Campaigners from St Mary’s Catholic College, Blackpool were keen hosts of the Big Climate Connection lobby of local MP, Paul Maynard.
Members of the local community joined forces with students of St Mary’s and CAFOD supporters at the college to encourage the MP to take action on climate change.
The message was simple. Climate change is hitting the poorest hardest. Now is a crucial time to call for action: to strengthen a new energy bill going through parliament this autumn and to call for a fair international climate deal in December’s talks in Mexico.
Mr Maynard responded to questions from students on local, national and international climate change issues. The MP remembered CAFOD from his school days and commented on the breadth of CAFOD’s work. He told students that he would take our climate justice message to both the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Prime Minister.
In response to this fantastic news, Katy Seddon, a Year 8 member of ACTIVATE, St Mary’s School Faith & Justice Group, said, “I liked being part of the lobby. Mr Mayanrd told us he would help us achieve the Eco gold schools award. We learned you can save energy just by turning your TV off and not leaving it on standby.”
Rachel Clarke, Year 9, and another member of ACTIVATE commented, “It was interesting to hear what Mr Maynard wants to do to promote climate issues. It’s great to be involved in this as a school.”
Rachel McCarthy, member of the Chaplaincy team who organised the lobby, stated after the event, “There’s never been a more important time to get involved with your MP. Climate change is one of the most important issues we face today. We hope Mr Maynard will support out concerns and we look forward to meeting him at a later date to follow this up.”