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)
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:
- Bake green heart biscuits with your children or grandchildren
- Knit or sew with your friends using our knitting and sewing patterns
- Inspire people in your parish with our children’s liturgy and prayers of intercession
- Write to your MP using our template letter or invite them along to your craft event.
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!