Five years ago, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ – a profound invitation to everyone on the planet to care for the earth, our common home. To mark its anniversary, Pope Francis invites us all to participate in Laudato Si’ week from 16-24 May.
Following on from Laudato Si’ week, we at CAFOD are asking you to think about your hope for the world – to reflect and think about the world beyond lockdown.
To get involved, we are asking you to share what you want your lockdown legacy to be on social media using #LockdownLegacy and tagging @CAFOD.
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.
“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.
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
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.
Even a nationwide lockdown couldn’t dampen one ten-year-old’s plan to fundraise for charity – all in honour of his grandad.
Ryan, from Devon, had been planning a fundraising event following the death of his grandad this past November. Unfortunately, the coronavirus lockdown threatened to put a halt to his plans.
But, instead of being disheartened, Ryan, supported by his primary school, St Marys Catholic in Buckfast, came up with a creative idea to organise an Easter raffle, selling tickets to his friends, family and neighbours.
So far, Ryan has raised nearly £1,000 for the international development charity, CAFOD. CAFOD is currently working to tackle the spread of coronavirus in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
“My grandad was my best friend and someone who was very close to me,” explained Ryan.
“He would often talk to me about charity and the amazing work it does helping people all over the world.”
Ryan’s mother, Lucy, added: “I am super proud of what Ryan has done and he was so pleased when I told him how his money will help so many families. I know my dad would be the proudest grandad.”
During these difficult times, support like Ryan’s is absolutely vital. CAFOD has now launched an emergency coronavirus appeal and is scaling up its support to local aid experts. These local experts are providing food to vulnerable families, as well as improving handwashing and sanitation facilities across communities.
CAFOD is also helping churches overseas to use their networks to share hygiene messages through Catholic radio stations, and to produce posters in local dialects on ways to keep safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Donate to CAFOD’s appeal at: cafod.org.uk/coronavirus