The pandemic has pushed more people into poverty and increased inequality, the climate crisis is getting worse and the nature and biodiversity of our world is being destroyed.
How we recover and rebuild our world after the pandemic is vital in addressing the climate crisis, increased poverty and inequality and ensuring everyone is safe from Coronavirus.
Our neighbours, our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest places are facing one of the greatest challenges.
The pandemic has been a health crisis but also reversed much of the progress of tackling poverty.
Meanwhile the climate crisis has not gone away and continues to impact on how people make a living.
So the planet is facing a triple crisis: the pandemic, climate and poverty. It threatens the survival of millions of people in our world.
These three emergencies don’t exist in isolation. If global emissions cause temperature rises of more than 1.5 degrees and crippling debt payments mean the world’s poorest communities are unable to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic, millions more will struggle to survive.
How can our Catholic community help to solve these problems?
Well, by taking action.
2021 is a crucial year for achieving change. As hosts of two historic, international meetings – the G7 in Cornwall in June and the UN climate talks (COP26) in Glasgow in November, the eyes of the world will be on the UK to show global leadership in tackling the world’s major challenges.
Politicians must approach these talks in the interests of the common good rather than their own narrow, short-term national interests and put the planet and its people at the heart of the decisions they make.
But they will only do this if it’s what we all want of them.
This is where our Catholic community can make a difference. We know that throughout history, change only happens when enough people come together and demand it of their leaders. We need to come together as the Catholic community in this country (5 million of us) to let our leaders know that this is what we want.
This crisis has reminded us of the need to work together, across borders, as one global family.
It reminds us that we can be there for our neighbours, that we can consume less and appreciate more of what we have.
We are called as Catholics to see, to listen and to respond.
We have to create economic and political systems that do not disadvantage the poorest in our world so that everyone can flourish.
We need to tackle these issues together.
These problems are interconnected; one can’t be solved without addressing the other.
Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti, challenges us all to rethink how we see other people.
So we are rolling out ‘Parliament in your Parish’ as part of our new campaign, Reclaim Our Common Home.
We are inviting you to organise an online meeting with other parishioners with their local MP, to discuss how we can rebuild after the pandemic in a way that makes the world a fairer place, and tackle some of the major global issues including climate change and unjust debts.
We have already run a couple of training sessions, covering everything from why faith and community participation matters and the challenges of facilitating an online meeting (and how to address them), to the keys to encourage your MP to taking action.
But don’t worry if you missed the training session please can I encourage you to watch the recording here.
And we are hoping to run more. Dates to follow!
If you have any questions about how to organise a Parliament in your Parish meeting, please contact PinyourP@cafod.org.uk for more information. Or if you would like to have a chat about this on a one-to-one or parish basis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at CAFOD South Wales. We’re excited about this campaign and we don’t want anyone to be put off if you haven’t done it before. So do call 07866 702205 or email us. We’d be delighted to chat.
- So do sign and share our petition with other people in a safe way (online or via a paper version).
- For more info, here is the organiser’s guide
- Here’s a downloadable poster
- Here is a link to the petition cards
- If you need more resources, please can you order them by clicking here for the CAFOD shop or let me know and I’ll order them for you?
If you want printed cards you can also order them from the CAFOD shop.