Going Greener:
Mary Robinson
on Climate Change

Former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson.

By Mary Gallagher, Assistant Editor
April 2019

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson spoke frankly on her ideas for how Ireland should combat climate change on the inaugural episode of University College Cork’s podcast Plain Speaking, on March 27. In her discourse with program host Eoin Hahessy, Robinson covered a multitude of related issues facing Irish and global society, ranging from how to cut out the use of fossil fuels without destroying the livelihoods of workers in those industries to encouraging and making the most of activism in the younger generation of Irish citizens to reduce emissions and embrace alternative energy sources.

Robinson elaborated on the importance of Ireland being proactive in environmental protection. “Ireland is a small nation; we don’t have a huge industrial base, but we have to play our part,” she said. “Indeed, some of the small islands and the least developed countries are the most ambitious because they’re going to be the most affected by what happens elsewhere.”  ♦

_______________

Click here to hear the podcast in its entirety.

Leave a Reply




Share



More Articles

Fighting Poverty and Climate Change

℘℘℘ Global poverty and climate change can be averted by 2030. That’s according to Declan Kelly, a...

More

Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling is president and CEO of Northwell Health. He began his career as a faculty member at Fordham...

More

News from Ireland:
October / November 2019

The latest goings on. ℘℘℘ Ireland is particularly exposed to economic turbulence from a no-deal...

More

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Cork Hosts Summit
on Climate Change

With the theme “shared voices from small island nations,” the 2019 SeaFest and Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork, 7-9...

More