World Environment Day 5th June

This week there have been so many things to celebrate thanks to Volunteers’ Week. However, it does not stop here. Today we are also celebrating WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY! Who gets tired of celebrating these incredible days? I definitely don’t… especially when the celebration involves cake, but that is another topic.

So, today we wanted to celebrate the impact of CAFOD’s campaign Power to Be. More than 30,000 people signed the Power to be petition for the World Bank to ensure that the poorest people have access to renewable energy. This demonstrates how people are passionate about helping others and taking care of the environment.

The UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson said: “Without reliable access to electricity, entrepreneurs find it harder to set up small businesses and create jobs. Electricity is also crucial for communities, to provide light for children to study at night and to refrigerate vaccines in health facilities.”

Hope that this inspires you to keep going in those positive actions that you are already doing for the environment and climate. It is not only about acknowledging what we might do wrong for the environment, but also feeling proud that we are making a better world with our actions. Furthermore, the World Bank announced in December that they will no longer finance oil and gas exploration and production after 2019. This is a big step forward and shows that the World Bank is prepared to transform its energy spending.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Written by Estefanía González

Love, love, love… and green hearts

Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is coming! Love, love, love. This is a time to show that affection to our loved ones and from the CAFOD Salford office we wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

However, we know and see the impact that climate change is having on the Earth and our daily lives. So, in an effort to protect the beautiful parks and countryside around us CAFOD is trying to raise awareness by giving green hearts. Yes, that is right, GREEN HEARTS!

The Pope has been urging us to consider the effects humankind is having on the world, “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone.” (Laudato Si, 14)

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This is a moment to also think of our brothers and sisters who live in the poorest countries and are suffering the worst impacts of climate change.

One in six of our brothers and sisters around the world currently don’t have the electricity they need to power schools, clinics, homes and businesses. I urge you to help make sure the world’s poorest people get the energy services they need through sustainable sources such as solar power. See CAFOD’s “Power to be” campaign.

So, that is our mission for this Valentine’s Day, to show that we care by making green hearts and raising awareness about the issues that the environment is facing because of climate change. What better day to also express our love for God’s creation and our brothers and sisters!

All these little actions count and can change the way we think about and act towards our plant and others. So, we are encouraging everyone to start that conversation about climate change with those around us by making and sharing a green heart. Here are some ideas, but you can be as creative as you want:

Because everyone loves receiving hearts, and we love our world, let’s be conscious that we need to take care of it.

Sending you love and hundreds of green hearts!

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Four ways to get involved with Power to Be

Every child has the power to achieve great things, yet without access to electricity, the world’s children are being held back from living life to the full. Renewable energy gives children the power to break free from poverty. By supporting our Power to Be campaign, you and your parish can change lives for good.

 

Here are four ways to launch Power to Be in your parish:

1. Sign cards in your community

Order campaign action cards for everyone in your parish and get people to sign and send them to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to ask her to support renewable energy to tackle poverty, so that everyone can fulfil their God-given potential.

  1. Organise a Power to Be liturgy

Invite your parish or school to pray together with our Power to Be liturgy. You can even involve the children with our new children’s liturgy resource.

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CAFOD volunteers at Wardley Hall, sharing the Power to Be liturgy

  1. Spread the Word

Use our short talk and our prayers of intercession to get the word out in your parish. You can look at our organiser’s guide for more ideas. You could even meet with your MP.

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CAFOD Salford volunteers meeting with Julie Cooper MP

  1. Get creative

Create an eye-catching Power to Be sun display; perfect for children and adults alike!

St Brendan’s, Harwood in Bolton, set a great example earlier in the year, with their sun display which had promises to save energy, prayers for change and messages to the World Bank on its rays. Can you do something similar?

We have already had some fantastic responses to our campaign, but there is still time for you to get involved and make a difference!

Find out more about Power to Be here.