Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

 

The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow has ended with agreements which come up short for people in the world's most vulnerable communities.  

The talks finished a day later than the intended COP end date with 197 countries approving a ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’.

Thousands of CAFOD supporters campaigned for COP26 to ‘keep 1.5 alive’, provide money pledged to countries on the frontline of the crisis and consign fossil fuels to history.

Neil Thorns, CAFOD's Director of Advocacy, said:

“COP26 is a major disappointment to CAFOD’s partners working with poor communities, it simply hasn't delivered the urgent action or justice required. Instead, it has been pushed until 2022 to limit temperature increases to 1.5C and deliver the climate finance so desperately needed. For some this will be too late, which is simply not acceptable.  

"At this critical moment when urgent action is needed to keep us within the dangerous 1.5 degree temperature rise, the COP26 talks have come up short. We are on a road with no turning back now. The question is are we travelling 'far enough, fast enough and fairly enough' – to which the answer is ‘no’. Climate justice is not just a concept for some, it is what must be delivered. 

"We need to see concrete policies that match the promises made here to make real progress on reducing emissions by 2030. Countries must come back next year with greater ambition."

Neil also made the point that countries on frontline of climate crisis 'shouldn't have to compromise':

Poor communities came to Glasgow with clear asks and shouldn’t have to compromise on the compensation owed to them from the rich countries who’ve caused the devastation to their homes, livelihoods and spiritual spaces.

Politicians have not had the honesty and courage to take responsibility for their actions. But the tide is turning. Countries at the frontline of the climate crisis are taking heart from the voices of young people and those on the streets and are pushing back on the vested interests who’ve dominated these talks for too long.” 

CAFOD have a ‘Live Simply’ Award that is designed to help parish communities work together in response to these issues. In particular, the award is a response to the call from Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato Si, to ‘protect this world which God has entrusted to us’. It encourages us to work together as a community: we can do this in ways that suit us, on manageable projects, according to our interests. More details may be found on the CAFOD website. To apply to work towards the award for CTK, a group would have to form to take these ideas forward - but this does not mean lots of meetings! If you are interested, please let Mark know (419439).