CAFOD Leeds show their love (for the world) this Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day this year here are five things that we’ve been doing to make an impact against climate change.

Why not join us?

Writing and sharing Green Hearts

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Petition the Prime Minister

Heres an easy link to submit your call for action on climate change.

Sign up to be a Climate Champion in your area

Aged 18-35 and want to make a difference? Join us in applying by clicking here.

“Climate change, living more sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith. This volunteer opportunity will enable you to gain new experiences, meet others interested in tackling climate change and play your part in creating a better world.”

Get creative!

See our Green Hearts activity guide here.

Bake cakes, pizzas, and craft your own seed Green Heart to wear with pride!

Take to social media

Tweet @CAFODLeeds and let us know what you’re getting up to today to help our environment. Send your pictures and videos – we’d love to see!

Want to discover how you can counter consumerism with CAFOD?

Countering consumerism

In today’s busy world in can be difficult to get lost in our own lives and fall into the trap of misguided consumerism whilst neglecting the call to be holy.

But here at CAFOD Leeds – we have the answer.

Our series of retreats across the country titled “Countering Consumerism” will show you how to avoid these pitfalls and make the changes to honour God in the 21st Century.

Be inspired by Pope Francis, and his new letter Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) – allow the words of the Gospel to shake up your life and broaden a mindset that can be restricted by the expectations of a fast paced, materialistic society.

Environmental issues are the most crucial for our generation to solve, with throwaway culture dictating our purchases and plastic polluting our oceans, come together with CAFOD to explore Scripture and discover what we can do to live simply with each other under Church teaching.

The retreats are free of charge and all are very welcome.

For more information and to book onto one of our retreats, follow the link.

 

Leeds School girl Lois, is a shining example of Live Simply

Lois is a student from Holy Name Catholic Primary school in Leeds, and is taking direct action campaigning to make sure Leeds schools use less single use plastic, all in her bid to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor or Leeds.

                                      Lois’ campaign message on single use plastic

Lois Alex Sobel MP

Lois gets support and advice from her local MP Alex Sobel, inspiring others to ‘Live Simply’

Holy Name Primary school have been involved with CAFODs Live Simply award (one of two primary schools from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal)

Lois is raising awareness of how to reduce single use plastic in her school and the message has spread across social media and on local radio broadcasts.

Lois has been visiting other Catholic Primary schools across the deanery and met her local MP Alex Sobel to make sure this issue of reducing single use plastic is heard by the widest audience possible

Lois said “I hope this campaign as part of my bid to become Children’s Lord Mayor, will encourage schools in Leeds to reduce their use of single use plastic and stop creating such a polluting impact on our oceans.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly said “Lois is such an inspiration for our school children, her actions can inspire more people in our Diocese to do more to reduce their dependency on single use plastic, and care for our common home. We wish Lois all the very best of luck for her campaign to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds.”

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For more information on the voting process for the Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds, click here (voting closes 19 September 2018

For more information on how your parish can become a Live Simply click here.