On Friday 7 July, parishioners at St John’s Church, Horsham, gathered to plant seeds and begin a discussion about climate change and how they can act.
During the day, the group thought about how they could make changes in their everyday lives and signed cards to send to local MP, Jeremy Quinn, asking him to take action on tackling climate change.
The local representative for CAFOD in Horsham, Martin Brown, helped to organise the event. He said: “We started with a cup of tea and sharing our thoughts about climate change. We then planted ourselves a seed or two in a pot of the most ethical compost that could be found and took them home.
“There were some great conversations held about CAFOD and how we work, and our sensitivity and knowledge of local culture. We also took the chance to take part in CAFOD’s new campaign, Power to Be, and discussed how powerful a little bit of energy can be in lifting people out of poverty.”
This event is part of the Climate Coalition’s Speak Up week of action, which saw thousands of local people meeting their MPs across the country in the week of 1-9 July.
CAFOD is part of The Climate Coalition, a collection of over 100 organisations, ranging from the Women’s Institute to Unison, who represent more than 11 million people, across the UK, dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.
The campaigners hope that by lobbying their local government representative, they will make sure the concerns of the world’s poorest people, who are most affected by climate change, are on the MP’s agenda just a few weeks after they have been elected.
Martin Brown finished by saying: “Our thanks go to St John’s parish for hosting us and for those that came to raise their voice on behalf of those in poverty.”