Hello to all you fab volunteers who regularly write to your MPs on issues affecting the world’s poorest people! It was lovely to meet so many of you last night at Speakers’s House in Westminster including two of our young leaders from St Joseph’s College in Reading! Great to see you there!
We heard from a number of speakers during the evening including Nick Hurd MP, a minister at the Department for International Development, who said he had been inundated by CAFOD supporters asking him to help bring more renewable energy access to the world’s poorest people.
Speaking about the need to tackle the problem of energy access among poor communities, he said:
“The Africa Progress Panel estimate that on current progress the goal of universal energy access that you’re supporting will not take place until 2080; some 200 years after Edison invented the light bulb. This is unacceptable to us, and so we’ve asked ourselves tough questions about what we can do about it.”
Currently 1 in 5 people around the world don’t have access to the electricity they need to power schools, clinics, homes and businesses and are being left behind. Local, renewable sources of energy are the most affordable way of reaching the poorest people, who often live in very rural areas. Renewable sources of energy have the added benefit of not contributing to climate change, which hits the world’s poorest people the hardest.
The event was to thank all our volunteers for their commitment in regularly writing to their MPs on crucial issues just like this. Such an important role!
In fact, The Right Reverend John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and a CAFOD trustee said that becoming an MP Correspondent can help to fulfil the call of our Catholic faith to work for a better world. He said:
“MP correspondents are vitally important to stimulate and challenge MPs about policies. A letter sent with love and passion can profoundly influence the political process.”
CAFOD MP Correspondents write to their MPs three or four times a year to ensure the voices of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power. Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. We’ve helped secure tough laws to tackle climate change, and ensure the UK is world-leading in its overseas aid contribution.