The 2017 Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Competition is now open

17th January 2017

"Before the Storm" is the theme of this year's Trócaire and Poetry Ireland poetry competition, which will open for entries on Friday 20th of January 2017.

The theme of this year's competition is "Before the Storm", exploring how people prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America, with approximately one million households living below the poverty line.

It is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and was the worst-affected country in the world from 1993 to 2014.

During this period of time, at least 65 extreme weather events affected Honduras, including six of the 12 strongest hurricanes of the 20th century.

In October 1998, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths, devastation of the country’s infrastructure and drinking water network, and extensive crop losses.

Working with Trócaire, some of the most vulnerable communities in Honduras are taking action to ensure that they can fight back against the effects of climate change... this is called 'Disaster Risk Reduction', or DRR.

It means making a plan to prepare for the next extreme weather event, to ensure the least amount of damage possible. DRR is what you do to get ready... "before the storm".

>> Find out how to enter this year's Trócaire and Poetry Ireland poetry competition