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 🎧 ES, IT, FR

Moderator: 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, Trócaire, Ireland
•    Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director, Trócaire, 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 Trócaire (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 


An Cairdinéal  Cathal Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar.

Rugadh an Cairdinéal  Cathal Bo sa bhliain 1948 i Maenmar, agus b’iad John agus Juliana Tin a thuismitheoirí. Nuair a fuair a athair, an feirmeoir, bás sa bhliain 1950, cuireadh Cathal go dtí scoil chónaithe le Ord na Sailéisíneach i Mandalay. Ó 1962 go 1976 bhí sé ag staidéar ag Cliarscoil na Sailéisíneach i Maenmar. Oirníodh mar shagart é sa bhliain 1976 agus ceapadh mar chinnire ar Dheoise Chaitliceach Lashio i 1986. Sa bhliain 1988 oirníodh mar Easpag é.  
Is Rúnaí-Chisteoir é ar Chomhdháil Maenmar na nEaspag Caitliceach, agus ceannaire ar Chliarscoileanna,  ar shoiscéalaíocht , ar Sheirbhísí Radio Veritas sna hÓileáin Filipíneacha agus ar Oideachas ag an leibhéal náisiúnta.  Ar Eanáir 4 2015, d’fhógair an Pápa Proinsias go mbeadh sé mar an chéad Cairdinéal i Maenmar. I Mí Aibreán 2015, cheap an Pápa Proinsias é mar bhall é den Chomhthionól  d’institiúidí an Bheatha Chrabhaidh agus  Cumainn an Bheatha Aspalda, den Chomhairle Phontaifiúil um Chultúir agus den Rúnaíocht Chumarsáide

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, Trócaire, 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 Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency. For ten years she headed Trócaire’s Policy team, and now leads a project on the implementation of Laudato Sí 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”.

Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director, Trócaire, 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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