Evening Major Panel 3

Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet.

19:00 - 20:00 Major Panel 3 - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet.
(Hall 8C) - EN 馃帶 ES, IT, FR

Moderator and Keynote Address: H.E. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar.

•    Deirdre Duff, Fossil Free Campaigner and organizer for Friends of the Earth and Medact 
•    Dr Lorna Gold, Tr贸caire, Ireland
•    脡amonn Meehan, Executive Director, Tr贸caire, Ireland
•    Prof. John Sweeney, Climatologist, Maynooth University
•    Carsterns Mulume, Director of Social Development, Episcopal Conference of Malawi
•    Juan Carlos Mendoza, UN Convention to Combat Dessertification, Colombia 
•    Discovery Gospel Choir

The family teaches us “how to ask without demanding, to say ‘thank you’ as an expression of genuine gratitude for what has been given, to control our aggressivity and greed, and to ask forgiveness when we have caused harm […] these simple gestures of heartfelt courtesy help to create a culture of shared life and respect for our surroundings” (LS, 213). This is an interactive seminar based upon the themes in Laudato Si hosted by Tr贸caire (Caritas Ireland). This seminar will comprise of stories, music, national and international speakers acknowledging the urgency of our environmental challenges and joining Pope Francis in calling for a new dialogue and vision for the environment and the future of our 


H.E. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar.

Cardinal Charles Bo was born in 1948, in Myanmar, to parents John and Juliana Aye Tin. When his father, a farmer, died in 1950 he was sent to a Salesian boarding school in Mandalay. From 1962 to 1976, he studied at a Salesian seminary in Myanmar. He was ordained a priest in 1976, and was appointed prefect of the Catholic Diocese of Lashio in 1986. In 1988 he was consecrated a bishop. He is Secretary Treasurer of Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Myanmar, and Head of seminaries, Evangelization, Radio Veritas services in Philippines and Education at national level. On January 4, 2015 Pope Francis announced that he would be Myanmar’s first cardinal. In April 2015, He was appointed a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pontifical Council for Culture and Secretariat of Communication by Pope Francis.

Deirdre Duff, TCD Divest, Ireland

Deirdre Duff recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin, where she was involved in a number of student environmental and social justice projects. Deirdre was heavily involved in Fossil Free TCD, a successful student campaign to end the university’s investments in the fossil fuel industry. She has been inspired by Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si and has organised community activities to spread its message and to put its words into action. Deirdre is particularly interested in highlighting the fossil fuel industry’s complicity in the climate crisis and in human rights abuses. She is now based in the UK where she is a Fossil Free campaigner and organiser for Friends of the Earth and for Medact.

Dr. Lorna Gold, Tr贸caire, Ireland

Dr Lorna Gold is originally from Scotland and is married with two children. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from Glasgow University. She works for Tr贸caire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency. For ten years she headed Tr贸caire’s Policy team, and now leads a project on the implementation of Laudato S铆 into church life. She writes and speaks extensively on Pope Francis’ vision and was responsible for chairing an all-female panel at the launch of this encyclical in the Vatican with world-renowned author, Naomi Klein in 2015. Lorna also lectures in Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. She is a regular contributor to public debate in Ireland and internationally on climate justice. She is vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a member of the Irish Government’s Advisory Group on the National Climate Dialogue. Her most recent book is entitled “Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future”.

脡amonn Meehan, Executive Director, Tr贸caire, Ireland

Prof John Sweeney, Climatologist, Maynooth University

John Sweeney, Professor Emeritus, Maynooth University,  is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He has taught climatology at Maynooth and a number of universities in North America and Africa and has published over 100 scientific papers and authored/edited/co-authored 4 texts on various aspects of Irish climate. He has served as President of the Irish Meteorological Society, the Geographical Society of Ireland and An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland as well as being the Irish representative on a number of European academic bodies. He has been involved in various international research projects and has led several national research projects examining aspects of climate change in Ireland. Professor Sweeney contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is also a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on matters related to climate change science and policy. 

Carsterns Mulume, Director of Social Development, Episcopal Conference of Malawi

Carsterns George Mulume is a Director of Social Development for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. He has worked for Caritas for 15 years. Carsterns chairs the Caritas Africa Humanitarian Team (CAHT), a grouping of all agencies of the Catholic Church in Africa dealing with humanitarian work, emergencies, climate change and resilience. As director, he oversees the commissions of Justice and Peace, Health, and Social Communication and Research. Carsterns is a rural development, humanitarian and agriculture expert, facilitating implementation of community-managed climate change resilient programmes. Carsterns has facilitated training in climate change and mitigation for many groups in Malawi and abroad.  As an expert in advocacy and practitioner in climate change, he has helped to the develop the Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management and National Agricultural Policies of the Government of Malawi. Carsterns is happily married to Manes and is a father of a son. Trevor and a daughter, Ohvihlehra.

Juan Carlos Mendoza, UN Convention to Combat Dessertification, Colombia 

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