Emer and I have decided to write letters to all of our local MPs about climate change. This isn’t hard to do, because on the CAFOD website they have a page which can show you all of your local MPs and send an email (which is prewritten for you) to them when you enter your postcode and first line of your address. You could easily send it as an email, but we chose to write letters as we felt it was a more prominent way of getting our message across. We sent letters to:
- Mr Andrew Davis
- Mr Francis Eldergill
- Ms Olivia Palmer
- Mr Dominic Raab
- Mr Nicholas Wood
We are very excited to hear back from them and hear what they plan to do to tackle climate change.
We hope that you will do this too, and help change our future and be part of that Great Generation
Look out for future posts to see their responses.
Only a few weeks ago we spoke in front of our parish in 2 mass’s for CAFOD’s Lenten appeal . This was after the main service and was to raise awareness of both the affects we had personally, through Mowdud ,seen of CAFOD’s work and to raise awareness of the amazing opportunity we have this year from the UK government, Who have agreed to match pound for pound and double all donations given for the appeal up to £5 million!
Now although this seems a bit late to be telling you about it, after the two talks we were informed about how much we had raised. A whopping £4,142.89 which is all going towards CAFOD’s work with partners in countries across the world. And this is only made better by the fact it will all be doubled by the government so CAFOD will actually receive somewhere between£8,000 and £9,000! Making me think if those two talks from us, and one from our youth group leader, can make that much difference why won’t everyone stand up, it might be a it nerve racking but if us giving up 15 minutes can help that much it is definitely worth the effort!
After our call with Bangladesh, we were then visited by Louisa from the UKYCC (UK youth climate coalition) who started off by telling us about their opening question to their campaign “How old will you be in 2050?” Take some time to think about this. We will be 50, so close to our pensions! This means we need to start making the decisions because those making the decisions now, will most likely be OAP s. Anyway back to the more serious stuff, after this Louisa showed us a series of videos . But one of the ones which stood out the most to us was a speech made by a 12 year old girl, Severn Cullis in the Rio Summit 1992. We would explain what she said, but lets admit it, if you haven’t already clicked off you probably would. So instead the decision is yours, here is a link to the video…….
Leah and Emer
Recently, we spent a few days in a beautiful remote area in Essex with the Othona community, where we met with other climate bloggers to discuss how we are going to progress with our blog. Whilst we were there we called one of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh, Mowdudur Rahman, who works as part of the CCEC (Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation). We asked him many questions and he answered them in great detail, telling us more about Bangladesh. One of the quotes which stood out to us was “Son of the Soil” suggesting the Earth is like our mother, who nurtures and cares for us. Bangladesh is known for flooding frequently, with a monsoon season from June to October. Here are some of the questions and answers: First we asked him about the decreasing wildlife due to the flooding. He told us about how the floods are due to cyclones, and happen about twice a year, causing animals to migrate. We then asked him about how we can make a difference. He told us that by raising money we can help them build more cyclone shelters to provide immediate relief and protect more people when disaster strikes, as well as helping to inspire others to help make a difference and reduce the impact of climate change. We were curious about how crops survive in Bangladeshi conditions, to which he told us that due to the lack of clean water, the crops struggle to grow, so need crops which can thrive in a mix of clean and sea water. We hope to carry on sharing our experiences with the Othona community. Leah and Emer
The weather. In England, no weather is good enough for us. It’s either too cold or too hot. Too wet or too dry. Whereas people on the other side of the globe deal with extreme weather conditions on a daily basis, yet don’t complain. And these conditions aren’t just a little bit of rain, or the weather just reaching 30oC on the thermometer. These are serious conditions, which wreck homes and destroy precious crops leaving families with no food.
Now imagine going home, discovering it’s not there and nor is that snack you wanted. Here you would probably be all over the news, and get full compensation. There, it’s no change from everyday life. We spend our money on things we don’t really use, like that T-Shirt, which looked so great on that model, but you never wear. Wasted money like that could change a person’s life when they lose everything.
Emer and Leah
Climate change. You probably have heard this before, been taught about the effects in school. But do you actually KNOW what it is? It is an issue that affects everyone, whether we know it or not, though being in a MEDC we don’t feel the effects as much. Therefore this leads to people being oblivious to how it changes our daily lives. We want to change this unawareness by using a blog to voice our thoughts and opinions.
Climate justice? The chances are you probably have never heard of this before. Don’t worry, nor had we. But we are going to try and explain it to you to help you understand this problem. Climate justice is ensuring fair treatment of people and freedom from discrimination with projects and policies to address climate change. Put simply, this is just the unfair treatment of people, and trying to make it fairer.
Leah and Emer