“The TimeIsNow” Lobby was an exciting day filled with workshops, interfaith events, lobbying and campaigning! 12,000 campaigners – 327 from Southwark – marched through London for Climate Justice and then lined up along the Thames, waiting to meet with their MPs. Here is a recap of the first part of the day and what to do next….
In the morning, there were a variety of different workshops available. Rosie, a CAFOD volunteer, attended a ‘how to talk to your MP’ workshop and a talk about the IPCC report at St Martins in the Fields church.
She says “both workshops were really informative and prepared me for the day. When listening to an overview of the ICPP report, I was shocked to discover that even a rise of 2°C in global temperatures compared to 1.5°C would mean millions more people would be susceptible to poverty and suffer the effects of extreme weather, food shortages and rising sea levels. We can’t let the temperatures reach 2°C, something has to be done!”
Marine (CAFOD Southwark CPC) meanwhile, started the day with an Interfaith Workshop on “How to engage your faith community and faith leaders”. Marine says “it was run by 2 Muslim people and I was so touched as a Catholic to realise we were having the same talks and the same type of educational approach. The sentence I will remember came from one of the participants which was ‘Never underestimate the power of one individual in the fight of Climate Change’…. It gave me wings to keep going with my tiny actions in my daily life.”
“Never underestimate the power of one individual in the fight of Climate Change”
Weren’t able to attend the lobby but still care about Climate Change? Visit the CAFOD website for ideas of how to change the fate of some of the poorest people in the world (who are most vulnerable to climate change), from writing to your MP using this briefing, to hosting a Creation Celebration in your Parish, to becoming a live simply community.
A Walk of Witness
After the workshops, a crowd gathered at Trafalgar square and then marched together to Westminster. It was so exciting to see so many people there. Lots of people brought inspiring signs and banners, and it was a very vibrant group. CAFOD worker Sarah said “I had a great time drawing the attention of those around us with singing a chanting for change!”
Why not becoming a witness in your own parish and host a Creation Celebration?
Interfaith Speakers Event
After the march, some of us attended the Interfaith event at church house and heard from speakers from Muslim, Jewish and Buddist communities as well those from three different Christian traditions – Quakers, Church of England and Catholic. CAFOD’s Director Christine Allen spoke from the catholic perspective by sharing some words from Pope Francis. Sarah was at the event and said “it was so wonderful to hear representatives from these faiths speak with urgency and passion for the issue of climate changes, as well as deep respect and solidarity for those from other religions and traditions. The event highlighted our connections to each other as humans and stewards of this Earth”.
Feel an urgency for the Climate? Start a dialogue in your community with a mass of thanks giving for Our common Home and a discussion with coffee : use our Creation Celebration materials
Meeting our MPs
At 1pm, everyone started to line up along both sides of the Thames outside Westminster to meet with our MPs. There were over 12,000 constituents there in all, coming from as far as Northumberland to Devon! From 1-4pm, at least 300mps arrived to talk to their constituents about the fate of our planet. However, some constituents were left waiting when no mp arrived. For a more detailed look at four different experiences of meeting our MPs, have a look at the “Meeting our MPs” Southwark blog entry.
An inspiring day!
We all had a great day on the 26th June at The Time Is Now Lobby of Parliament!
Marine said “what a joy it was to meet with people from Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Bexley etc. I felt that we responded well to the call of protecting our earth in Southwark”.
Sarah said “it was so inspiring to see so many people all gathering with a shared concern for the climate and our Common home, the Earth!”
What next? Visit the CAFOD website for ideas of how to change the fate of some of the poorest people in the world (who are most vulnerable to climate change). Perhaps you could host a Creation Celebration in your Parish, to reflect on creation and come together as a parish in tackling climate change.