David Reynolds sent us this news:
The ECI Climate Justice Candle visited Christ Church, Bray, Co Wicklow as part of a Climate Justice Service in January.
We were delighted to be addressed by Jenny Salmon, one of our own parishioners. Jenny, a law student, has been selected as Concern Worldwide’s Youth Climate Ambassador, and attended COP27 in Egypt in that rôle.
Jenny walked us through the history of COP meetings, the Paris Agreement, and the largely unfulfilled promises that resulted. She also spoke about the new Loss and Damage Fund for vulnerable countries, and sitting in at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs which discussed Ireland’s contribution. She reminded us to raise the issue contributions whenever we meet politicians.
Jenny went on to talk about some of the personal interactions she had along the way. She spoke about meeting delegates from Tanzania on the flight from Cairo, then later encountering them at a meeting with Colm Brophy, our then Minister for Overseas Development Aid. When she asked them what she should do, they said “God put you on the plane to meet us. Now use your voice”.