Thank you to the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Portsmouth for inviting Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer in Emsworth to their meeting to speak about her experiences at the COP24 UN Climate Summit in Poland.
Maureen started her talk by explaining about the new Caritas linked CAFOD logo, and then she shared the new director of CAFOD Christine Allen’s welcome video as well as the CAFOD Lent Family fast day story. Encouraging everyone to go back to their parishes and groups to share CAFOD stories and the great work that “love” can do if we all work together.
Maureen then went on to share with the ladies her experience in Poland with CAFOD for the Climate Change conference and how the experience helped her to deepen her commitment to speaking out for the earth and the poor and putting into action some of the changes the Pope has called us to live out in Laudato Si’ Care for our Common Home . Acknowledging many of us are already are very aware that we need to live more simply and sustainably in our own lives, and particularly in the season of Lent be as generous as we can in our fast day giving in solidarity with the poor, but there needs to be more!
We need governments to take Climate Change seriously only legislation will bring about enough change to slow down the climate crisis- already effecting poor countries so badly. Please join CAFOD by writing to your MPs to encourage them to support a new climate change act and join us in London at the Climate Change Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26th June .Please let us know you are coming by booking here.
Finally Maureen invited people to come together in prayer. After Easter CAFOD will be launching a new care for Our Common Home Campaign with Creation Celebration masses. The first one in our diocese is planned for Sunday 12th May at 10 am at St Michael & All Angels Church in Leigh Park. Everyone is welcome.
At it was the end of Fairtrade fortnight Maureen also shared some Fairtrade chocolate treats from Divine, Fruity beauties and Liberation nuts – a reminder that buying Fairtrade is another way to support some of the world’s poorest farmers who deserve a living wage.
Many thanks to Maureen for talking at the meeting and writing this report for us. Maureen is very happy to come and talk to parishes and other groups about Climate Change so do let me know if you would like talk.