18th May Holy Name, Leeds: Climate Conversation

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Madeline Woods is a ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer for CAFOD and this weekend she will be helping the Live Simply’ group from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal, to host a Climate Conversation and activities, at Holy Name Church Hall, Cookridge from 2pm – 4pm.

The Live Simply group have invited Alex Sobel MP to meet children from the local catholic primary and secondary schools as well as members of the cubs, scouts and brownies groups. Families who attend the Children’s Liturgy sessions in all three churches in the parishes have also been invited. There will be organised activities for all ages, and a discussion about how we can all act to make our daily lives less damaging to the planet.

The event is targeted at those under the age of 15 and their families who would like to know more about how they can get involved to shape communities of the future, with lowered carbon emissions, sustainable renewable energy and reduced burden on our planet’s natural resources. gappers car uganda

Madeline has recently returned from a CAFOD trip to Uganda and is keen to share her stories from her visit with the young people who will be attending.


“At this event, we will have an inter-generational discussion about how we can all act on climate change, both as individuals and collectively as a parish. Every effort we make to reduce our carbon emissions will have a positive impact for those living in the world’s poorest countries, who often feel the impact of climate change the worst.”

If you would like to attend, please email hnoffice.ourladyofkirkstall@dioceseofleeds.org.uk so we know how many people to expect.

What: Climate Conversation
Who: Alex Sobel MP Leeds North, Madeline Woods (CAFOD Gap Year Volunteer), Our lady of Kirkstal Live Simply group and parish members up to the age of 15 and their families.
Where: Holy Name Church Hall, 52 Otley Old Rd, Leeds LS16 6HW
When: Saturday 18th May, 2pm – 4pm
Why: To challenge and change the systems and structures that cause climate change, and poverty

If you are not able to attend, you can join St Urban’s parishioners on Sunday 19th May for their Creation Celebration, with guest speaker Bernard Balibuno CAFOD’s Country Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo who will share updates on how our support to communities facing the impact of climate change makes a real difference. For more information about St Urban’s Creation Celebration please click here.

If you would like to know more about how you and your school or parish can get involved with CAFOD’s Our Common Home campaign click here.


Join us in Manchester this Saturday for our One Climate One World campaign lauch


When: Saturday 20 September 2014, 2-5pm (tea and coffee from 1.30pm)
Where: Quaker Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

We are inviting CAFOD supporters from the Diocese of Leeds to join with our friends from the dioceses of Shrewsbury, Liverpool, Lancaster and Salford in Manchester to mark the launch of the climate campaign. We are very pleased to welcome Bishop Terence Brain of Salford Diocese to our event

The event takes place on the eve of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester. We will hear a reflection on Kenya and Sustainable Energy by Catherine McKinnell MP.

The programme for the afternoon includes sessions from members of CAFOD’s Campaign Team, Eilidh Macpherson and Maria Elena Arana, as well as from Sarah Wykes, CAFOD’s Senior Analyst on Climate Change and Energy. There’ll be an opportunity for a community action and photo with the Bishop and the MPs and time for reflection and questions too.

At the end of the day, there is the option to go to Mass at The Hidden Gem (St Mary’s), a beautiful small Catholic Church, minutes away from our meeting place. Mass starts at 5.15pm.

Please email Leeds@cafod.org.uk if you are planning on attending.

Hungry for Change: Thank you & Next Steps

50,000 CAFOD supporters have taken Hungry for Change actions so far – with more flooding through our postbox each day. It’s an incredible response that shows just how much you want to see change happen.

We’ve come a long way, but there is still more to do.

We still need support for small-scale farmers. The UN has said that investment in this group provides the single biggest opportunity to reduce hunger and poverty. At the moment, powerful companies can still influence government descisions in ways that we cannot see. What we can see is that small-scale farmers and families trying to put food on the table often get a raw deal. This is why we are asking the UK government to ensure lobbying activities are out in the open.

How can you stay involved??

  • Take our latest Hungry for Change action – you’ll find the latest one online at cafod.org.uk/takeaction
  • Get to know your MP with our CAFOD MP correspondent scheme. We will send you briefings, tips and all you need to grab your MP’s attention and make sure that they support the changes that you want to see. Sign up at cafod.org.uk/mpc
  • And don’t forget!…There are plenty of ways you can help to bring about change every day:
    • buy local, sustainable or Fairtrade food
    • Cut down on eating meat and food wastage to reduce your carbon footprint
    • pray for those who go hungry, for those with the power to change the food system and for all of us who need the strength to stand up for what is right.