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.


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

Update on the “Speak Up For The Love Of…….” Climate Lobby

There is a letter signed by the CEOs of a number of The Climate Coalition’s member agencies – including Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD in the Catholic Times (p.6):

“On 17th June 9,000 people came together to ask their MPs to make sure the government takes strong action on climate change. Thanks to our friends, supporters and many of your readers, our MPs now realise that people from all parts of the UK, from every walk of life, want them to do more to tackle one of the greatest issues of our age. We’d like to thank everyone who joined us. By keeping the pressure on Parliament, and being part of The Climate Coalition, you’ve helped strengthen the case for investment in renewable energy and a low-carbon economy in which nature and people everywhere can flourish. In the run-up to international climate talks in Paris later this year, there’s still time for anyone who couldn’t join us to make their voice heard.”

To get involved in the climate change campaign of CAFOD, please visit the website:


CAFOD Salford Campaigners Join Thousands in Mass Lobby

CAFOD Salford campaigners gather in London

CAFOD Salford campaigners gather in London for mass lobby of Parliament

Climate Coalition Mass Lobby of Parliament – June 17th 2015

At least 9,000 people, including CAFOD supporters from every diocese, met their MP’s on Wednesday to talk about climate change and the devastating impact it’s having on people living in poverty overseas. In what was the biggest ever climate lobby of Parliament, almost half of all MP’s were asked to tackle climate change and deliver 100 per cent clean, safe energy by 2050 by groups ranging from the Women’s Institute to Greenpeace. CAFOD are a member of the Climate Coalition campaign organisation who organised this mass lobby of Parliament. In London CAFOD Salford was well represented and Mary Clark, CAFOD Salford Diocesan Officer, who was there shares her recollections of the day’s events below.

Our fantastic group of 25 who travelled from Manchester Piccadilly yesterday lobbied 9 MPs! Only one MP that had been contacted ahead of the lobby didn’t come (Graham Stringer, Labour – Manchester Blackley and Broughton).

We lobbied:

Lucy Powell, Labour – Manchester Central

Jeff Smith, Labour – Manchester Withington

Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour – Salford and Eccles

Kate Green, Labour – Stretford and Urmston

Simon Danczuk, Labour – Rochdale

Ivan Lewis, Labour – Bury South

Debbie Abrahams, Labour – Oldham East and Saddleworth

Andrew Stephenson, Conservative – Pendle

Nigel Evans, Conservative – Ribble Valley

Julie Cooper, Labour – Burnley and Padiham Continue reading