Merseyside Woman Calls Attention to Climate Change in Parliament

A young woman from the Wirral has recently travelled to address MPs at a reception, calling on them to ensure Britain no longer contributes to climate change by 2045.

The 23 year old campaigner Anna Fraine, also an avid campaigner for CAFOD, spoke alongside Emily Thornberry MP and visitors from St Lucia who are experiencing the impacts of climate change first-hand.


Campaigner Anna Fraine addresses MPs in parliament at CAFOD's annual reception

 

Anna is currently studying an MA in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester and last December, travelled to Poland to take part in the UN climate negotiations as one of CAFOD’s delegates.

During the parliamentary event, Anna spoke about the challenges climate change is contributing to in some of the poorest areas of the world. She commented:


“It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at CAFOD’s parliamentary reception about my experiences.” 

“To be surrounded by such a fantastic group of people from all walks of life, but who share the same motivations to act, guided by their faith, has made me feel even more passionate about my volunteering in the future.
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“The proverb ‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children’ chimes true with me. It is our duty to take responsibility for what we are doing to the planet, be caretakers, and protect it for future generations.”

This speech was also backed by CAFOD’s Director Christine Allen, who is also from Liverpool. She added:

“Anna spoke powerfully in her address at Parliament.  She not only represented the voices of those in Merseyside, but the thousands of Catholics from around England and Wales who share her concern for the climate crisis we are facing.” 

“Climate change is something that is affecting our health, our homes, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes.  It disproportionately affects the world’s poorest communities and is an issue we must act on urgently.”

Next month, on 26 June, Anna will be travelling to London again to join thousands of other campaigners in a mass protest of parliament, and you can join them too!

Travel coaches will be available from towns around England and Wales to take people down to Westminster to join the protests and sign-ups are still open for people to take part. For more information visit:  cafod.org.uk/climatelobby

 

The four speakers from CAFOD's parliamentary reception, including Emily Thornberry MP, CAFOD's director Christine Allen and Wirral campaigner Anna Fraine

 

 

Thank you for Sharing the Journey in Shrewsbury Diocese!

A big thank you to so many of our wonderful campaigners for taking action on the refugee crisis and showing support for people forced to flee their homes. We have had plenty of wonderful Share the Journey events across the diocese and there is still time to add to the total!

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CAFOD supporters have now walked over 100,000 miles and are travelling around the world for an amazing FIFTH time in solidarity with refugees. You can track our progress here and follow our journey as we petition Theresa May to stand up for human dignity and urge her to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations.

 

Here is a round-up of some of the events that have happened across the diocese…

 

Parishioners at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ellesmere Port, braved rain and bad weather in June to walk through Rivacre Valley country park. 15 people and a dog walked four miles each, contributing a total of 60 miles to the CAFOD total. They started and ended their walk with prayers from the campaign cards, as a reminder of why they were walking.

 

St John the Evangelist, Bridgnorth, Shared the Journey during May, with 35 parishioners walking a total of 56 miles. The walkers were started off with a prayer read by Fr Iain, with three walkers even managing to participate on crutches! They had wonderful weather and groups stopped at appropriate points to read the stories from the campaign cards, an excellent way to show solidarity with refugees.

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In Madeley, 55 parishioners and friends of the Good Shepherd Parish assembled in St Mary’s Church for a short service before setting off on their walk. They rested and enjoyed a picnic in the village hall, before walking back to church. They added a brilliant 352 miles to the CAFOD total.

 

St Joseph’s and Holy Family, Sale, held their walk in July. 30 parishioners walked between the two churches, followed by tea, cake and activities at the end. There was a treasure hunt for children, as well as a quiz, the answers to which were given as part of the parish’s Share the Journey display!

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Parishioners from Christ Church in Heald Green added their support to the campaign, walking 25 miles during the Refugee Week of Action, whilst parishioners from Holy Apostles and Martyrs in Wallasey have continued with their series of group and individual walks, with the total now standing at an amazing 611 miles!

 

Thank you for all you have done! If you haven’t yet got involved with our campaign, visit our website to see how you can still organise a walk in your local parish or community.