1st – 9th July is CAFOD’s Week of Action and we are asking people to take part in our
I was really keen to support the campaign, but being a new volunteer I was unsure of what to expect or how much work it would be. I was relieved when I realised how easy it was to organise a Speak Up event locally.
The resources I ordered at CAFOD’s online shop arrived at my door, providing the campaign action cards, posters, and guided liturgies. After speaking to my parish priest, we organised a Speak up event to be held in my parish of the Immaculate Conception, Flint, I spoke during mass and at the coffee morning which followed.
I decided to stand at the back of mass and introduce myself to parishioners as I handed out the Power to be campaign cards. Using the short talk, provided by CAFOD in the organisers guide, made it less daunting to get up and speak in front of the congregation. After mass, I held a coffee morning which gave me the opportunity to speak to individuals more personally about my experiences volunteering with CAFOD, and about the importance of the campaign and how easy it is to get involved. I spoke about my recent trip to Portugal to a sustainable living camp with CAFOD where I learned about Climate Change and the effects it has on the world’s poorest people. This camp gave an opportunity to live out Laudato Si, and to learn how to live more simply.
On my return I was excited to share my experience of this opportunity and to share with others how to Live Simply, so my speak up event provided the perfect platform to do so. Renewable, clean energy is one of the many ways we can Live Simply. The Power to be campaign gives people the opportunity to speak up and sign the campaign for local, renewable energy to help families around the world lift themselves out of poverty.
One of the responses to the campaign was how easy it was to get involved by just signing the petition, to be petitioning people of influence such as Melanie Robinson, of the World Bank, to play her part in providing safe, renewable energy.
My local MP was unable to attend the event, which was disappointing but I will be sure to reach out to him and make sure speaks up for our beliefs in parliament. He holds regular surgeries and I’m sure your MP will too. Why not look up your local MP and ask what they’re doing about renewable energy access?
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