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. Continue reading

CAFOD Salford launch of ‘The B.O.B. Box’

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The launch

On 20th June CAFOD Salford’s ‘simple, practical response to Laudato Si‘ was launched at St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale.

Our B.O.B. box, a dual purpose bird-nesting or bat roosting box, is set to make a huge impact across the Diocese of Salford – making a contribution to improving our own environment as well as supporting CAFOD’s work overseas.

The launch was attended by over 50 people – parishioners, volunteers and

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Steve Burrowes ( CPC Salford ) Liz Creagh ( HMP Buckley Hall ) and Bishop John Arnold at B.O.B. launch – St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale

representatives from local schools, members of Rochdale’s Catenian Circle and staff from HMP Buckley Hall, who will be participating in the project. We are, like with our partners overseas,  working in partnership with HMP Buckley Hall to respond to Pope Francis’ call for us all to show our love for our common home by “living more wisely, thinking more deeply and loving more generously.”

Bishop John Arnold, who has been an encouraging supporter of the project from the outset, gave the project a ringing endorsement when he said :

In ‘Laudato Si’, the letter of Pope Francis to us all, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’. We have to look after our world and all the creatures in it, just as we are to look after each other and never forget or ignore the needs of the people in the poorest countries of the world.

bob3The B.O.B. boxes give us a real opportunity to connect with nature, by helping endangered birds and bats that are so important to our local environment.

And by buying the boxes we provide much needed funds to help the poorest of people to have clean water and build sustainable livelihoods for themselves.”

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Sophie reflects on her year as a Gapper

In this blog we hear from Sophie, one of Salford’s wonderful gappers, as she comes to the end of her year-long placement with CAFOD.

 

“This year has been such an enjoyable and unforgettable year by far.

Volunteering for CAFOD has given me such wide perspective on life.  I have developed my leadership skills and self confidence by campaigning for CAFOD and sharing the stories of the people I encountered overseas in Ethiopia.  Being able to go overseas and see the work that CAFOD do has just been my highlight of the year and it has been a privilege to be able to tell people, especially CAFOD supporters, about it, letting them know that what they are doing is really making a positive difference to our brothers and sisters across the world.sophie end ofyear.png

I have become so close with the other gappers over the year, making strong relationships and unforgettable memories that I will treasure forever.  This year has truly enriched me and guided me to what vocation I want to do in life.  I am now off to Lancaster University to study Social Work.

Even though the Step into the Gap programme for this year is coming to an end, I will still continue to be a CAFOD Supporter, putting my faith into action for social justice.

I would like to thank CAFOD Salford for making me feel truly welcome and for all their dedication and hard work.  I would also like to give a huge thank you to all the schools I have met through talking about my overseas visit.

I wish everyone reading this a lovely summer and may God bless you on your journey.”

Inspired by Sophie’s experiences? Find out more about the Step into the Gap programme.