Julie Cooper MP meets church group, speaking up about climate change

Members of St John the Baptist’s CAFOD Group recently met with Julie Cooper MP at her constituency clinic in Burnley to urge her to take action on climate change.

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Members of the CAFOD group with Julie Cooper MP

Asking her to help empower communities and households to enjoy cleaner, healthier lives here in the UK and overseas, members of the group encouraged Julie Cooper to write to the Prime Minister to urge her new government to:

  • Reaffirm the UK’s role as a global climate leader, working with international allies to fully implement the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015
  • Ensure all government departments work together to produce an ambitious emissions reduction plan that will meet the Climate Change Act (2008) targets by:
    • Unlocking local and community energy
    • Cutting energy waste in homes
    • Tackling emissions and air pollution from vehicles

The meeting was part of the Speak Up week of action, which saw thousands of local people meeting their MPs across the country in the week of 1st – 9th July. From nature walks to church tea parties, from community energy visits to school activities, people from all walks of life were making sure their politicians saw how much their constituents care about what we could lose to climate change.

The Speak Up week of action was organised by The Climate Coalition – a group of over 100 organisations including CAFOD, the Women’s Institute, Christian Aid, National Trust, WWF and the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust, as well as local groups.

After the meeting, Julie Cooper said: “Making the connection to local people concerned about climate change is important to me. I’m pleased to support their calls for greater action to protect what we love, be that our children, grandchildren, farmers in the developing world or the beautiful countryside which surrounds Burnley.”.

The members of St John’s CAFOD Group had to meet Julie Cooper a little after the week of action due to their other commitments. The group also asked Julie to sign one of the current CAFOD “Power to be” campaign cards which are calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people. Every child has the power in them to achieve great things, but with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Anne Marie Coppock, a grandmother from Burnley and member of the CAFOD group, said: “I want to see progress on tackling climate change because I care about my children and grandchildren’s future and for communities in East Africa, the Philippines and elsewhere already severely affected by the effects of climate change. I think we need to do all we can to protect them”

Take a look at some of the other events that happened as part of the Week of Action.

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