Don’t drop the ball, George – urge campaigning students!

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Lisa-Alix McBride and Rebecca Ford, two student volunteers with CAFOD Middlesbrough, held a campaign card signing event, during the university’s Open Day at York St John’s campus last week, with the aim of enlisting support for CAFOD’s Don’t Drop the Ball campaign. The girls were joined by Estela Juarez, who works for CAFOD in Nicaragua and spoke about the effects of climate change on people there. Simon Rawles recorded interviews with a selection of students to get their views. The aim is to raise awareness of the effects that climate change is already having on people in developing countries, among the young student population but also to urge the chancellor, George Osborne, to support the people who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change by securing funding to help them adapt to the challenges they face. The campaign outlines three steps which will show international leadership on climate finance. These are:

Ensure the UK provides it fair share of finance to help people to adapt over the longer term and specifically to ensure a plan is adopted at the next UN talks to mobilise the money needed;

Champion the setting up of a new Green Climate Fund in Durban next month and to

Commit to channel the UK’s contribution through this fund.

There were some colourful characters among the signatories, including a dragon and some vampires!

You can still support the campaign online by visiting cafod.org.uk/dontdroptheball

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