Five ways Catholics can change the world in 2020

13 January 2020

Walk of witness

CAFOD supporters took part in a Walk of Witness from St-Martin-in-the-Fields to the Houses of Parliament on the morning of The Time is Now lobby in 2019. Photo credit: Eleanor Church

As we start 2020 we’ve thought of five ways you can change the world. Join us in raising your voice for the most vulnerable people living in poverty and, together, who knows what we can achieve this year?

1) Sign up to be a campaigner

Being a campaigner doesn’t have to take over your life – you might have campaigned without even realising it. Ever signed a petition or contacted your MP about an issue that you care about? Then you’re a campaigner already!

CAFOD campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty and hunger, rather than just the symptoms. Stand alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty and speak up for the voiceless. It’s as easy as signing up to our campaign emails to stay up-to-date with our new campaigns and the successes we achieve, as well as the ways you can get involved.

Become a campaigner today

2) Get on board with Laudato Si’

All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents. #14

Our climate is a common good and we’re invited to help protect it by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato Si’.

No matter how busy our lives are we can all make time to appreciate and act on the words of Laudato Si’. Whether this is choosing to eat less meat, joining a car share scheme, or simply taking time to pray and reflect on the differences we need to make to protect the earth, all of these choices take us a step closer to a better world.

Read more about Laudato Si’

3) Volunteer to be a Climate Champion

Climate Champions at Time is Now lobby

Climate Champions Hannah Jordan, Beth Sorensen and Stuart Henderson join together to meet their MPs at the Time is Now lobby. Photo by Eleanor Church.

Aged between 18-35? Each year CAFOD takes on around 20 young volunteers to work specifically on campaigning on climate change. Climate change, living more sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith.

This volunteer opportunity enables you to gain new experiences, meet others interested in tackling climate change and, ultimately, to play your part in creating a better world. As a Climate Champion, you will take part in workshops and a residential on sustainability, and campaign with other Catholic young adults across England and Wales.

Based on your existing strengths and skills, we will support you in raising awareness on the climate issues of today. You’ll work within your parish or community, as well as talking to your MP and participating in our climate campaigns.

Apply to be a Climate Champion

4) Become an MP Correspondent

Your local MP is your link to Parliament. They have the power to influence decisions which will affect the future of the world’s poorest people.

By becoming a CAFOD MP Correspondent (MPC), you can help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard by those that can make a difference.

Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. By becoming an MPC you could continue the good work and continue to push MPs to make greater changes.

5) Choose to livesimply

The Livesimply team at Brentwood Cathedral with the two assessors, Fr Chris and Odun Ogundipe

The Livesimply team at Brentwood Cathedral with the two assessors, Fr Chris and Odun Ogundipe

Fifty communities are putting Laudato Si’ into action and have already signed up to livesimply. Parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies have chosen to live simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with people living in poverty.

Choosing to livesimply is just that - simple. Changes such as encouraging people to walk or cycle to church or school, installing solar panels, starting recycling schemes, composting food waste – these are all parts of living simply.

Not sure you can get your whole community involved? Each individual choosing to make these changes contributes to a cleaner, safer world for all of us. If you start to make these changes, who knows who will follow your example?

Choose to Livesimply today

Can't wait to get started?

Sign our petition to the Prime Minister calling for strong leadership ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow this year.

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