Last Friday myself along with over 100 other CAFOD supporters came together at the McAuley School in Doncaster for an informative and memorable evening where we learnt more about the devastating effects that climate change has on our precious world. Jesy and Adan travelled all the way from Peru to share information with us about the fact that they have been experiencing increasing melting of glaciers around their communities, and how this has had detrimental effects on their livelihoods and quality of life. It was a real eye-opener, reminding us that the consequences of our careless actions on this side of the globe regarding energy use are felt and suffered by those thousands of miles away. We also got a chance to listen to Don Valley MP Caroline Flint who gave a fantastic talk about her views on climate change and we had the opportunity to quiz her on what the government has planned for the future to reduce energy use.
The event was started with a presentation from some of CAFOD’s young volunteers from the McAuley School. They spoke about the issues of climate change and the fact that its effects are felt most by those in the poorest countries. They also highlighted the floods that hit South Yorkshire recently and particularly Doncaster in 2007 giving us a sense of empathy with those whose livelihoods are destroyed or limited by extreme weather.
There were many campaigning opportunities on the night where Climate actions were taken, including a ‘For the love of…..’ photobooth which entailed writing the name of something you love with all your heart (which may be lost as a result of climate change) onto a piece of card and being photographed with it. As well as this Will Green ran a stand asking people to sign up to be MP correspondents. This means being in regular contact with your MP using the resources that CAFOD will send you to keep MP’s aware of the need for action to tackle poverty, climate and trade issues that affect people in the poorest communities.
Over all it was an interesting and engaging evening which will hopefully play an attributing part in the huge task that is reducing our carbon footprint to ensure the preservation of our planet so that our brothers and sisters and future generations can enjoy the beauties and wonders that it provides.
Annie – CAFOD Hallam young volunteer