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DOWNPATRICK and District Soroptimist International and Down District Council hosted the launch of an information leaflet which highlights the impact climate change has on present and future generations, and how by working in partnership they can make a difference.

An initiative to raise awareness on climate change has seen the promotion of a new leaflet by Downpatrick Soroptimists and Down District Council.

An initiative to raise awareness on climate change has seen the promotion of a new leaflet by Downpatrick Soroptimists and Down District Council.

The leaflet was produced by Downpatrick and District Soroptimists, Down District Council, Climate NI, and Isabel Hood, Environment Lecturer at the Open University.

Dr Patrice Cairns (Climate NI) said:  “Climate Northern Ireland is very pleased to have had the opportunity to support and contribute to this public awareness venture undertaken by Downpatrick and District Soroptimist International. The leaflet will further raise the profile of the impacts of climate change and how we may address this challenge, both on a local and global scale.”

Isabel Hood (Environment Lecturer) added: “The leaflet shows how domestic life styles, often chosen by women, have a significant impact on climate change.”

Speaking at the launch, Alex Hill (Met Office Chief Advisor) said: “Climate science and climate change are very complex often controversial subjects. How we live today is dependant not just what happens in our own back yards, but across the world. The production of the food we eat, the fuel we use, the clothes we wear and many other things are being, and will be affected by climate change. Getting that message across to people who live busy lives is not easy. The leaflet shows many of the ways climate change interacts with our world and it helps people to visualise the broader context what climate change means for our way of life.”

Down District Council  Chairman, Councillor Maria McCarthy also commente: “Down District Council is delighted to support this initiative. It is hoped the information leaflet will be distributed to schools, libraries and other public buildings alongside a presentation of the issues. A massive thank you goes to the ladies of Downpatrick and District Soroptimists for all their tireless efforts in promoting women’s issues in Down District, in particular how the environment impacts on the lives of women and girls.”