Share a green heart to show you care about climate change this Valentine Day

Written by CAFOD volunteer Beth Crumpton

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  You are undoubtedly surrounded by shops filled with gifts for your nearest and dearest, but this year you can really make it count by supporting CAFOD’s green heart campaign and showing your love for God’s creation.

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Show the love this Valentine’s Day

This February, show you care by starting a conversation on climate change by crafting and sharing your own green heart.

Our beautiful world is under threat from the changing climate, and it’s the poorest people who are most vulnerable. One in five of our sisters and brothers still don’t have access to the clean energy they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

Last year students from Liverpool Hope University made their mark by holding a bake sale, pledging to go greener and sharing what they treasure about our planet: beaches, mountains, trees and bees!  It was a great way to consciously take action and to understand the changes our world is seeing.

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Get involved!

Follow Liverpool Hope’s lead and hold your own event with your parish or school community. This campaign is perfect for children’s liturgy.

Small actions contribute to making big changes, so this February we’d encourage you to make and share your green heart.

 

The more creative, the better!

 

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CAFOD’s campaign volunteer co-ordinator in Liverpool, Emily McIndoe, said: “It’s so easy to support this campaign and share your love for the environment. What a fun way to get children involved in liturgy, and a brilliant activity to complete with your family, friends and fellow parishioners.  You could even hold your own green theme coffee morning!”

If you hold your own event, don’t forget to share your photos with us on Twitter or by email liverpool@cafod.org.uk. We’d love to see your creations!

Find out more about the campaign.

 

 

Liverpool Universities’ Catholic Society CAFOD Launch

CS1The Liverpool Universities’ Catholic Society, known as ‘CathSoc’, recently launched new support for CAFOD.  They have actively participated in current campaigns, making young people’s voices heard,  to show solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters around the world.

CathSoc is part of the Catholic Chaplaincy and provides weekly student mass, as well as opportunities for all Liverpool students to explore and deepen their faith.

On 5th November, Emily Holland, CathSoc committee member and CAFOD volunteer, spoke at student mass to announce support for CAFOD and to invite people to get involved with their first campaign, which aimed to show solidarity with 1,000 members of the Maua community in São Paulo, Brazil, who were facing eviction from their homes.

CathSoc received over 30 signatures on their petition and took photos of individuals

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Fr Neil Ritchie showing his support for the Maua community

holding a sign stating ‘#Ficamaua’ (i.e. #StopMaua) to show their support through an online Twitter campaign.  On 21st November, it was announced that the eviction had been overturned and will not go ahead.  This was fantastic news for the Maua Community and a great way to kickstart the students’ involvement in CAFOD campaigns!

Fr Neil Ritchie, Chaplain to the Liverpool Universities, has been very supportive and enthusiastic about getting the students involved with CAFOD.  On 12th November, he supported CathSoc when they held a Power to Be card signing after mass.  With over thirty cards signed so far, and more being handed out each week, it is a wonderful effort by all.

Emily Holland said, “As students, we are generally rather limited on the funding front, but we all want to do what we can to support the global community, so CAFOD is absolutely perfect for us! The response even just for the first two campaigns has been unbelievable, with thirty signatures for the Maua community and another thirty cards signed for Power to Be.  We’re all so excited to see what else we can get involved in, and hopefully this will be the start of a long-lasting partnership between the students of Liverpool and Catholics around the world!”

Emily McIndoe, CAFOD Volunteer, said, “Part of our aim in reaching out to the Universities was to build on the concerns that students have about social justice and their abilities to build links with like-minded people over these.

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Students getting involved with the Power to Be campaign by signing cards

Many of our campaigns are so easy to get involved in and are centred around raising awareness of key issues. The students were keen to get involved and were surprised at how easy it is to do. It has been inspiring to watch how enthusiastic everyone involved has been and to see such a positive result has been fantastic! I’m excited to see what they will do in the future.”

