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

Inspirational North West CAFOD Campaign Day at Loreto College

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CAFOD campaigners are briefed about the campaigning ahead.

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday, CAFOD campaigners from around the North West and further afield travelled to Loreto College in Manchester to be updated on CAFOD’s climate and energy campaign. Those who attended also had the opportunity to listen to Takura Gwatinyanya, from CAFOD partner Caritas Harare, who shared his experiences of how communities in Zimbabwe are struggling to manage the effects of climate change.

The campaign day began with a short opening liturgy taken from “Daily Prayers in the  Celtic Tradition”. During this liturgy those assembled remembered the gifts the Lord has given us by bringing forward water (to cleanse and refresh), bread (to nourish and sustain) and seeds (to sow in us a thirst for deeper meaning)  to place around the lit candle at the front of the meeting room.

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Gifts of water, bread and seeds brought forward during opening liturgy

Following the opening liturgy Maria Elena Arana, CAFOD Campaign Coordinator, lead a theology session covering the main aspects of “Laudato Si” and how this papal encyclical is intimately connected to CAFOD’s “One Climate, One World” campaign and the Year of Mercy. For further information and resources on the papal encyclical, campaigns and the Year of Mercy, just click on the previous links. Continue reading

Learn more about CAFOD at the Katherine House Open Day

On Saturday 4th June, between 12.00 and 6.00, you are invited to learn more about CAFOD at our local volunteer centre in Katherine House.

As part of Katherine House’s summer open day, CAFOD’s volunteer centre will be open for those wanting to see what CAFOD does, and find out more about volunteering and local opportunities.

There will be the opportunity to learn how CAFOD is responding to the refugee crisis and share your message of hope with refugees, through our Lampedusa cross reflection; and at 2.00 there will be a workshop about global justice.

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