CAFOD campaigners attend COP24 in Poland

On 5th December, I was privileged to join a team of CAFOD campaigners on a 24 hour coach journey to Katowice, Poland, where the COP24 (Conference of the Parties for the United Framework Convention on Climate Change) was taking place.

I’m sure you have all been following it in the news.

Our trip entailed getting to know other Catholic campaigners from across countries such as Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Germany, learning about their work in their own countries and the things they have been doing to try to tackle environmental issues.

CAFOD campaigners from the North West and North Wales credit Rosie Heaton

CAFOD campaigners from the North West and North Wales credit Rosie Heaton

The best day for us was Saturday 8th December, when we took to the streets of Katowice to join a march for Climate Justice, to show solidarity with the world’s poorest people who are affected the most by climate change.  It was brilliant to see such a great turnout overall, but in particular, to see CAFOD volunteers from across the country and spanning a wide age range, joining forces to be a loud voice for justice.

There was a great connection between the whole team, and we heard inspiring stories straight from people personally affected by Climate Change in their own countries such as Samoa, The Sami community in Sweden, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.

It was a strong message to us as individuals to think about how we live our daily lives and how every action we take makes a difference, whether it’s taking a bus and leaving the car at home, having one less flight abroad a year, or changing our energy supply to 100% renewable energy.  And also a strong message to world leaders that they need to enforce changes within their own countries in order to reduce emissions and ensure our planet remains within a temperature of 1.5 degrees, otherwise the consequences are life threatening.

An interesting comment I heard from Joe, a Pacific Warrior from Samoa, was that people talk about Climate Change in the future tense, however, for people like him, Climate Change is very much present and already having a lasting impact on his community.

We need to work together to live more simply before it really is too late!

There is still time to sign up for our Campaigning Masterclass!

There is still time and spaces available for our free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm, which will be led by

members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

Anyone aged 18-30 is able to take part for a day of developing campaigning skills and learning how to truly make a difference through campaigning. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

CAFOD’s campaigning targets those in need through tackling the issues of hunger and poverty, as well as speaking out for justice in order for families and communities to truly flourish. Through our campaigns we can help thousands more communities overseas than we would fundraising alone.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

The masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

  • How to campaign effectively
  • How to engage with your MP
  • Campaign success stories
  • How to make the most out of your campaign
  • How you can get involved with your local CAFOD

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass

Attend CAFOD’s first Campaigning Masterclass for free!

 

 

Campaigns masterclass for aspiring campaigners!

We’re looking for young adults aged 18-30, who are passionate about campaigning, to come and join us for a free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

CAFOD’s campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and hunger, not just the symptoms. Speaking out for justice goes hand in hand with our work overseas to help vulnerable families and communities to flourish.

It enables us to help thousands more communities than we could through fundraising alone, by advocating for changes in policy and practice to reduce poverty overseas. It includes political campaigning, but it is not party political.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

The masterclass is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, the masterclass will be led by a members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

After a day of building your skills, you’ll be supported to put what you’ve learned into action, to show solidarity and support for the world’s poorest people.

The masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass

Attend CAFOD’s first Campaigning Masterclass for free!

St Anne’s, Overbury Street, Shares the Journey!

On Sunday 1st July, members of St Anne’s parish Shared the Journey with a walk and picnic in the park. 50 people walked round the park, rounding up a dedicated week of walking from parishioners, who have walked a total of 430 miles! The parish had walkers of all ages taking part, with 15 children and lots of families joining in the picnic, and one 87yr old parishioner walking an amazing total of 10 miles during the week! What a fantastic effort.

Their fantastic effort adds to our CAFOD total miles, which at the moment is over 92,000 miles!

CAFOD supporter, Anne Marie, said, “We had a really good response from 50 people. We decided the best option would be to invite our parishioners to come together for a picnic after mass in Sefton Park before setting off on our walks, where we left it up to the individual how far they chose to walk. Some did half a mile, others did the whole 2.4 mile distance of the park. Those who could not join us for the walk took a prayer card and made their own pilgrimages, adding lots of extra miles to our total too. We were blessed with the weather and we didn’t need an excuse to have a picnic, it was a great event to bring our parish community together and show our support for refugees and migrants”.

CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said, “It’s so wonderful to see so many people of all ages joining together to share their support for refugees and the Share the Journey campaign. What a wonderful event!”

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St Richard’s School Share the Journey

War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Inspired by Pope Francis, we respond with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move.

We have already walked twice around the world in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. We are now aiming to walk a third time around the world to send a strong message to Theresa May that she must ensure that the UK takes a lead in the refugee negotiations at the UN later this year. You can sign our petition here.

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St Richard’s Catholic Primary school in Skelmersdale held a Refugee Walk in May to support CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign. 246 children and staff each walked 2 miles, adding a fantastic 498 miles to our total!

CAFOD supporter Julie Carr said, “The children, staff and student teachers took part in the Refugee Walk to highlight the difficulties our refugee neighbours face in their plight to live a safe life. Our children were shocked to learn of some of the dangers which they face day to day and were determined to join the Share the Journey campaign.  We managed to add 498 miles to the totaliser.  On the journey we passed a number of shoppers and dog walkers – the children were keen to pass the reason for their walk on in the hope that others would join in this worthy campaign.”

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CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said “This is such a fantastic effort from St Richards, it’s incredible to hear how the primary school students were so interested in learning about the plight of refugees and showed their support for them. What an amazing event!”

Can you hold a walk in your parish or community to stand in solidarity with refugees?

Find out more about the campaign.