NUI Galway to Host Annual Climate Congress Following Fossil Fuel Divestment Success

Mar 14 2017 Posted: 10:27 GMT

NUI Galway’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society will hold the third annual Climate Congress in partnership with Trócaire. This year the focus will be on Fossil Fuel Divestment and Sustainable Choices, and will take place in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, on Tuesday, 21 March from 10am until 5pm.

Last year, the CCAFS society submitted a petition of over 1000 signatures and a report highlighting the case for divestment of the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in fossil fuel companies. This report was welcomed by University President, Dr Jim Browne, and this year the University has agreed to withdraw these investments and adopt a sustainable investment policy.

Colm Duffy, Auditor of the CCAFS Society and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign, said: “Divestment movements are happening the world-over and Climate Congress 2017 will reflect this. A variety of guests will speak at the conference exploring the topic of sustainable investment from political, social, and environmental standpoints.”

Speakers at the Congress will include:

  • Thomas Pringle T.D., proposer of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill in Dáil Éireann
  • Ian Halstead of L&P Investment Services Ltd.
  • Clíona Sharkey of Trócaire

There will also be a participatory workshop on overcoming barriers to political engagement in the context of climate change, facilitated by Nuala Haughey of Think-Action for Social Change. The aim is give individuals and communities the tools to engage in the political system and have their voices heard.

The event is free to attend and lunch will be served in the afternoon. Registration for the talks is limited to 100 people and the workshop is limited to 25, so booking in advance is advised at

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