Catholics are caring for our common home

14 February 2017

CAFOD campaigners support renewable energy outside Westminster cathedral

CAFOD campaigners support renewable energy outside Westminster cathedral.

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites us to care for our world, our common home we share. Here, we celebrate how Catholic dioceses, parishes and individuals all across the country are responding to this call by putting their faith into action.

18 dioceses switch to renewable energy

In 2016, we shared with you that 16 of 22 Catholic dioceses have already switched to sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar. 

Good news! We are pleased to announce that a further two dioceses, Wrexham and Southwark, have chosen to make the switch and it is hoped that the remaining four dioceses will join as soon as they are able.

Churchmarketplace, a not-for-profit collaborative buying group for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Interdiocesan Fuel Management will now provide renewable energy services for 18 dioceses. This is a wonderful way for Catholic community to protect our world from climate change.

Eileen Hayes from CAFOD Southwark says, “We are delighted that Southwark has joined this scheme. Individuals and parishes in this diocese have been strong supporters of CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign and supporting the use of renewable energy is a powerful witness and practical way to care for our common home.”

24th livesimply parish announced

Congratulations to Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Patrick parish in Walthamstow, Brentwood diocese, which has just become the 24th livesimply parish. The livesimply award recognises the commitment of Catholic parishes to living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with poor communities.

Parishioners have coordinated various livesimply activities including; reducing their energy use, holding a Walk to Mass Sunday, and using Fairtrade tea and coffee. They have also sheltered homeless people in the church hall over the winter months. The parish will soon be awarded the livesimply plaque by local MP, Stella Creasy.

Find out more about livesimply   

Individuals choose renewables at home

Caring for our common home and our global neighbours, starts in our own homes and our own neighbourhoods. And many of you are leading the way by switching to sustainable energy at home.

Since April 2016, 150 CAFOD supporters have switched to Ecotricity, the 100% renewable energy company. Thanks to this outstanding achievement, you have helped to generate £10,000 in donations to CAFOD.

This is fantastic news: it means that we are able to help more of the world’s poorest communities to tackle climate change and lift themselves out of poverty.

Want to make the switch? Ecotricity offer reliable, affordable green energy - and they’ll give up to £60 to CAFOD for every switch.

Switch your energy today 

More good news

We've got even more to celebrate, because this Valentine’s Day, we're joining our friends in The Climate Coalition to show the love for our planet. 

Watch this stunning short film and spread the word on social media using #ShowTheLove Don’t forget to wear and share a green heart with your loved ones and send us your photos on Twitter!

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