Friday, 31 October 2014

CAFOD Launches 'One Climate, One World' Campaign in Brighton

Photo from left to right: Caroline Lucas MP, Martin Brown, Deidre McMahon, Jesy Romero, Adan Samuel Pajuelo Bula, Neil Thorns
There was a full house in the Cassidy Pastoral Centre at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Brighton on Tuesday 21 October. People had come from across the Diocese for the A&B launch of the new campaign on climate change, called ‘One Climate, One World’. Speakers included two of the community leaders that CAFOD works with in Peru, Jesy Romero and Adan Samuel Pajuelo Bula, CAFOD’s Director of Advocacy & Communications, Neil Thorns, Campaign Engagement Manager, Sarah Hagger-Holt and the local MP, Caroline Lucas.

Jesy and Adan told how changes in the climate were already affecting the community in the Andes. Most notably, they showed how the glacier above the village had significantly shrunk leading to a serious reduction in the water in the lake on which they depended. Jesy works with the Peruvian Bishops Social Action Commission, supported by CAFOD, which is helping farmers adapt. For example, to try to conserve the lake, water has had to be rationed with some farmers only able to irrigate their crops for one day a month.

Because of the urgency of the global situation and because action needs to be taken now by all countries, the ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign is calling on the UK political party leaders to play their part. As they prepare the manifestos for the general election, CAFOD is asking them to include a commitment to work to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty and to move from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

Caroline Lucas told the meeting that climate change was a question of justice as the poorest countries were being most affected yet they had done the least to cause it. She said: “Do get stuck in, do believe that your efforts can make a difference because they definitely do.”

The CAFOD Diocesan Manager, Martin Brown, said: “It was great to see so many people turn out to show their support and I hope all readers of A&B News will join us in demanding action and standing in solidarity with people who are being affected by the changing climate. Please take action online at”

Story: Roger Morton; photo: Ben White/CAFOD

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