Bernard White, a CAFOD Southwark Volunteer, writes of his journey to Copenhangen

A group of about 45 of us set off at about 7pm from Brixton in a coach bound for the climate change talks in Copenhagen, all set to carry CAFOD’s climate justice message to the politicians meeting there last week and this. We had a 19 hour coach journey ahead of us but we were all very excited to be going.   Coach weary but delighted to be in Copenhagen, we carried our luggage into the school hall where we were to sleep on the floor on our sleeping bags, and then all of us rushed into the basement of the Church next door where Maria Elena had cooked a wonderful pasta meal for us.   Saturday was march day and at about mid day we joined the Caritas Internationalis group who had hosted a reception the previous evening to welcome us to Copenhagen. Carrying there elegant but very heavy banners and our CAFOD hands, we made our way to the start of the march.   We had heard in the morning that the discussions so far had become very political and were at risk of stalling. America wouldn’t give anything to China who need green technology skills to reduce their emissions, and the EU weren’t sure whether to ask for a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, which is what they really wanted, because they might be politically favoured if they first asked for 20%. These are just two examples.   Continue reading