CAFOD's climate change campaigning

We are inspired by Pope Francis who has spoken out in his Laudato Si' encyclical about climate change, poverty, growing global inequality and the destruction of nature as the greatest threats facing the human family and our environment.

Why climate change matters

In communities where CAFOD works, many are suffering from more frequent and extreme floods, storms, or droughts, pushing the most vulnerable people further into poverty. And farming families are struggling with more unpredictable seasons, meaning crops fail and livestock die because of a lack of food and water.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers worldwide, we are called to respond.

Climate change causes and effects

  • Over the next 20 years up to 200 million more people could be at risk of hunger if we don't take further steps to address the causes of climate change.
  • 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.

What is CAFOD doing on climate change campaigning?

As part of The Climate Coalition, alongside over 100 organisations with millions of supporters across the UK, we call for politicians to stop climate change and promote sustainable development by:

  • preventing climate change pushing people deeper into poverty
  • supporting the transition from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable energy for all.

We also campaign on climate change and justice as part of Catholic networks CIDSE, Caritas International and the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Join the Climate Coalition week of action (1-9 July 2017)

Climate campaign successes

Thousands of CAFOD supporters recently wrote to and tweeted DFID minister Nick Hurd MP to speak up for access to renewable energy at the Africa Energy Forum. He listened and in his speech addressed the need for renewable energy in Africa.

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics worldwide, including CAFOD supporters, called for an ambitious climate change deal in Paris in the lead-up to the crucial, global summit in December 2015. Your voices were heard. 

Read our response to the Paris climate agreement

How to stop climate change

Take action today - One in six people don't have access to the energy they need. You can help to change this. 

There are things we can all do to better care for creation and love our neighbours – from emailing to politicians to saving energy at home or at church to spreading the word about our Power to be campaign in your parish.

Read our climate change campaign ideas and find all the resources you need about climate change and energy.

Order your free Power to be organiser's guide

Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint

Read our climate change FAQs:

Includes popular questions such as 'what is climate change?' and 'how can I make a difference to climate change and poverty?'

Read our climate change myth buster

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