Climate change will form a key issue at the general election next year and people from around the Northampton diocese have demonstrated they mean business by coming together at the campaign launch in Milton Keynes.
With political parties gearing up to the 2015 election, more than 40 people visited St Paul’s School in Leadenhall on Saturday 1 November to learn more about the issue and to find out how they can lobby politicians to take action.
A short film was also screened on the damaging effects.
Rob Elsworth, Policy Analyst, Climate & Energy – CAFOD, gave a talk about the reality of the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
Engagement was strong as visitors made their climate change promises on heart-shaped pieces of paper, which were collated together to create an enormous heart for change. And cakes and biscuits were also sold to raise vital funds.
Maria Elena Arana, from the campaigns team, told the story of Sinteyo from Kenya whose community has been affected by climate change. They witnessed how the support from CAFOD is making a significant difference to the community by providing people with sustainable livelihoods while omitting any reliance on polluting fossil fuels.
The event was followed by All Saint’s Day mass, led by Bishop Peter and including song from the Christ the King (Bedford) Gospel Choir.
CAFOD’s campaign ‘One Climate, One World’ is calling for politicians to work together to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty and to support the transition from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable energy for all. CAFOD is campaigning as part of The Climate Coalition alongside over 100 organisations with millions of supporters across the UK.
- Current projections suggest that over the next 20 years up to 200 million people will be at risk of hunger if the planet sees the possible 2-3 degrees celsius rise in temperature.
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the lead authority on climate change science) says with 95% certainty that human activity is the main cause of climate change.
- Pollution from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas make a huge contribution to climate change.