Ahead of the G7 and COP26 conferences, hosted by the UK in June and November, CAFOD is calling on parishioners across England and Wales to push their MPs to respond to pressing global issues of the day. Joe Savage, CAFOD in East Anglia’s new Campaigns Volunteer Coordinator, reports.
I am from St George’s Parish in Norwich and studied at Notre Dame High School, where I regularly got involved with activities to support CAFOD. I am also a Cub Scout Leader and have frequently been on HCPT pilgrimages to Lourdes with group 716. Currently in my second year at the University of Portsmouth studying International Development, I’m delighted to be spending the third year of my course volunteering with CAFOD in East Anglia and Brentwood Dioceses, focusing on CAFOD’s Campaigns and Advocacy work.
2021 has been identified as the year to address Climate Change. Young people have the attention of world leaders, so now is our opportunity to campaign for change. I am attending the G7 summit in Cornwall in June as part of the CAFOD youth delegation of 19 young adults. It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m happy to speak about the experience to CAFOD supporters in parishes and schools on my return. If you would more information about this please contact me at: email@example.com.
Inspired by the words of Pope Francis in his second encyclical Laudato Si: “Unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment…”, a new initiative, under CAFOD’s Reclaim Our Common Home campaign, has been launched called ‘Parliament in Your Parish’. This campaign aims to encourage parishioners to organise online zoom meetings with their local MP to discuss issues such as climate change, unjust foreign debts and how we can rebuild after the pandemic.
Andrea Speranza, Campaign Engagement Manager at CAFOD, said:
“By organising an online meeting with their MPs, Catholics can play a vital role in ensuring that politicians put the poorest communities at the heart of these meetings.
“As a result of the pandemic, 150 million people are set to fall into extreme poverty. But with two major international meetings this year – G7 in June and COP26 in November – to be hosted by our Government, gives the UK a unique opportunity to become a force for good.”
If you would like to join our campaign and talk to your MP, information on how to how to set up a meeting and pointers on what to discuss with your MP can be found on our campaign’s page. It would also be great if you could let us know that you are having a meeting by filling out the details at the bottom of the webpage.
If you do have any questions, or require further guidance, feel free to email CAFOD Campaigns team at: PinyourP@cafod.org.uk
In addition, it would be great if you could sign CAFOD’s petition to Boris Johnson, to urge him to ensure that communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26.