Maynooth Newsletter – November 2018

A report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was released in early October. This report was a sobering and alarming read. It stated that we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe. In these types of reports there can be a lot of figures and academic speak but the fact that we have so little time left to limit the severity of climate change was clear. It is important to remember that climate change isn’t just about polar bears and pandas. It is an issue that does affect our lives, and will do so increasingly. Climate change will have a major influence on everything – from health, food supply, economic growth, migration, security, societal change, and public goods, such as drinking water. We need to come together more than ever. We need to make far reaching changes in the way we do things but the result – having a healthy, functioning world and society – will make it worth the effort. Zero Waste Maynooth will be working hard to do our bit – and we would love to have you join with us. Zero Waste Maynooth were delighted to be involved in the book launch of “Climate Generation: Awakening to our Children’s Future”. The author is Maynooth local Lorna Gold who has long been involved in campaigning on climate justice issues. This book is a call to action to all those who care about the future of our planet and the future of our children. It is a hopeful book that is the antidote to the bad news of the IPCC report. Lorna calls for individual and collective action. Our next ZWM event will be on Saturday, 10 th November and will be the family friendly book launch of “Climate Generation”. There will be talks and activities on the day to show that lower impact living doesn’t mean that you are missing out on any fun. This event will hopefully start a conversation amongst the families of Maynooth as to what they can do to make a sustainable future for our children.