each and every one of us make in our everyday lives.”

John Gibbons is a specialist environmental writer and commentator with a particular focus on Climate Change. He wrote a weekly column in the Irish Times on climate change for nearly three years, and is now a regular media contributor on environment, energy and climate-related issues. He maintains a blog at ThinkorSwim.ie. A graduate of UCC and DCU, he is also MD of a healthcare publishing and communications organisation, MedMedia Group, which he co-founded 24 years ago. Married, he has two daughters in primary school and lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

The talk will begin with a 30-minute film. John will then give an overview of the present state of scientific knowledge and what might be done tackle climate change. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

This is a free event. Email beviscotton@gmail.com for more information.

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