All we really lack is the will in this fight for the climate
Last Sunday two things happened in Ireland.
In the first half of the day, Tommy Tiernan’s testimony on his recent trip to Somalia was published in a Sunday newspaper. There was something about it, its directness, its clarity, that signaled that Tommy was now, would never take ‘no’ for an answer when it came to things like climate inaction or political abdication in the face of abject poverty. From his writings, there was a sense that Tommy had been changed in a purposeful way. It was the kind of work that could win a Pulitzer, but not the kind of work to report on the front page of the newspaper. Distant famines probably don’t make us buy newspapers.
Then on Sunday evening, in the cozy enclosure of the Pavilion Theater in Dún Laoghaire, comes out Margaret Atwood, 82 years old. While most of us know her as the acclaimed author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Booker Prize winner for its 2019 sequel The Testaments, the Canadian writer is also a poet.