Monaghan University of the Third Age (U3A) 

What do we tell the children when they start to ask us why?


​Open forum on.........Climate Change and Climate Justice

Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan

Friday 23rd October 2015

















Le chemin du temps – The time/life path -  (Albert Monier)


A Native American Proverb says - “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children”

Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice 

“Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centred approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly”.


 “The generations that came before us didn't know that their actions were causing climate change.  The generations who come after us risk inheriting an unsolvable problem.  We are the generation that can make the difference.” 


What does the U3A say?

Come to Monaghan U3A conference on Friday 23rd October at Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan town and get involved in the dialogue about climate change. The day will consist of: 


(a) Presentations by activists and practitioners in the areas of climate change and climate justice

(b) An intergenerational workshop

(c) Some light entertainment!!


The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, takes place in Paris just 5 weeks later.  

Can we make a contribution?



Registration – 9.00am to 10.00am


Morning Session 10.00am to 1.00pm


Session Opening - Sigurd Reimers, Grandparents for a Safe Earth


10.30 to 11.30am - Climate Change - Chair - John O'Hare


Fr. Sean McDonagh, Eco Theologian

Dr Frank McGovern, Head of Climate Change Research and Science EPA

Dr Paul Nolan,  ICHEC, Meteorologist


11.30am Questions


11.45 to 1.00pm - Climate Justice - Chair - Geraldine Kelly


Prof John Barry, School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy, QUB

Dr. Lorna Gold, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Trocaire


Season close - Elizabeth Vezina - Raging Grannies International and Yound Activist


12.45pm Questions


1.00 to 2.00pm – Lunch


Afternoon Session 2.00 – 5.00pm


2.00 – 4.00pm  - Intergenerational Workshop

Chair - Oisin Coughlan, Director Friends of the Earth Ireland


Intergenerational Workshop- Young FOE / Trocaire


Workshop comprising U3A members / attendees / Young Trocaire Activists 

/ Young Friends of the Earth / TY students - mentored by Age Action Ireland

and Linking Generations NI


Workshop outcomes


4.00pm Coffee


4.30 to 5.00pm Closing Entertainment - Oriel Singers


Registration Form

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you on the 23rd October

Registration fee €20 (for members of Monaghan U3A €15)
Includes morning and afternoon Tea/Coffee and buffet lunch
Payable in advance to John O'Hanlon, Treasurer, Monaghan U3A, 1 Beechgrove Lawns, Monaghan or on morning of conference at Four Seasons Hotel.
RSVP by 16th October by filling in the Registration Form or mailing:;;;