Climate coalition and Pope Francis’ encyclical

Posted: June 17, 2015 in CAFOD, Papal
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The Popes new encyclical on climate change has just been launched with the opening paragraph setting the tone for the document.

The Earth “is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorised to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.”  Pope Francis (June 2015).

The document calls for swift action, and action was what some St James students were upto today.  Several year 10 students joined schools from across the country to lobby their MP on Climate Change.  After a training session in Romero House, the team headed for Archbishop Park, where students prepared and shared their climate concerns with the other schools.

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Each school with the help of CAFOD had organised an appointment with their MP.  St James’Catholic High School is located in the constituency of Hendon.  Matthew Offord MP met us just outside Parliament and talked with the group for about 45 minutes.

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After a quick photoshoot the students got to business asking about electric cars, renewable energy and concerns about lack of green space for all the new houses being built in Colindale.  Having a Geography degree, Mr Offord MP was very clued up about the climate and impressed the students with his answers.  We will have another post soon with a video of his answers.

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In addition to answering the many questions, Mr Offord MP agreed to take part in our chatterbox activity.  He ended up going head to head with Autumn.  We certainly gave him a run for his money with the questions.

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We hope that this trip is just the beginning of both learning more about climate change, and putting the Pope’s encyclical into action.

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