On the 5th of August, St. John Fisher RC supported the world’s poor communities by signing petitions to the World Bank and local MPs while enjoying the day surrounded by nature. Sidney Magdaong, a media volunteer from the US, describes the day according to CAFOD volunteer, Tony Creed:
The participants who joined in this event enjoyed a lovely day out on a picnic and nature walk. According to Tony, the walk included several scenic activities, including a ‘spot the ten varieties of trees’ competition, butterfly sightings (including the Jersey Tiger Moth), wild flowers galore, historic buildings, and a pub stop (to avoid the thunderstorm, that is).
In the midst of all the outdoor fun, supporters of the campaign signed a petition, asking local MPs David Evennett and James Brokenshire to support actions to limit climate change, which harshly impacts the developing world.
As a part of the “Power to be” campaign, they also signed a petition to the World Bank, asking them to grant loans to the one sixth of the world’s poorest people who do not have electricity; therefore, they have difficulty in participating in the same quality of life as other impoverished people who do possess this valuable resource. The campaign also calls for shifting the spending towards renewable energy in order to provide impoverished communities with a safer, more reliable source of energy.
Although I personally wasn’t able to enjoy the day, reading about the campaigns these parishioners were supporting made me think more deeply about the issues of climate and its impact on impoverished people. They are deeply interlinked and climate change is causing more damage in developing countries than it is in the development world. Climate change has a strong, negative impact on poor communities, and thus it is important for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to lobby MPs and the Government by asking them to stand in solidarity with creation and our brothers and sisters overseas.
Many thanks to Tony Creed, the organizer for this event, who mentions that all who joined in this outing “had the most wonderful day.”