Can you help us to build a better world…

We don’t know what 2021 will reserve for us, but what all of us can do together is make a bit more effort to take care of each other.” Pope Francis.

The coronavirus crisis has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society, as they struggle to cope with poverty, hunger and in many places, the impact of climate change. 

As Catholics, we are called to not stay silent and not to be passive. And our voices are needed more than ever this year, as the UK hosts two major global events – the G7 Summit in June in Cornwall and the COP26 UN Climate Talks in Glasgow in November. The UK can have significant influence on these meetings as host, so we need to make sure our political leaders hear, now, that we want the world poorest people to be at the heart of these talks.  

Two issues have the greatest potential to make a difference. Firstly, as poor countries struggle with the devastating effects of the pandemic, we want the crippling debt repayments that they continually make to richer nations and private banks to be cancelled to help them cope. Read more here

Secondly, we want decisions taken to keep global temperature rises below the disastrous 1.5-degree threshold. Many of the world’s poorest countries are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change such as increased droughts, floods, and cyclones. We must urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26. 

CAFOD is inviting people to organise an online meeting with their MP to talk about these issues, perhaps as a small group from the parish. You don’t need to be an expert in the issues or in technology! Read more about it here. And please sign our petition here.  

Referring to the COVID crisis, Pope Francis says, “If only this immense sorrow may not prove useless but enable us to take a step forward towards a new style of life.” 

Please contact me on portsmouth@cafod.org.uk for more information.

CAFOD Portsmouth Needs YOU!

CAFOD Portsmouth volunteers at the Time is Now Lobby in 2019

We are looking for more campaign volunteers in the parishes in Portsmouth Diocese to help promote our new campaign Reclaim our Common Home .

2021 is a very exciting year for anyone interested in campaigning for a just world and a green recovery from the pandemic. The G7 summit is taking place in the UK in June and we are hosting the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks in Glasgow between 1-12 November. The eyes of the world will be on the UK this year so help us ensure that our government hears “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”

Become a campaign volunteer and help to make the world a better place in 2021. Not only will you gain new friends and skills, but you will be a part of our life-saving work. Don’t worry if this is something you’ve not tried before, CAFOD provides support and training both on and offline. So please contact Jo by emailing portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or phone 07710 094447 if you are interested.

Join the Eyes of the World National Assembly 22nd April.

Our next national assembly Eyes of the World will take place on Thursday 22 April. 

What is the assembly about?

The climate is in crisis and it affects us all. But it is the poorest communities who are suffering the most. The eyes of the world are on us this year as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nation’s climate change talks – COP26. Over the past year we have seen how important it is to look after one another. Join our assembly and find out how we can come together to look after and care for the world which is crying out for our help, and tackle the climate crisis.

Primary assembly will be at 9.30am on 22 April

Secondary assembly will be at 10am on 22 April

Share this tweet! We’re joining @CAFODSchools national assembly on 22 April to find out how we can come together to care for the world, and help tackle the climate crisis. https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/School-assemblies