Be Part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution

Social justice activist Pino Puglisi, once said “If everyone does something, then we can do a lot.” It was very encouraging to see a full room of people gathered last night who want to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. This is a very topical matter in all the media internationally and locally. In our diocese – 45 parishes in Kerry and 8 in West Cork – we are promoting this message connecting faith and action. Pope Francis launched this call to action on 1st September which is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of a five-week Season of Creation. It finishes on 4th October, the feast of St. Francis. It’s a time when all Christian churches respond worldwide to care for our common home. Pope Francis’ vision is a consistent message of care – for people, for life, for all creation. His Letter “Laudato Si – on care for our common home” was addressed to all people of goodwill, breaking from the tradition of addressing Catholics only. The use of that “our Common Home” calls forth our shared responsibility in changing our habitual ways of doing things, and of working collaboratively to create a better future for our children and the generations to follow.  See, Judge Act: Unfortunately Vinny Hyland was unable to be present, but his film documentary Plastic in Paradise  captured the attention of all present. Angie Nagle, a VOICE ambassador (Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment) led an engaging presentation on the practicalities of recycling. The evening was a heartening reminder that as People of Hope we are invited to live Laudato Si alongside a vibrant network of local action groups. Present with us were the Kerry County Council Environmental Officer and members of Kerry Sustainable Energy Cooperative and Transition Corca Dhuibhne who brought the following to our attention:

A talk on Challenges of Plastic Waste Management will take place on Wednesday 26th September @ 2pm in the KCC Area Office, Library Place, Iveragh Rd., Killorglin.

Call for Volunteers: Making Dingle Food Festival Waste Free  6th & 7th October 2018  Be part of an inspirational team of volunteers working towards making the Dingle Food Festival waste free, with this fun community-led initiative. We are looking for volunteers to attend the rinse stations and waste segregation bins for one stint over the weekend of the Food Festival. It’s a simple enough task and time flies by; instructions and guidance will be given to volunteers – basically it is helping festival-goers choose the right bin for their waste or making sure everything is in order at the rinse station. It’s very satisfying and rewarding work, festival-goers really appreciate the help and you can have good craic as people are in great form. Its one of the biggest and definitely the best food festival in Ireland and volunteering is a lovely way for you to be part of it. Volunteers are needed to support our initiatives to reduce waste at the Dingle Food Festival and to make it greener one – we are aiming to be waste free by 2020. We are making festival packs containing reusable tableware available and encouraging food stalls to use compostable containers and cutlery. Contact Darach 087-2153758 or email or via our Facebook page

Let our thanks be seen by our lived faith in action: reducing the use of plastics in our homes, parishes, schools, offices, shops…BE Part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution! Photos from last evening are available on our Gallery

News update…following the presentation several stall holders from Milltown Market decided to go completely plastic free. Let’s support them.

“Be Part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution” Diocesan brochure JPIC plastic pollution final draft 22 june agus  JPIC plastic pollution GAEILGE

Plastic Pollution Awareness evening 2018

“An authentic faith, always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters.” (#183 Joy of the Gospel)


The Diocesan Season of Creation initiative was launched on Saturday 1st September as part of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation celebrations. Held in the beautiful Tralee Town Park on a sunny morning, faith leaders and members of parishes and local Church of Ireland communities joined in a service of thanksgiving and commitment.  “Be Part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution” is an encouragement to connect our faith life and care for creation in simple practical ways. If we could each commit to one action, that care for our common home will be visible. Pope Francis calls this … holiness growing through small gestures!

Pope Francis offers encouragement for this ongoing action Pope Francis Season of Creation 2018

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