“I wish to address every single person living on this planet…we need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affect us all” (LS, 3, 14).
During Laudato Si’ Week, Trócaire and the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) teamed up to launch the photographic exhibition Caring for Our Common Home, celebrating the courage of people who have taken a stand to create a safer, cleaner and more just world.
The exhibition was opened by Trócaire’s Deputy CEO Finola Finnan and TUD’s Vice-President for Sustainability, Jennifer Boyer. Boyer introduced the University’s Strategic Intent document which has three pillars: People, Planet and Partnership.
President of TUD Professor David FitzPatrick later said: “At TU Dublin, we are embarking on an exciting journey towards 2030 and we invite you to join us so that we can create a better world together.”
The exhibition, which runs through July 29, features portraits of some of the brave women and men with whom Trócaire works to defend their communities. It also includes images of activists across the island of Ireland who take a stand to achieve a more sustainable world.
Attendees are invited to reflect on the seven Laudato Si’ goals and make a small pledge towards ecological justice in their own lives and support Trocaire’s Business and Human Rights campaign. We are all invited to consider how we might play our part. How will you play your part in caring for our common home?
“A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS 49).