Earth Hour – Saturday 25 March at 8.30 p.m. in the UK

What is Earth Hour?  And why should we be interested?

Earth Hour is an annual global celebration where people switch off their lights for one hour to show that they care about the future of our planet.

It’s the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour and it’s estimated that over 6 million people will take part in the UK.

CAFOD is speaking out about climate change because it is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty that exists today. Whether it’s floods destroying livelihoods or unpredictable rains leaving millions hungry.

The last three years have been the hottest on record.

It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 6 species are at risk of becoming extinct – all down to climate change.

We have just one world and it’s changing fast.

It’s never been more important to show that we care.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on us all to make simple daily gestures to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home.

This is an opportunity to live wisely, think deeply and love generously.

Since the Paris agreement in 2015 and the UK’s own Climate Act – there have been strong calls for action – but the need is urgent and now is the time to act to protect our beautiful planet Earth.

Earth Hour is a global movement, which brings millions together across the world to call for greater action.

In 2016 a record number of countries took part – 178 countries – in fact and each year more countries come on board.

Famous landmarks around the globe take part – the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh Castle and in Wales, the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, Cardiff Castle and the National Library of Wales, the Principality Stadium and the Liberty Stadium, as well as many other cities, towns and communities like our very own across the world will switch off their lights and come together for an hour, to join a global show of support for action on climate change.

Will you join us tonight (Saturday 25 March) at 8.30 p.m.  Sign up, switch off your lights and show you want action on climate change.

Get to know more about climate change by reading about our latest campaign.

Let us pray for the earth, our common home.

Send us an update if you take part.  We’d love you to help us with our campaigns too.  There are many ways to get involved!

Help turn Wales’ heart green this Valentine’s Day

thunderclap_infographic_wide_50Stop Climate Chaos Cymru Coalition, of which CAFOD is a member, is calling on supporters to help turn Wales’ Heart green this February to #ShowTheLove for all the places and things they appreciate, love and cherish and want to protect from the effects climate change.

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CAFOD Wales retreat

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CAFOD Supporters with Dan Hale, Head of Campaigns

On Saturday 12 November, supporters from Cardiff and Menevia dioceses welcomed CAFOD’s Head of Campaigns, Daniel Hale, to the Ty Croeso Centre at Llantarnam  Abbey in Cwmbran for a retreat focussing on “Proclaiming the Mercy of God.”

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Calling for action on Climate Change

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Dr Jesse Norman MP with Therese Warwick

Harvest Fast Day (7 October) was the date when Dr Jesse Norman, MP was holding his surgery in the Larruperz Centre in Ross-on-Wye.

Local constituent and CAFOD volunteer, Therese Warwick, was delighted to be able to meet with Dr Norman to talk about climate change and in particular, CAFOD’s Power to the People campaign, just before the national Week of Action (8-16 October).

When we met in early October, Jesse Norman said three things needed to be balanced:

“industrial strategy, energy strategy and the economy…”

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4 October – Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi

Today, 4 October marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of the environment. Here we look at the significance of today, in light of Laudato Si’ and the recently proclaimed World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

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St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata.

4 October is recognised by Christians worldwide as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Born to a merchant family in 12th century Italy, Francis renounced his title and inheritance in order to live amongst the poor, he eventually founded what would become the Franciscan Order.

Learn more about Laudato Si’ and St. Francis of Assisi

Pope Gregory IX canonised Francis in 1228 and he became the patron saint of animals and the environment. This was due to his profound reverence for God’s creation and his belief that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God.

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Marches for Refugees in Swansea and London

stand-as-one-rally-flyerThis September, world leaders meet at two crucial summits in New York to discuss the refugee crisis.

Before these summits we have an opportunity to demonstrate to governments around the world that we care about refugees and we want our own countries to do more to support them and to find a long-term solution to the refugee crisis.

A large and varied group of organisations including CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and others are working together to host a march in central London on September 17. Continue reading

Pope calls for new Spiritual and Corporal Work of Mercy

Africa-Kenya-plain_opt_fullstory_largeThursday 1 September was the second World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and Pope Francis has used the day to say that destroying our environment is a sin.

Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to “newness” by adding the care of creation to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Our eighth work of corporal and spiritual work of mercy is ‘To care for our common home’.  

It calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world.” And “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.” Continue reading

Power to the people launches in Wales

On 12 July, CAFOD supporters and campaigners came together at St David’s Cathedral  in Cardiff to hear Takura Gwatinyanya, a Water and Sanitation specialist from Zimbabwe who explained how the country is using sustainable solutions to solve their water issues. Watch our video above to find out more! Continue reading

One Climate, One World: CAFOD speaker from Zimbabwe tours England and Wales

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CAFOD partners provide clean water in Zimbabwe using solar energy Solar energy helps provide clean water in Zimbabwe

In July, Takura Gwatinyanya, from CAFOD partner Caritas Harare, will be travelling across England and Wales to share his passion for tackling poverty and to show how your support is making a difference in Zimbabwe.

Meet Takura and discover more about CAFOD’s climate and energy campaign at a series of special events, starting in London on Wednesday 6 July.

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We caught up with Takura to ask his about his family, his work and what keeps him motivated.

Tell us a little bit about your family.

I am married to Rutendo Avriel, and we have one five-year-old son.

You’re an expert in water and sanitation. What makes you passionate about this area?

My experience in sanitation and humanitarian work has shown me that access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. It bring human dignity, with…

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