A group of CAFOD supporters took the Pope’s message on climate change to the heart of government this week, when they handed in a petition signed by 40,000 Catholics calling on David Cameron to show leadership at the UN climate talks. CAFOD submitted 40,000 signatures collected by Catholic parishes and organizations in the UK, calling for a 1.5 C agreement in Paris.
The group of campaigners (pictured above) took the petition to Number 10 Downing Street just days before world leaders meet at the UN talks to negotiate a binding global deal to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. The 40,000 signatures represent Catholics from every diocese in England and Wales.
The petition is part of CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign, which calls on world leaders to stop climate change pushing people deeper into poverty and to support the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy for all.
Sarah Hagger-Holt, Campaigns Engagement Manager at CAFOD, said: “Pope Francis’ encyclical is having enormous influence all over the world, inspiring Catholics and others to take action and call on their politicians to tackle climate change and poverty. “From the heart of the government in the UK to world leaders at the UN, the passion and compassion of the faithful is reaching those who can change the policies that make a difference to people living in poverty.”
On the other side of the world, yesterday in Melbourne, 60,000 people marched as part of a call for climate action, including those from the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Catholic EarthCare Australia.