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

Three things to ask this general election

 

Step into the Gap volunteer, Lizzie, who is currently volunteering at Just Youth, reflects on her recent trip to Cambodia and how it has inspired questions for her parliamentary candidates.

Lizzie with her MP and volunteer, Sophie

Lizzie (right) met her MP in October

On 18th April, Theresa May called a General Election. This was immediately followed by campaigning and manifestos, news reports and social media posts. The topics that got us all talking were Brexit, a term we have come to use on a daily basis, the NHS and education. During this time, one thing struck me: we are incredibly inward facing.
Don’t get me wrong, these are extremely important issues that any government needs to address, however as a nation we also have a duty to our brothers and sisters across the world, not just across the street. CAFOD supporters have shown time and time again this truth. Through campaigns and appeals, CAFOD has joined with other UK-based development agencies to show not only the government, but also the rest of the world, that we care for our common home and those we share it with.

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New Year’s Resolutions to change the world: Ann’s Resolution

Ann Wilson works for CAFOD in the Salford Diocese. Here she talks about her New Year’s Resolution and how you can make the world a better place in 2017.

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Ann Wilson (Right)

My New Year’s resolution is to use my bike more in an attempt to reduce my petrol consumption in order to do my part in mitigating against climate change. In our work for CAFOD, we often hear from our partners of the devastating effects of the change in climate from crops that are failing with drought and, in other areas, rains are coming at the ‘wrong’ times.

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