LAUDATO SI – Climate change and the impact on the poorest

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

OUR COMMON HOME

Homes, food and people’s ability to earn a living are being destroyed by the climate crisis and the pollution of our land, oceans and forests. We need to restore God’s precious gift of creation, enable people to adapt to a warming world and stop the climate crisis from getting worse.

POPE FRANCIS

“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. (Laudato Si, paragraph 14) …….

….It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter, which is now added to the body of the Church’s social teaching, can help us to acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face. (Laudato Si, paragraph 15”)

COP postponement doesn’t mean work tackling the climate crisis stops. The Paris Agreement requires countries to submit new climate targets in 2020 – whether the COP is held or not – so governments still can and must put their plans in place to cut emissions.

GENERATIONS UNITE

Generations Unite Campaign
Generations Unite Campaign

Homes, food and people’s ability to earn a living are being destroyed by the climate crisis and the pollution of our land, oceans and forests.

Plymouth Diocese is partnered with Delio, a 29 year old schoolteacher from Peru who is leading the fight to protect the Amazon rainforest from destruction by commercial interests – see Home > Campaign > Our Common Home > Generations Unite This huge region plays a critical role in our planet’s health.

Delio asks all of us to pray for him, his people and their struggle to save the rainforest. Read here and listen to Delio’s urgent request for our help. https://projects.cafod.org.uk/delio/

POSPONEMENT OF COP 26

COP Paris 2015 - CAFOD Supporters call for a climate change agreement - Bernard White second right.
COP Paris 2015 – CAFOD Supporters call for a climate change agreement – Bernard White second right.

The Conference Of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Climate Agreement, due to be held in Glasgow in November 2020 (COP 26), has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To read more about why COP 26 is so important and the comments of Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy at CAFOD, look at https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/What-is-COP26

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you know:

  • why CAFOD is campaigning on Climate Change;
  • why we need to limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C;

These and many more questions are answered at cafod.org.uk Home > Campaign > Our Common Home > Climate change FAQs

Many thanks to Bernard White, our campaign volunteer coordinator for writing this blog.

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