On Wednesday the 17th of June a good number of supporters from the diocese headed up to Westminster to raise our voices about climate change.
Around CAFOD 45 supporters from our diocese signed up to visit their MPs and we saw a good few of those people at the Ecumenical Service in the Emmanuel Centre before the lobby.
The service was a great start to the day with lively, prayerful music and great speakers including CAFOD partner, Michel Monginda who spoke passionately about the work they are doing in Niger to help people affected by changing climates.
After a brief photo we headed down to lobby our MPs. Sadly a few of them weren’t available on the day but over half of MPs were lobbied by over 10,000 people so a strong message was sent that day.
Many people visited Archbishop’s park where they left messages on the giant art installation and ate free ice-cream (sadly I somehow didn’t hear about this).
The day ended in Millbank where a host of stars including Olympic rower Andrew Hodge, actress Sally Hawkins and the hilarious Doon Mackichan entertained and inspired us all.
It was a really great day overall and we will have to keep the pressure on our politicians in the upcoming months to ensure a good outcome at the upcoming UN conference in Paris in December. A lot is planned for the months ahead so watch this space – in particular, CAFOD has now joined the Global Catholic Climate Movement and we will be promoting a short petition letter to David Cameron and world leaders, to be delivered at the end of November ahead of the climate summit. More information will be available on the CAFOD website very soon!
Click to see a great video of the day.
Thank you so much for all those who came along and for all those who couldn’t come but contacted their MP anyway.