Lorna Gold works for Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency. She is a specialist in International Development who has worked in an academic and NGO context for almost two decades. For ten years she headed up Trócaire’s Policy, Research and Advocacy team. Currently, she is leading a project on how the Irish Church can implement Pope Francis’ message on integral ecology, articulated in Laudato Sí. She writes and speaks extensively on Pope Francis’ vision and was responsible for chairing an all-female panel at the launch of this encyclical in the Vatican with world-renowned author, Naomi Klein in 2015. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from Glasgow University and as well as working for Trócaire, lectures in Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. She has published widely, being the editor and author of numerous books, journals, policy reports and academic papers. She is a regular contributor to public debate in Ireland and internationally on climate justice and helped co-found ‘Stop Climate Chaos’ Ireland in 2006. She is vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a member of the Irish Government’s Advisory Group on the national Climate Dialogue. She is originally from Scotland and is married with two children. Her most recent book entitled “Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future”, was released in June 2018 by Veritas. Inspired deeply by Pope Francis, it tells the story of a mother and activist awakening to the plight of the next generation. Lorna is married with two children and lives in Maynooth, Ireland.
In our church and in our world today there are many people and places where the Spirit is blowing. Even over the past weeks, as the scandal and negativity swirls around, green shoots have been appearing on the tree. They have been growing from the grassroots up in the most surprising places during this Season of Creation.VIEW