Christmas Day Swim

A Winter Sunrise at Salthill, GalwaySpending Christmas in Ireland this year, I am going to be taking part in the COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim at Black rock, Salthill, Galway. COPE Galway is a local Galway charity that provides services to those isolated in our community – including sustenance and social supports for older people, a refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence and accommodation for men and women experiencing homelessness. The COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim will take place, as usual, on December 25th at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am-1pm. This year we are aiming to beat the world record set last year  for the largest amount of people swimming in Santa Hats on Christmas Day. Please sponsor me at the following link 

Here is a video of last year’s event in Galway: Chilly!!

Rights and Environment

On Human Rights Day 2012, we explore the idea of environmental rights and environmental justice. Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth explains how environmental abuse has led to human rights violations in Darfur, Nigeria, Indonesia and Angola in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of San Diego. The talk explores whether or not we have a right to a clean environment and a right to environmental protection.

“The human rights movement and the environmental movement are and should be political allies.
They are conceptual allies, they are political allies,
and they need each other.”

– Kenneth Roth

For a more general video about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, first adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, see below: