Blogs and Articles

Blogs and articles from Britain and around the world written by Columban missionaries and people experiencing Columban mission, covering the broad range of Columban mission themes.

Blogs and Articles relating to Climate Change


  • ColClimate 31st August 2017

    Season of Creation begins on 1 September

    by Katie Fitzpatrick

    Thousands of events to celebrate the Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on 1 September and the beginning of the Season of Creation have been recorded by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

  • Anna-lobbying-on-climate-change 6th January 2016

    Reflections on Laudato Si’ for those who walk with the young

    by James Trewby

    One of my highlights of the last weeks was sitting with a group of secondary school teachers, reading and discussing extracts from the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’. It was great to hear their enthusiasm and to share in the challenges and encouragement the document presents to those who work with the young.

  • Columbans support 'The Wave' climate march in December 2009. 19th September 2014

    People’s Climate March – for our common future

    by Ellen Teague

    On 23 September, 120 world leaders – including Prime Minister David Cameron – will meet for an historic climate change summit in New York.

  • forrest 10th November 2011

    Threats to the Amazon

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    I recently spent a week in Iquitos on the Peruvian Amazon attending the Second Franciscan Seminar on the Amazon. The theme of this year´s seminar was “Defending the territory and the waters of the Amazon.” The day before the seminar began, I had the privilege of spending four hours with Jose Alvarez Alonso, who is a researcher at the Institute for Investigation (Research) into the Peruvian Amazon and is based in Iquitos.

  • Hertford College 17th October 2011

    We Can’t Live on the Internet – a Reflection for World Food Day

    by Ellen Teague

    The following talk was given by Ellen Teague during the evensong service for World Food Day – 16 October – in the Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford University at the invitation of the chaplain, Revd Gareth Hughes.

  • The Bonn Climate Change Conference 13th June 2011

    The Bonn Climate Change Conference

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    Sean McDonagh reports on the challenges facing the important Bonn Climate Change Conference in the lead-up to the major summit in South Africa later this year.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 8th December 2010

    Reports from the climate change conference in Mexico

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    In racing terms we have rounded the last bend are on to the home straight. On some courses, I am told, the final furlong or two involves climbing a steep incline, so a lot more will happen here between now and Friday, Dec. 10, when COP 16 ends. In this report I will try and give a flavor of what has taken place here since Nov. 29.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 10th December 2009

    Report on the climate change issue of “Adaptation”

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    Columban Missionary Fr. Sean McDonagh is attending the U. N. Climate Change conference in Copenhagen. He sent NCR this discussion on the issue of “Adaptation,” a term widely used in the climate change debate, defined as the socioeconomic, institutional and cultural ability to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

  • Ellen Teague 4th October 2009

    A Christian response to Climate Change

    by Ellen Teague

    Writer and campaigner Ellen Teague  gave the following short talk during Sunday Masses at Our Lady Help of Christians  in north London,  as part of the parish’s St Francis of Assisi weekend on climate change.

  • Ellen Teague 23rd June 2008

    The Atlantis Effect

    by Ellen Teague

    The president of Kiribati, a small Pacific nation of low-lying atolls, has issued an appeal for the international community to help relocate its population as the nation’s 33 atolls begin to succumb to the sea