Seven campaign successes in 2017
29 November 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate. Here we reflect on seven super campaign successes and the part CAFOD campaigners played in making the world a better place.
1) Eviction stopped in Brazil
For months, almost a thousand people in the Mauá community in São Paulo – including older people, pregnant women, and children – have lived in fear of being thrown onto the streets.
Over 4,000 of you signed petitions, sent emails, and shared #FicaMaua photos on social media – all calling for a halt to the eviction. Your actions boosted a successful international campaign. Hundreds of families now have a roof over their heads for good.
2) Don’t ditch Fairtrade
From Fairtrade tea parties to fancy dress, your campaigning to demand Sainsbury’s not to ditch the Fairtrade Mark from its own brand tea has been truly inspirational. You showed your passion and persistence and there’s no question that Sainsbury’s stores and staff from across England and Wales now know the strength of your concern.
Sainsbury’s have not yet changed their position, but are very aware of the campaign and know that tens of thousands of people are watching their next move.
3) livesimply awards – 30 and counting…
Thirty communities – including parishes, schools and one university – can now celebrate receiving the livesimply award. Dozens more are working towards it.
They’ve shown their commitment to living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor communities with a range of inspiring activities – from welcoming refugees to growing their own food, from studying Laudato Si’ to installing solar panels.
4) We’ve got the power
It’s a scandal that one in six people worldwide still live without electricity, when local, renewable energy can help lift communities out of poverty.
This year, over 27,000 of you spoke up loud and clear to the World Bank and to the UK government – and they are starting to respond. In replies to questions from MPs, former Secretary of State Priti Patel stressed the strong influence the UK government has as a major shareholder at the World Bank. She also emphasised the importance of speaking up for energy spending that benefits the world’s poorest people.
5) Defending life-saving aid
In the 2010 and 2015 election manifestos, the three main political parties committed to supporting the world’s poorest people by spending 0.7% of national income on life-saving overseas aid. Would they stand by the same promise in 2017?
You sprang into action when a snap election was called. You stood up for aid and development by writing letters and emails to candidates and to your local papers. All parties maintained their commitment to overseas aid.
6) Government step forward in cutting carbon
Climate change pushes our vulnerable sisters and brothers around the world deeper into poverty. During the Climate Coalition Week of Action in June, hundreds of you urged your MPs to press the UK government to present its strategy for addressing climate change.
In October, we welcomed the government’s new Clean Growth Strategy, which set out an ambitious vision for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change. Thanks to your campaigning, the government has made a huge, positive step towards a low-carbon future.
7) Living out Laudato Si’
Two years on from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders gathered in Bonn to agree further action. We were there too.
Young CAFOD volunteers Eleanor, John-Paul and Ed shared their passion for Laudato Si’ at a global youth conference to coincide with the talks. At the same time, we presented new analysis which called on governments to respond to the climate challenge in a way that reflects the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.