St Mary’s High School lobbies the World Bank

Pupils at St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford are making their voices heard to the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson.  They are raising their concerns about the lack of access to renewable energy for some of the world’s poorest people.

CAFOD South Wales was invited into the school to talk to members of de Paul at their house assembly, specifically about this issue.   CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign is calling for more investment in local, renewable energy in developing countries.

Why?  Because 1 in 6 people in the world live without access to electricity.  Children have to rely on unpredictable, dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as candles, paraffin lamps and firewood.

Nearly 90 % of people without access to electricity live in villages.  It can be difficult and very expensive to extend the electricity grid to homes, clinics and schools in rural areas.

Local, renewable energy can transform the lives of children. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the environment.  And the fastest, cheapest and most efficient solution is usually to provide “mini-grids” that are powered by renewable energy.

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CAFOD calls on Welsh Gov. to protect our environment for future generations

young people climate photo

CAFOD is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure the protection of our environment in order to achieve long-term sustainable development and maintain Wales for future generations. CAFOD, along with over 20 other Welsh organisations, is part of the Sustainable Development Alliance (SD Alliance). The SD Alliance has brought together organisations from across Wales which are focused on pushing the Welsh Government to make a real and sustainable long-term difference to Wales with the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

The Future Generations bill, introduced on 7th July 2014 looks at how public bodies are organised and how they function in order to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of Wales. Each public body has set well-being goals to be met which will be monitored by the Future Generations Commissioner. Continue reading