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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Menevia parishes adding their voices to energy campaign

Parishioners from Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles

In August, parishioners from Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles and Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Llanelli and Holyrood and St Teilo in Tenby have been adding their support to CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign which is raising awareness of the power of the sun when it is harnessed as a renewable energy source – producing electricity in developing countries.

Parishioners signed campaign cards after Mass in both parishes.  Many thanks to Fr Mansel Usher, Fr James Sweeney and Fr Hart (standing in for Fr Michael Fewell) for their support in getting this important message out to a wider audience.

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Making our voices heard

Fr Nicholas James with members of the liveSimply group, Lynne, Lis, Elizabeth, Kim and Lynne

The July liveSimply meeting at St Mary’s RC Church in Monmouth saw members kick off their parish involvement with CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign. 

Parish priest, Fr Nick James, lead from the front, being the first person to sign a card. 

The campaign card itself is being sent to Melanie Robinson, UK Executive director at the World Bank petitioning her to stay true to the UK’s commitment to tackling poverty and climate change by supporting access to renewable, safe, reliable and affordable energy for the poorest communities. 

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Meeting with MP for the Power to Be

Lis Teiser, Dr Jesse Norman, MP and Therese Warwick

On Friday 14 July, members of the LiveSimply group in Monmouth/Ross-on-Wye parishes met with Dr Jesse Norman MP at his surgery in the Larruperz Centre in Ross.

CAFOD recently launched a new campaign during the Climate Coalition’s Week of Action at the beginning of July.  In case you missed it – it’s called the Power to Be.

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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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