It’s great to see the Universities getting involved with campaigning for CAFOD and it is a great demonstration of how easy it is to do.

Find out more about CAFOD Campaigns, by clicking here.

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Fantastic news from #FicaMaua!

We’re sure you’ll have seen our countdown over on our Twitter and Facebook accounts urging CAFOD supporters to stand in solidarity with a community in São Paulo who have been facing eviction from their homes. 

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237 families were faced with the uncertainty of losing their home, but thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we are thrilled to say that there will be no eviction!

Thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we are thrilled to say that there will be no eviction!

Over three and a half thousand people signed the petition from across England and Wales.

More than one hundred supporters from the North West took a photograph of themselves with a #FicaMaua sign and signed the petition in order to spread the word, and it’s only with the ongoing pressure from CAFOD supporters that the eviction has been overturned.

You can watch a video of our supporters holding their #Ficamaua signs by clicking here

 

CAFOD Liverpool’s campaigns co-ordinator, Emily McIndoe, said: “We’re so pleased with the result of this campaign.  The support from parishioners in the Archdiocese of Liverpool has been astounding.  What great news!”

This success truly is testament to the power of campaigning – well done, and thank you for adding your voice to the petition.

For more information, please click here!

 

Share The Journey

On Wednesday 27 September, Pope Francis demonstrated his special concern for people on the move by launching Share the Journey, a new campaign which supports refugees and migrants.

Share the Journey brings together more than 200 Catholic organisations, including CAFOD and Caritas Social Action in England and Wales, as well as our sister Caritas agencies in every continent. Together, we will call on all our governments and on all people, to play their part in welcoming and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to poverty, war, persecution or natural disaster.

Pope Francis said, “Hope is the desire to share the journey of life, as the Caritas campaign that we inaugurate today reminds us. Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be afraid to share hope!”

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The Pope’s actions aim to highlight the Church’s commitment to sharing the journey of people on the move. World leaders must be called upon to do the same as they begin to negotiate new UN global agreements on refugees and migration, which are due to be finalised in September 2018.

In 2016, nearly 40,000 CAFOD supporters sent messages of hope to refugees. These messages are being shared with refugees in Europe and all across the globe. In 2018, CAFOD will produce new materials to help Catholic parishes and schools to get involved with the Share the Journey campaign, building up to a week of action in June 2018.

Colette said “we’re really excited to launch Share The Journey in Liverpool. It’s our opportunity to come together in our parishes and schools to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas. If you would like to find out more please do get in touch with us here in the office on 0151 228 4028; we would really love to see as much participation with this as possible”.

We’re asking you to sign our petition to call on the UK government to take a lead in protecting refugees.

Find out more here.

 

 

One World Week Food Taster Event

The Church of the Good Shepherd recently held a One World Food Taster event to celebrate One World Week. Fairtrade products were on sale as well as dishes from around the globe, including food from Thailand, Ireland, Poland and the USA as well as many others. Local MP Stephen Twigg, who is very supportive of the event and of CAFOD, was also in attendance.

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One World Week runs from 22nd – 29th October and includes United Nations Day (24th October), but events are held all year round. Each year thousands of people take part in events organised by volunteers with the common purpose of sharing understanding about some of the global issues that affect us all and to recognise we can all make a difference.

This year’s theme is Good Neighbours: My World Depends on Us. Being a ‘good neighbour’ includes actively looking out for our neighbours to ensure their needs are met and has applications at the personal, local, national and international level. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have identified the needs of our global neighbours and governments around the world, including that of the UK, have pledged to address them. This week especially, we are asked to consider what we need to do to be a good neighbour in a globalised world.

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Colette Byrne said “I really enjoyed the event, a lot of effort went in to creating delicious dishes from around the world! There was an excellent turn out and a great amount of money raised for the Medaille Trust and CAFOD. Thank you to everyone involved, I was really impressed to see all faiths coming together to make this event happen, it’s good to see people working together, and of course, the food was absolutely fantastic!”

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