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)


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.


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.

St Anne’s Primary support Power to Be

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

St Anne’s Primary School, Audenshaw, have been showing their support for the Power to Be campaign with their very own schools visit from CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills.

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Children listening to Mrs Sivills’ assembly on CAFOD

The whole school had the opportunity to learn about CAFOD’s work around the world in an assembly, learning that worldwide one in ten people live in poverty.

The year sixes were then able to take part in a workshop, which taught the children about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and how some children across the world are sometimes unable to reach their true potential due to poverty and a lack of renewable energy.

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Children at St Anne’s writing to the world bank on their Power to Be sun rays

The class then wrote their messages to Melanie Robinson, the UK representative at the World Bank, encouraging her to invest more money into providing safe, renewable energy to people across the world.

CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills, said: “The school were delightful and the children really engaged in learning about CAFOD’s work.

“I presented the assembly stood by one of the school’s display boards, which said the word ‘justice’, which is exactly what CAFOD is about.

“The children will be continuing to support the Power to Be campaign by signing action cards.  Thank you to all the children and staff at St Anne’s!”

Miss Freeley, who co-ordinated the visit, added: “Mrs Sivills shared with us the harvest theme, ‘Brighten Up.’

“She then told us that when we raise money for CAFOD the money goes on training, safe spaces, education, small businesses, sharing skills and support.

“Thank you for coming in and sharing all about CAFOD with us!”

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