Liverpool Universities campaign for creation

On Thursday 28th March, students from the Liverpool Universities Catholic Society came

Cathsoc Creation Mass for CAFOD

Cathsoc Creation Mass for CAFOD

together for a Creation Mass, quiz and curry as part of CAFOD’s new ‘Our Common Home’ campaign.

Climate change affects our health, our homes, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes. It ruins the work we do to fight poverty and lead better lives. We know that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must limit global temperature rise to 1.5C. Going above 1.5C warming could multiply hunger, migration and conflict. To stand the best chance of avoiding this, we need the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045. This will mean Britain no longer contributes to climate change. You can sign our petition to the government too!

Cathsoc shared meal after creation mass

Cathsoc shared meal after creation mass

The event started with Fr Neil Ritchie leading a Creation Mass, which included creation themed hymn, prayers and readings. He also showed a video of Pope Francis speaking about the importance of caring for our common home. The mass was followed by a vegetarian curry and rice made by one of the students which was enjoyed by all. CAFOD Representative, Kelly Habarugira, introduced the campaign to the students, explaining why we, as Catholics, need to join the fight against climate change and encouraged attendees to sign the petition. The climate change quiz was a big hit, sparking debates about the impact our everyday lives have on our environment, CAFOD’s work and the need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C.

Kelly said “Overall, I think it was a very successful event. We read the organiser’s guide and executed the event in our own style. It was easy to step up the event due to the amount of attendees and the division of responsibilities. Everyone enjoyed the evening, and the quiz was very informative and competitive!”

Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said “I thoroughly enjoyed the

Cathsoc students at Creation Mass for CAFOD

Cathsoc students at Creation Mass for CAFOD

Creation Mass and quiz, Kelly and the CathSoc committee did a fantastic job – everyone got involved and it was great to see so many students coming together to campaign for climate change. This was the first event for the new campaign in the Liverpool diocese, and it is a wonderful indicator of exciting things to come!”

Find out how you can get involved with Our Common Home.

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!

 

 

Una Share’s her Journey along the Camino Trail

Today, we are hearing a lovely reflection from one of CAFOD’s supporters, Una O’Kane, as she has taken on the wonderful opportunity of walking the Camino trail.

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Una takes on the Camino trail for CAFOD’s Share the Journey Campaign

I started this Camino needing a few weeks away from the rat race of life, to appreciate every little bit of the beauty of my surroundings, to challenge myself emotionally and physically which I hoped would in turn enrich my spirituality.  It has exceeded these expectations but with it, I have been overwhelmed by the blessing of choice.

A few days ago a cousin suggested I add to the mileage for Share the Journey.  I wanted this to be very meaningful for me, as I hadn’t thought of it on the beginning.  It started out as a very personal venture, and still remains that way.  But the day after I received that message I committed to dedicating every kilometre to the refugees who have to make an unfathomable journey with no sense of choice.

I chose to walk this walk. To do so many kilometres in a day, and to walk in rain and blazing sunshine, which in turn have given me blisters, and aches and pains, in parts I didn’t know my body had. I chose to create that pain and walk with it. I chose the boots for my feet, and the walking sandals that would give them relief – deliberating over what would be best to protect my feet, and prevent any pain. I had that choice, and that time to research footwear and a suitable rucksack, and time to get my body used to it before starting my journey.

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Appreciating our gifts and choices for CAFOD’s Share the Journey

I chose exactly what to take with me, packing everything I would need.  I chose to hike some coastal cliffs which took me to the edge of my fear, knowing it was only me, I had to get to the other side and with walking sticks to support me.  And a fellow pilgrim who gave me encouragement and showed unlimited patience in keeping me together.  I chose when to go, which suited well in the job I’m fortunate to have, with the holidays I’m so lucky to choose what to do with, as I wish.  My job also financed my journey.  I choose when to stop walking each day, based on where I can sleep.

Each day is a lottery to get a bed for the night, but there are always options if I don’t get my first or second choice.  I still get a safe and secure place to sleep each night.  I choose when to stop, when to eat and what to eat.  I choose when to go home and when I get home, I know exactly what I’m going to – the home I chose for myself.  I was overwhelmed by the stories of child refugees when we were reflecting on Share the Journey in school.  But in doing my journey, every challenge has been recompensed by the fact that everything is my choice and it is a gift.  For everyone that doesn’t have a choice and needs to travel in unimaginable ways, with no warning, little by way of food, security and clothing, and with children, elderly or sick people, with no definite place to go to, or how survival will happen when there, I think of you with every niggle or difficulty I face.  I wish you safety and security – without the need to leave the place you call ‘home’.  And I hope for a time when everyone has the gift of choice.

People from across England and Wales have been walking around the world with us as part of our Share the Journey campaign.  We are now on our fifth lap!  If you still haven’t logged your walk or signed your Share the Journey action card, there is still time! By walking you will send a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

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The start of Una’s Share the Journey walk along the Camino

 

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!