Climate change, living more sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith. Being a Climate Champion is CAFOD’s international volunteer opportunity that will enable young people to gain new experiences, meet other volunteers from across Europe and play their part in creating a better world. CAFOD in Liverpool’s Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, has taken on the challenge and is excited about the opportunities ahead. She said, “I’m really excited to be volunteering for CAFOD as a Climate Champion! It will be really good to experience an opportunity that usually I am promoting to other people’.
As a CAFOD climate champion, young people from across England and Wales will take part in international workshops on sustainability with other Catholic young people from across Europe. On their return, they will raise awareness about climate change and sustainable living in our communities.
‘I will be going to a sustainability camp in Belgium for a few days at the beginning of July with 14 other Climate Champions. I am really intrigued to hear about new ways to live sustainably. Its so important that we think about the way that we live. Unfortunately, the world’s poorest people are impacted most by the effects of Climate Change, so the more we can do to prevent further damage to our planet, the better’.
‘I hope to learn a lot and to be able to bring it home, especially to discuss ideas with our Live Simply parishes and those considering to take on the award”.
We wish Colette lots of luck on her trip and look forward to hearing about it on her return!