Become a climate champion: Unique opportunity for 18-35 year olds

CAFOD Climate Champions meet other campaigners at Our Common Home residential

Young adults from around the globe, including CAFOD Climate Champions, have a laugh with a Uttoxeter Morris Dancer during an intercultural evening at the Our Common Home residential on climate action, co-hosted by CAFOD and CIDSE. Photo by Marta Isabel González/CIDSE 

What is a climate champion?

Climate change, living more sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith. This volunteer opportunity will enable you to gain new experiences, meet others interested in tackling climate change and play your part in creating a better world.

In 2018, our climate champions visited a sustainability camp and participated in an exchange with campaigners in Poland; they've written blogs; met their MPs; planned campaigning events in schools and parishes; learned loads about campaigning and contributed input to future climate change campaigns.

In the spring, we recruited over 15 new climate champions for 2019, who will become leaders in our new climate campaign, Our Common Home. 

See what Climate Champions got up to this summer

Skills and training

As a CAFOD climate champion, you will take part in workshops and a residential on sustainability and campaigning with other Catholic young adults from across England and Wales. Based on your own strengths and skills, we will support you in raising awareness about climate change, sustainable living and CAFOD campaigns in your parish or community, as well as talking to your MP and participating in our climate campaign.

We look for young adult Catholics, ages 18-35, with an interest in sustainability and/or campaigning with CAFOD who are enthusiastic to learn more. We also want to recruit people with a mix of skills, experience and backgrounds to take part. You don't have to be an expert!

For more information and how to apply 

If you're interested in becoming a Climate Champion, entry for 2019 is currently closed. But don't despair! 2020 is going to be a big year for campaigning on climate change and we are going to need you! There is a good chance that the UK will host the UN Climate Summit (COP26) next December. That means loads of moments to take action, join others at local and national events, and become a leader for change and protecting our common home.

If you think you may be interested in joining us for an exciting year in 2020, please get in touch with Libby Abbott: labbott@cafod.org.uk

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