On Thursday 16 October, CAFOD supporters and volunteers gathered at York CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) for the launch of CAFOD’s One Climate One World Campaign.
We listened as CAFOD partners from Peru, Jesy Romero and farmer, Adan Samuel Pajuelo Bula shared with us their experience of working to overcome poverty in their region of Peru and how climate change is impacting negatively upon their efforts. The farming community of Cruz de Mayo (about 400 miles north of the capital, Lima) that Adan is a member of, is dependent upon the glacier in the mountains above the region for its water supply.
Adan and Jesy told us that Peru has 70% of the tropical glaciers in the world and Huascaran National Park is home to most of Peru’s glaciers.
- Since the 1970’s, about 30% of the glacier coverage in Huascaran National Park has melted.
- By 2030, it is expected that all the glaciers in this region below 5,000 metres will have melted completely
- A nearby ski resort has lost most of its snow
Adan said that, “We now have water rationing and we can only water our crops once a month”.
Jesy mentioned, ” large companies are coming to the area to exploit its natural resources. This puts more pressure on the water supply adding to the impact of climate change. This is why the church got involved – to safeguard the water supply for future generations.
Those listening were asked to make their own commitment to do something to help tackle climate change:
- Sign the One World Once Climate Action card and encourage people in their parishes to do the same
- Take the community action and commit themselves to doing something
People committed to do one or more of the following: To use the car less; to walk as often as possible; use green energy (switch to Ecotricity); shop more carefully so there is less waste; use less water; turn the heating down and wear a jumper instead; use less energy; install solar panels; more efficient use of energy.
Will you join them in making your own commitment to making a difference on climate change?
Will you help us to spread the message that we need to act now, together if people like Adan, Jesy and their communities are to flourish?
Take CAFOD’s campaign action, either online or by ordering the CAFOD One Climate One World action cards and ask your parish or community to join in. Visit http://www.cafod.org.uk to find out more or contact David or Carol on 01904 671767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to volunteer with CAFOD? We have many opportunities no matter how much time you can offer. We need Parish Volunteers ( who can help us with Lent and Harvest Fast Day); Education Volunteers (who will visit schools in our diocese); MP Correspondents; Speakers at Mass (people who will visit parishes to speak about CAFOD’s work at Mass) and many more opportunities, training will be given and expenses reimbursed.
We would really like to hear from you!