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CAFOD campaigners at the 2021 G7 summit in Cornwall held world leaders to account and raised their voices for global justice and positive change.

Campaigning with CAFOD is powerful because it addresses poverty and injustice head-on. It tackles the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms.

Thanks to tens of thousands of you who’ve taken part in our campaigns over the years, we’ve witnessed some historic breakthroughs.

Campaigning is powerful because it addresses poverty and injustice head-on. It tackles the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms. Thanks to tens of thousands of you who’ve taken part in our campaigns over the years, we’ve witnessed some historic breakthroughs.


The eyes of the world were on Britain in 2021. As the host nation of COP26, the British government had the opportunity push for real change at this important conference. Unfortunately, politicians did not deliver what the world desperately needed at COP26. Limiting temperature increases to 1.5C and climate finance were pushed to COP27.

Nevertheless, CAFOD supporters demonstrated that there was genuine support for climate justice throughout the country. Thousands of supporters wrote to MPs, took the streets as part of the Global Day of Action and organised lobbying events in their parishes.

CAFOD supporters have continued to hold the government to account and raise climate awareness throughout 2022 in their parishes and schools with the Fix the Food System campaign.

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Bishop John Arnold chats to CAFOD young adults during the march for climate justice in Glasgow.

Parliament in your Parish

Throughout 2021, CAFOD supporters in England and Wales organised virtual meetings with their Member of Parliament as part of Parliament in your Parish.

CAFOD supporters lobbed 110 MPs, where they discussed the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 has had on the world’s poorest communities, as well as the climate crisis and Britain’s role in hosting both the G7 and the COP26 that year.

Parliament in your Parish was a great success, not only in terms of lobbying MPs, but giving CAFOD supporters the confidence to lobby their own MPs and make their voices heard.

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CAFOD supporters from North West Hampshire met their MP, Kit Malthouse, as part of Parliament in your Parish

Ending government support for fossil fuels overseas

At the end of 2020, the British government announced that it would end its support for fossil fuels overseas. This was a significant step forward, as greenhouse gas emissions – which are released from fossil fuels – are warming the earth and causing the climate emergency.

This was the result of years of campaigning with our partners and other organisations, aided by the work of volunteers and supporters throughout England and Wales.

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CAFOD supporters played their part in ending in UK support for fossil fuel projects abroad

Net Zero

In 2019 we saw a historic breakthrough when Britain became the first major economy in the world to commit to ending its contribution to climate change.

This was aided by over 34,000 people an action with CAFOD to demand that the government urgently tackle the climate crisis.

Thousands of supporters gathered in Westminster for The Time is Now mass lobby of Parliament. 12,000 people, many of them CAFOD supporters, lobbied their MPs on Parliament Square. Over 380 MPs were lobbied, making it one of the largest of any mass lobby of Parliament.

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CAFOD supporters from across the country came to Westminster to lobby their MPs.

Share the Journey - UN Global Compacts agreed

Our campaign urging world leaders to support refugees and migrants resulted in tens of thousands of people responding to Pope Francis’s message on migration and world leaders adopted the UN Global Compacts

More than 40,000 CAFOD supporters walked in solidarity with people on the move, such as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, walking more than four times around the world in the process. 

And we took your message to Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street, calling on the government to play a leading role in the two agreements which became the UN refugee and migration pacts. 

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Staff and supporters who took part in Share the Journey walks hand in the CAFOD petition to Number 10, calling for Theresa May to be a leader with the UN Compacts on Refugees and Migration.

Power to be - World Bank acts on energy to tackle poverty

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. In 2017, over 30,000 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. In December 2017 the World Bank took a big step to protect the planet and the poorest people by stating it will stop support for oil and gas after 2019. Your voice has been heard! 

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CAFOD ambassadors join the Power to be campaign. 

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.

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Dona Teresa Conceição (76) and other Mauá residents in Brazil joyfully cheering as they hear the news that the threatened eviction is cancelled  (Photo: Anderson Barbosa)

One Climate, One World - Paris climate deal agreed

In 2015, we responded to Pope Francis' call to care for our common home by campaigning for an ambitious global climate change deal which put the poorest people at its heart. Nearly half of all MPs in the UK were lobbied on climate change when 9,000 passionate people turned up at Parliament to make a stand. CAFOD supporters from all over the country were there in force to speak up about the impact climate change is having on people living in poverty. Later in the year, over 40,000 people in the UK added their names to a global Catholic petition calling for action at the Paris climate change talks.

Public pressure like ours contributed to the agreement of a strong climate deal in Paris, which put the world on the path to a low-carbon future, stated that temperature increases must stay well below 2°C, and ideally be kept to 1.5°C, and reaffirmed the commitment of developed countries to support poorer countries financially to cope with the impacts of climate change.

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CAFOD campaigners in Paris for the December climate talks

Hungry for Change and Enough Food For Everyone IF

In 2013-14, 60,000 of you joined us in asking the Prime Minister to take action to help alleviate the suffering of the 870 million people who don't have enough to eat.

During the campaign, you encouraged rich country leaders to pledge £2.7 billion to tackle child malnutrition between now and 2020; you helped secure a commitment from the UK government to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on international development aid (see below); and thanks to pressure placed by you, a hard-won reform of EU law was agreed, requiring large, publicly-listed companies in all EU countries to be more transparent. This will include some global food companies, bringing us one step closer to a fairer food system.

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CAFOD campaigners en route to Downing Street with 60,000 demands for action on hunger

UK Climate Change Act

In 2008, the UK became the first country in the world to make carbon emission cuts a legal requirement. As part of our Climate Justice campaign, you lobbied MPs for three key changes – annual checkpoints, more ambitious emission cuts and the inclusion of emissions from shipping and aviation. And we got them all!

UK - Westminster - People's Climate March outside Parliament, November 2015, climate change

CAFOD supporters are creating the momentum for action against climate change