Leeds Primary School Pupils Inspired to Take Climate Change Action!

Leeds primary school pupils have pledged to take climate change action and ‘go outside more’ after an inspiring visit from a CAFOD gap year student. 

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Step into the Gap volunteer Sophie Aulton

Sophie Aulton is spending a year taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ programme and visited St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Beeston and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Rothwell.

The 22-year-old taught St Anthony’s pupils about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which focuses on how supporting cleaner, renewable forms of energy can help people living in poverty around the world.

The Year 2,3,5 and 6 students were motivated by Sophie to take action after being shown the story of Veronica, a Kenyan girl who has benefited from solar panels being fitted at her school.

The pupils then wrote their own heartfelt messages to form a sun.
Sophie said: “The children learned that not everyone in the world is as fortunate as they are, and that the funny things on top of some of their houses, solar panels, can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“My favourite part of that visit was when one child said that to save energy he would start to play outside more instead of playing on his computer all the time!”

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Children wrote their own messages to form a sun

Sophie will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a UK placement. The volunteer will also make an international trip to El Salvador to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside. 

When Sophie visited St Mary’s Primary School, she taught pupils about CAFOD’s values.

 
She continued: “My gap year is going well so far and one of my favourite parts of it is going into schools!

“I do love making students aware of social injustice issues that they don’t usually think about.”

CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign hopes to raise awareness that currently, one in six people live without electricity globally. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest and most efficient way to bring power to the poorest communities.

It means that families don’t have to rely on dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as paraffin lamps and firewood. It enables children to study after dark, nurses to keep vaccines cold and farmers to irrigate crops.

For more information, visit our website.

 

 

 

Power to Be round-up from across our Diocese

We are delighted to see such a great response to our ‘Power to Be’ campaign, there have been a lot of campaign actions taken in churches and schools. Thank you for sending us pictures and updates of how you have got your local community involved in the campaigning action, supporting our global brothers and sisters to have increased access to clean, sustainable renewable energy.

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share

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CAFOD volunteers; Ciara, Sophie, Patrick are joined by CAFOD’s Bolivia Programme Officer Nikki Evans to promote the Power to Be campaign during the week of action.

We have received ‘Power to Be’ sun actions from many schools across the diocese including:

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wetherby
St Wilfred’s Catholic Primary School, Ripon
St Robert’s Catholic Primary School, Harrogate
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Knaresborough
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Harrogate

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Schools across the diocese have received visits from trained CAFOD Schools Volunteers learning more about how The World Bank could do so much more to invest in long term sustainable renewable energy projects to help the poorest communities.

 

 

Parishioners at Our Lady of Kirkstal held two signings at churches in their parish; both at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Cookridge and also at the Assumption of Our Lady church, Spen Lane.

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Parishioners getting involved in the card signing action at the Assumption of our Lady church, Spen Lane Leeds.

 

Michael Emly, CAFOD volunteer at Our Lady of Kirkstal said ” Parishioners were very supportive of the card-signing event.  Because our parish CAFOD group is well-established and regularly organises events like this, we have a good relationship and the majority of those attending Mass are very willing to help in whatever way we ask.  We got 45 cards signed on Sunday which represents well over half of all the adults who attended Mass.  And we encouraged them to take home the other half of the card and read more about the campaign.”

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Cathy Mc Partlan encouraging parishioners at Holy Name or Jesus, Cookridge to take action in the ‘Power to Be’ campaign.

 

Cathy Mc Partlan spoke about her experience of the ‘Power to Be’ card signing which was held at her church last Sunday, “It is a really simple ask of our parishioners as all they have to do is sing the card and send it off, we have had several people com up to us and offer support, saying they will take the cards home and send them off. It is important to put pressure on the World Bank to invest in renewable energy, it is so cost effective and I am happy to do my bit to spread the message”

If you would like some cards to organise a signing session after mass, please get in touch with Bronagh or Joanne (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

For more information about Power to Be resources and guides click here

If you would like to book a school visit using the Power to Be resources email us at leeds@cafod.org.uk with your details and a named person we can arrange the visit with. All our Schools volunteers are specially trained to deliver the ‘Power to Be’ resources.

Step Into the Gap

Are you aged 18 – 30 and thinking about taking a gap year? Passionate about global justice? Want to put your faith into action volunteering for a charity?

stig-poster-picStep into the Gap, CAFOD’s gap year programme, is an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit an international CAFOD partner

The deadline for applications to CAFOD’s gap year programme is fast approaching. For anyone aged 18 – 30: an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas.

The deadline is 13th March. For all information and how to apply visit www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year

For more information, please contact Catherine Jones or Lucy Jardine on 0207 095 5308