The Global Goals

Hi guys,

There is yet again a new plea to help us convince world leaders to make a change with 17 new goals. The Global Goals . So we are asking you to help make a difference.

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.           – From http://www.globalgoals.org/

By sharing this blog, the website, or posting images with the number you support most, we hope to make the goals famous and push for their full implementation.

Please help support these goals to help make a change in the world for good.

Leah — Supporting number 13 —The Global Goal

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havoc with hay fever

Most people know the general facts about climate change (that the ice caps are melting due to the warming temperatures) but it turns out that climate change is also acting in ways that aren’t quite so noticeable. This research I found out really surprised me about how climate change is affecting our everyday lives in ways in which we wouldn’t expect.

Hay fever is something that so many people suffer from ,and although it is not always serious , it often leads to the unwanted red nose and watery eye look. And studies are now suggesting that climate change could be the cause in an increase in sufferers. This is because with the high carbon dioxide levels and hotter temperatures plants are growing faster, blooming sooner in spring and producing more and more pollen. Which in turn leads to worse hay fever symptoms and a longer hay fever season!

Emer

The Nepal Appeal

As you know, last week we heard the devastating news that Nepal was struck by an earthquake on the 25 April. This has caused around 5,500 deaths and twice as many injuries, and is said to affect 8 million people.

Can you imagine if you lost your home and everything you own? Losing a loved one? Being afraid to return to your home in case it crumbled over your head? Can you imagine not knowing when you will next have food to eat or water to drink? Worrying about your family and losing faith as you don’t know what has happened to them?

People in Nepal need our help. Emer and I are asking you to help the people in Nepal. You can donate over the CAFOD website. You don’t have to give much, even a few pounds will make a difference, and help save more people’s lives.

UK Search and Rescue teams reach Chautara, Nepal

Leah

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/14214150@N02/17313902285″>UK Search and Rescue teams reach Chautara, Nepal</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

Action-cards

A fortnight-ago we held a petition at our local church using some of CAFOD’s action cards. These cards had an information section explaining what they were about, (both the cards and CAFOD) and a tear off section where parishioners could write in their details and their signature. These action cards will then be used for CAFOD to show party leaders in the run up to the general election how many people, parishes and schools want them to act against climate change. We also brought some of the cards into our school where we handed them out in classes and had teachers sign them , after explaining what theyDisplaying WP_20150419_10_20_31_Pro.jpg were for and how they could help.

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to make it easy for you to do this too in your schools or parish’s we’ve attached some links below.

One for the action cards (which are free): here

And one for the talk you can give when handing them out: here

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Letters to MPs

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.

Leah

raising-awareness

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!

Emer

The Othona Community

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 Main Building The Chapel