Sussex: Fr Seán McDonagh, Dr Mike Edwards to address J&P assembly

Fr Seán McDonagh - photo: The Irish Catholic

Fr Seán McDonagh - photo: The Irish Catholic

Water resources are beginning to be severely effected by climate change. Columban Fr Seán McDonagh and scientist, Dr Mike Edwards will be be speaking on this issue at the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton justice and peace assembly, entitled:  ‘Water in our World, a Thirst for Justice’ which takes place on Saturday 23 January at the Christian Education Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley.

Fr Seán is a missionary priest who is a leading thinker on green issues. He is a passionate campaigner for environmental action and is the author of several books including ‘The Death of Life’ and ‘Greening the Christian Millennium’. His involvement in environmental campaigning came from his years spent as a priest on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dr Mike Edwards, a trained scientist, is the Climate Change Adviser for CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development). During his 15 years as an environmental specialist Dr Mike has shared his theories on climate change with audiences all over the world. He is famous for his talk ‘Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt’ where Mike tackles philosophy, technology and spirituality as he charts changes in the earth’s climate and calls for a change in attitude to this global problem. And if you are lucky he will also play his didgeridoo at which he is a leading non-Aboriginal player.

David Thomson, Justice and Peace Adviser for Arundel & Brighton said: “The day will be a wonderful opportunity not only to reflect on ‘What next after Copenhagen?’ but also to look at the important issue of water and link into to organisations and individuals who are trying to bring about change.” He went on to say “We have two brilliant speakers who will not only entertain us but will also challenge us to action for change.”

All are welcome attend on Saturday 23 January from 9.30am – 3.30pm. For more information contact Ruth Gerun on 01293 651164 or email

Source: Diocese of A&B

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