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12 August 2016
Catholics around England and Wales are preparing to meet their MPs to talk to them about the fight against climate change and how we can help to bring energy to people around the world.
The Climate Coalition – which includes CAFOD and more than 100 other organisations, representing over 11 million people – is leading the Speak Up week of action between 8 to 16 October 2016. Thousands of people will meet their MPs in local areas, including parishes and schools, to encourage them to support the shift away from fossil fuels and to help poor communities to access renewable energy.
We are encouraging CAFOD supporters to take part in different types of activities or even to organise events, such as Mass by candlelight to help people reflect on others who don’t have access to electricity, or tea parties with cakes which are iced with messages of support for action.
Sarah Hagger-Holt from CAFOD said:
“The week of action in October is a fantastic opportunity for us all to demonstrate the groundswell of people over the past year who have answered Pope Francis’s call for us to tackle climate change. People around the world who are feeling the effects of climate change are speaking up – from farmers in Zimbabwe who have lost their harvests to drought, to families in the UK who have suffered from flooding. We need to stand with them.
“Meeting with our MPs and discussing these issues is a way of making sure that climate change doesn’t drop off the agenda with everything else that is happening at the moment. There have been some huge achievements in the past year, such as world leaders committing to the transition to clean and sustainable energy and the government setting ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions.
“Now we need to build on those achievements by calling for the government to incorporate the Paris Agreement into UK law. It’s also really important to assist poor communities in accessing renewable energy because this not only helps to reduce the impacts of climate change but is also the cheapest and most effective way of helping the one-in-five people who don’t currently have access to electricity to do the day-to-day things we take for granted.”