Speak Up: join an event near you

7 October 2016

CAFOD, as part of The Climate Coalition, is leading a week of action on climate and energy from 8 to 16 October 2016.

From 8-16 October 2016, schools, parishes and faith groups from across England and Wales will speak up to their MPs on energy and climate change. CAFOD is leading this week of action as part of The Climate Coalition. Together, we hope to bring power to the world’s poorest people.

Speak Up week of action

Exciting events are unfolding across the country, showing the strength of your commitment to care for our common home.

In Newcastle, parishioners are inviting their MP for a chat on climate change over coffee and cake. In Holyhead, children from nearby schools are speaking up to their MP after a special prayer service to celebrate creation. And in Cambridge, local groups are powering their homes with clean energy, and calling their MP to commit to a low-carbon future.

Speak Up now

It’s a crucial time. Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced the UK will ratify the historic Paris Climate Agreement by the end of the year. Enough countries have ratified the agreement already to ensure it can come into force on 4 November 2016. Now we must speak up to show our support for the progress that has been made on climate change.

But there is more to be done, and we need to keep up the pressure. One in five of our sisters and brothers still don’t have access to the energy they need to power schools, clinics, homes and businesses. We’ll speak up for investment in renewable energy that reaches the poorest people.

And we’ll be asking the UK government how they plan to meet their climate targets. We'll call on them to invest in renewable energy on our roads, in our homes, and in all our sources of power, and lead the way to a cleaner, greener future.

Together we’ve got the power

Sarah Croft, CAFOD Campaign Manager, says “Thanks to the tireless actions of the Catholic community, alongside many thousands of others, we are now making strong steps forward on tackling climate change.

“Thousands of you lobbied your MPs in Westminster last summer, and urged world leaders to act in Paris last December. The government is listening and acting on its promises, thanks to you.

“Now we need to speak up so that the world’s poorest communities have access to the renewable energy they need to transform their lives.”

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