Celebrating our Volunteers

CAFOD campaigner and parish volunteer, Stephen Garsed, shares his volunteering story with us……

Stephen at a parish Live Simply evening

Stephen at a parish Live Simply evening

On arriving in Preston 25 years ago, I joined a parish with an active CAFOD group. I am also part of a CAFOD group at my church, Our Lady & St Edward’s in Preston, promoting the Live Simply Campaign in response to Laudato Si’.

Over the years I have learned that development is much more than ‘giving aid,’ it is about working in partnership with poor communities to meet their needs.

 

 

Stephen at the Climate Lobby with his MP

Stephen, and his wife Anne, at the Climate Lobby with his MP at the House of Parliament

This goes right to the heart of what it is to be a Christian, irrespective of  denomination. With my wife, Anne, a Methodist, and other members of the family, I have campaigned on issues such as: trade justice, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, climate change, and tax justice. The joint work of CAFOD and Christian Aid on these issues is something we support both together and individually.

We have lost count of the amount of campaign cards and letters we have written to our MP. The most memorable events have always been the big national rallies, particularly meeting our MP during the “For the Love of” campaign.

Stephen has recently taken on the role of  Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for CAFOD in Lancaster diocese.  A vital role in ensuring our campaigning impact and engagement is as high as possible at a local level. So you’ll be hearing more from Stephen in the coming months……..

Speak up on climate and energy this summer

 

Taking the Pope’s message to David Cameron

Did you know…a group of CAFOD supporters took the Pope’s message on climate change to the heart of government this week, when they handed in our petition signed by 40,000 Catholics calling on David Cameron to show leadership at the UN climate talks next week? The petition, which is part of a global campaign supported by over a half a million Catholics worldwide, is inspired by Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ to care for the Earth, our common home, and to protect all of those suffering from extreme and unreliable weather intensified by climate change.

Supporters from CAFOD, Trocaire and SCIAF present your 40,000 signature to Number 10 Downing Street.

Supporters from CAFOD, Trocaire and SCIAF present your 40,000 signature to Number 10 Downing Street.

UN climate talks: why they matter

Sign up to march against climate change

 Email the Climate and Energy Secretary now

 

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Did you know…Pope Francis has deliberately timed the release of his encyclical, Laudato Si’, in the hope of influencing key political moments globally?  In September, global leaders meet in New York to negotiate new sustainable development goals that will set the direction and targets for development for the next 15 years. Pope Francis will be speaking at this meeting. In December, international leaders meet in Paris to secure a global climate deal. Critical choices will be made that could impact the lives of millions of people, especially our brothers and sisters living in the poorest countries. CAFOD hopes leaders will be moved by the Pope’s message into positive action.

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Our petition urges David Cameron and other world leaders to cut carbon emissions to keep global temperature rise below the dangerous threshold of 1.5°C.
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We provide a weekly ‘CAFOD fact’ as a short ‘Did You Know?’ to parishes across the Lancaster Diocese, which they print in their parish newsletters. If you would be interested in receiving this weekly email, let us know at CAFOD Lancaster and we’ll send it directly to you too – email: lancaster@cafod.org.uk