Get Big Oil Out Of Children’s Art

RE: Adjudication of 66th Texaco Children’s Art Competition


Dear Adjudicators,

In light of national and global concerns regarding the negative health and biodiversity impacts of the fossil fuel industry I am writing to ask you to please reconsider your scheduled adjudication of the 66th Texaco Children’s Art Competition on Wednesday, 15th April 2020.

I have spoken by phone to Ms. Bronagh Carron at Texaco Children’s Art. I informed her of my plans to commence a social media campaign to coincide with the awards ceremony. I will ask Irish society, and indeed art and nature lovers everywhere, to follow the example of a number of major arts institutions and museums around the world who have severed their ties with major oil companies like Texaco.

Over the past 30 years of my work with Just Forests I have seen big oil companies like Texaco destroy landscapes, ignore and trample on indigenous peoples’ rights, wipe out biological diversity and blatantly deflect attention from the damage their exploitative practices cause and the resulting climate/biodiversity  crisis.

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030 gives the global community 10 years to halt and hopefully revert damage caused to the earth’s most precious ecosystems. Every one of us has a role to play in doing what we can to restore vital life supporting landscapes for present and future generations.

I believe a big oil company such as Texaco, is not the appropriate body to fund a children’s art competition and I hope you will support my request to you.


Yours faithfully,


Tom Roche

Finucane Bench

The Aengus & Jack Finucane Memorial Bench.


I am delighted to announce that  myself and a very dear associate of mine Knut Klimmek have been awarded the contract to design, build and install the Aengus and Jack Finucane Memorial Bench by Concern Worldwide.

This is a particularily important project for me as I transition from almost 30 years of coordinating the work of Irish Woodworkers for Africa to  a return to my furniture making  workshop.

I feel very previlaged to have been awarded the contract and I am working on developing a dedicated website where you can find out more about this timely project.

So if you get a moment do visit the site and meet Knut and follow our progress by clicking on this link.

Concern Project


Humanity ‘devouring resources faster than it can create them’

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.

As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – has moved forward two days to August 1st, the earliest date ever recorded.

To maintain our current appetite for resources, we would need the equivalent of 1.7 Earths, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that makes an annual assessment of how far humankind is falling into ecological debt.

The overshoot began in the 1970s, when rising populations and increasing average demands pushed consumption beyond a sustainable level. Since then, the day at which humanity has busted its annual planetary budget has moved forward.

Thirty years ago, the overshoot was on October 15th. Twenty years ago, September 30th. Ten years ago, August 15th. There was a brief slowdown, but the pace has picked back up in the past two years. On current trends, next year could mark the first time, the planet’s budget is busted in July…

You can read the full article on Source: The Irish Times