Southampton Calls for Climate Change Action

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O thank you so much to everyone who came down to West Quays Shopping Centre in Southampton yesterday in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.

Parishioners from St Joseph & St Edmund’s (City Centre), St Boniface (Shirley) Immaculate Conception (Portswood) and Christ the King & St Colman (Bitterne) came together to speak to people who may be interested in volunteering for CAFOD and to raise awareness of climate change.

Our CAFOD stall was part of a volunteer recruitment fair organised by Southampton Volunteer Centre in West Quays shopping centre with 30 other member organisations to celebrate 50 years of Southampton’s city status.

Pupils from St Anne’s, St George College and Charlton House Prep joined us on the day, bringing along giant hearts which featured their individual pledges to live more sustainably for the love of the things that matter most.

Pledges included walking more and conserving energy around school and at home.  We were also joined on the day by students from the University of Southampton’s Catholic Society.

Nick Wong, CAFOD Coordinator at the University of Southampton’s Catholic Society told us;

“Being a CAFOD volunteer gives me the opportunity to contribute to solving this global issue and that’s why I’ve come down to support this event today.”

St George College Chaplain, Ruth Cunio said,

“Our pupils want to show their support for the campaign and made their personal pledges because we think we have a duty to protect creation.

“One of the facts that really hit home when we started looking at this issue was that 44% of the people most vulnerable to climate change are already living on
less than 77p a day.  That really made us want to take action and stand in solidarity with people around the world.”

Our ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign is calling on party leaders to secure an ambitious global deal to cut carbon emissions and to move towards sustainable energy for everyone.  Watch our special film today (see above) and take action here.

For free resources and more information on how young people can take action please click here for primary and here for secondary.

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for coming! And a special word of thanks to the teachers and pupils who came along to show their support too.  Such a special day! Thank you all!

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