One of our fantastic Key Volunteers and retired chartered accountant, Bernard White, has returned even more inspired to campaign with CAFOD after travelling to Paris to call for world leaders to tackle climate change at UN COP21 Conference.
Bernard White, 69, who is CAFOD Plymouth’s volunteer Campaign Coordinator was in the French capital between Wednesday 9 December until Sunday 13 December with representatives of more than 190 countries gathered in the city to agree action for tackling climate change. Bernard travelled for the end of the talks with CAFOD and other dedicated campaigners to call for an agreement to prevent the changing climate from pushing people deeper into poverty.
Whilst in Paris Bernard joined other Catholic campaigners from different continents who travelled to Paris following a letter from Pope Francis which calls for the protection of people and our planet. Bernard and his fellow campaigners visited the conference centre where negotiations were taking place and sent a message to UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to say they were waiting for a deal. Bernard later took part in a demonstration with thousands of people near the Eiffel Tower as negotiations reached their tense final hours.
“Pope Francis says in his encyclical, Laudato Si:
“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political …… It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day…..”
I agree with that wholeheartedly. I had to go to Paris to do what I could to get an agreement to meet the challenge head on.”
The Paris Agreement is being hailed as the start of a new era of action on climate change, committing countries to limit the rise in temperatures and signalling the transition away from fossil fuels. The Agreement also states the link between climate change and its impact upon people in the world’s poorest communities and the responsibility of richer nations to financially support countries most vulnerable to adapt to the effects of the changing climate.
Bernard said: “Climate change is already pushing people deeper into poverty, governments who made commitments under the agreement must now set about meeting them. CAFOD supporters like me will be campaigning to see that they do.”
Huge thanks to Bernard for all of his inspiration support and inspiration!
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