Michael North Wales Campaigner meets MP.

At The Time Is Now Mass lobby at parliament we’re campaigning all government departments to urgently bring forward policies to achieve net zero emissions. And go further, faster to achieve net zero emissions honestly, transparently and without caveats by 2045. Net zero will mean Britain no longer contributes to climate change. 

UK investment overseas and at home is consistent with keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees. This should include stopping all new public support for fossil fuels overseas.  The UK shows leadership by connecting the crises of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change, and makes concrete commitments to combat them at key international events.

Campaigner Michael From Rhyl Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd.

Campaigner Michael From Rhyl Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd.

Michael is a CAFOD campaigner from Rhyl, he said, ‘I joined 23 other constituents from the North Wales area. It was an early start for me as I’m usually in bed at midday as I work nights so 5am was a bit of a shock to the system. While we were en-route to London we were told the estimated amount of people attending this mass lobby was a massive 16,000. I had arranged to meet with my local MP Chris Ruane, Vale of Clwyd; unfortunately, due to parliamentary debates that he was involved in he wasn’t able to meet us in the line of people waiting for their MPs. Chris therefore, decided to invite us to the Houses of Parliament to meet instead. He met us along with the other people off the North Wales coach so we didn’t have to wait in a massive line to get through security and then took us to a much quieter entrance.’

“I was very impressed with the responses to questions Chris gave and he seems very hands on in his approach to helping us reach ‘net zero.’  If I have learned anything from today it would be that no matter the age difference between constituents’ we all joined together like a big knot to fight for what we believe in.”

If you are interested in joining future CAFOD campaigns, visit CAFOD website or perhaps you could organise a Creation Celebration in your parish.  Contact Colette in the volunteer centre for more information on cbyrne@cafod.org.uk or 07779 804 242.

Harriet gets her local MP on board against climate change

Recently, I travelled with CAFOD to the COP24 in Poland to hear what UN leaders had to

Harriet and her signed cross party letter

Harriet and her signed cross party letter

say about tackling climate change.

Although as campaigners, we had fire in our bellies, the same could not be said for the politicians who seemed concerned with economic agendas rather than the environment.  Coming home, we did not see the changes and progress we wanted from the conference. I would not let this dishearten me.

Reaching decision makers at the top level can feel like too far a stretch for most of us campaigners but we can make a difference.

Grass root changes really take root and grow into a strong voice. If each of us campaigners spoke to our local MPs and shared our concerns about the environment then that’s more people raising issues in UK government. Talk of the environment then spreads fast; it becomes a part of the political agenda if we demand it to be so.

MP David Hanson's tweet on climate change

MP David Hanson’s tweet on climate change

I wrote to my MP on my return and asked him to represent me and sign The Climate Coalition cross party letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.  The letter is asking her to back a UK net zero emissions target ahead of 2050.

Within a week of sending my letter, I had a response. I was overjoyed to read how my MP had immediately signed the letter, and to hear of his common interest in the environment and the planet.

Since then, he has raised issues of climate change at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and he has publicly backed the development of wind power here in North Wales.

This goes to show that one simple letter to your MP can make a difference.

It is so simple to become an MP Correspondent, see how you can get involved and make a difference to our world.

Christmas greetings from CAFOD in North Wales

Christmas greetings from CAFOD in North Wales

Christmas greetings from CAFOD in North Wales

 

For unto us a child is born,

to us a son is given

And the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful counsellor, mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

 Thank you for all your support this year and we hope you have a blessed and joyful Christmas.

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, it is wonderful that together we will continue to show God’s love to those who, like the child Jesus, are born in conditions of poverty, face the threat of persecution and are forced to flee their homeland.

We pray that God blesses you and your families at this special time and that your 2019 is filled with grace and hope. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year at one of our Lent briefings.

With best wishes,

Colette Byrne
Community Participation Coordinator, CAFOD, Wrexham Diocese