Reclaim Our Common Home

CAFOD's new campaign is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, and to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity.

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In 2020, we experienced the worst global health crisis in a century. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated lives and shattered families in Britain and across the world, with disastrous consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods.

The pandemic exposed many of the inadequacies of how our world currently works. It has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society.

Did you know that?

As a result of the pandemic, 150 million people are set to fall into extreme poverty and an additional 130 million people will be left hungry.

Let’s do something about it.

What action are we going to take?

As Catholics, we are called not to stay silent and not to be passive. This is why Reclaim Our Common Home is a call to action! It’s a call to participate both individually and collectively in rebuilding a more dignified and sustainable world after the pandemic.

To do this we need to:

  • RECLAIM nature so that everyone can breathe clean air and be protected from the threat of climate disasters.
  • RECLAIM the world’s land and resources so they are more fairly distributed and all our brothers and sisters around the world can live in dignity.
  • RECLAIM power so that everyone can be involved in decision making and have control over their own lives.
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Why 2021 must be a year of transformation

As the host of two major international conferences, the British government has a crucial role to play in 2021. In the summer, Britain will host the G7 annual meeting where the leaders of the seven richest countries will gather to discuss how to rebuild after the pandemic. This will be followed by the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks taking place in Glasgow in November, where world leaders will come together to agree how they will work towards ending the climate crisis.

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As the eyes of the world will be on Britain this year, it is vital that we all come together to raise our voices and ensure that our government listens.

“Global society is suffering from grave structural deficiencies that cannot be resolved by piecemeal solutions or quick fixes. Much needs to change, through fundamental reform and major renewal.”

Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, #179

Wherever you are, you have a role to play in helping to address these issues: 

  • Tackling the climate crisis by urging world leaders to use this year’s climate talks to agree ambitious goals that address the scale of the climate emergency and ensure that those countries least responsible do not end up paying the highest price.
  • Ending unjust debts by pushing for full debt cancellation for low and middle-income countries. This will free up vital resources so that they can tackle the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. 
  • Holding business accountable for practices throughout their supply chains to ensure that communities are protected from human rights abuses and environmental destruction carried out by multinational businesses
Did you know that?

African countries will pay out more than $10 billion in debt repayments in 2020 and 2021 alone. More than half will go to firms such as HSBC and BlackRock, some of the richest companies in the world.

Let’s do something about it.

Stay in touch

We will have ways for everyone to join the campaign throughout the year including our petition to the Prime Minister ahead of COP26, lobbying our MPs to get the most out of the G7, organising parish campaign activities and mobilising for the climate talks in Glasgow

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