Press Release HAI Summer School 2016

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 For Immediate Release:


Humanists to discuss Climate Crisis in Carlingford

The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) and the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland (Humani) have jointly announced their All-Ireland Humanist Summer School collaboration in Carlingford on the 26th – 28th August 2016 entitled Humanism and the Global Climate Crisis.

Confirming the line-up of speakers today, the HAI/Humani spokesperson, Áine Crawley said, “We are delighted to announce our speakers, who are experts in their field, to discuss the very important topic of how “Climate Chaos” is a real description of our future. With increased conflicts over diminishing resources, more frequent humanitarian disasters and mass migrations of refugees from areas where food crops no longer grow, we recognise that this crisis is unlikely to stop just at climate”

Speakers at this year’s Summer School, entitled “Humanism and the Global Climate Crisis”, include:

  • Caitríona Ruane, MLA for South Down
  • Kate Ruddock, Friends of the Earth,
  • Duncan Stewart, Environmentalist and Broadcaster
  • Eamon McCann, MLA for Foyle, Author and Journalist
  • John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Síle Headen, Scientist, Entrepreneur and Community Activist

This will be the 14th All-Ireland Humanist Summer School to be held jointly at the Carlingford Heritage Centre. Regular Attendees over the years have included members north and south of the border, as well as from Great Britain, Europe and North America. Details are available at and

Willie Collins, Chair of the Humanist Association of Ireland, speaking on this positive All-Ireland partnership commented that “Since 2002, both associations have come together to discuss and explore areas that are important to our Humanist community. Climate change and its effects are borderless and affect us all. In 2016, this joint Summer School is our most vital yet”.

Supporting the All-Ireland Humanist Summer School, Roger Kelly, Chair of the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland, said “Climate change is a world crisis. We in Ireland, need to act and we need to act now.’”

Sharing the detailed programme for the All-Ireland Summer School [see attached], Áine Crawley highlighted that as Humanists “our core values are Compassion, Equality and Reason. This year’s summer school aims to discuss, question and educate our community on what we can and should do to protect our environment. We welcome all like-minded visitors to join us”.

Conference details are available on our respective websites. and