We had a fantastic day in London on Wednesday 17th June at the Speak Up for the Love Of… mass lobby on climate change! Over 10,000 people, from many different organisations and walks of life gathered in London to speak to their MPs about climate change and its devastating impact. We began the day with an inspiring ecumenical service at the Emmanuel Centre, where we heard from CAFOD’s Michel Monginda about the impact of climate change in Niger, and from the Archbishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam, who said that climate change is a concern for all faiths and for all humanity and mentioned the eagerly-anticipated encyclical from Pope Francis “Laudato si’: on the care of our common home, which came out the following day.
CAFOD supporters were present from every diocese in England and Wales and joined the lobby queue around Westminster – nearly half of all MPs were lobbied on the day, which is a fantastic result. In Southwark Diocese, among others, the MPs for Sutton & Cheam, Dulwich & West Norwood, Lewisham & Deptford and Carshalton & Wallington constituencies were lobbied.
Those of us who couldn’t lobby (as our MPs were not available) joined other campaigners at Archbishop’s Park, where we left our messages on the art installation and enjoyed delicious free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!
The day ended with a rally in Millbank, where were heard from Olympic rower Andrew Hodge and actress Sally Hawkins, among others.
It was a really great day overall and we will have to keep the pressure on our politicians in the upcoming months to ensure a good outcome at the upcoming UN conference in Paris in December.
Huge thanks to everyone who came along, to all those who couldn’t come but have written to their MP and/or will be lobbying them at local surgeries and to all those who have been praying for the success of the event – it’s been great to have such tremendous support!