CAFOD Climate Leaders – Generations Unite

Homes, food and people’s ability to earn a living are being destroyed by the climate
crisis and the pollution of our land, oceans and forests.
We need to restore God’s precious gift of creation, enable people to adapt to a warming world and stop the climate crisis from getting worse.
Around the world, young people are already leading the way. But they can’t do it alone. They are counting on all of us to stand with them. In prayer, in solidarity – and in action. 

Each diocese has been partnered with a young climate leader (YCL) or group to be inspired by and walk with during 2020.

 

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Our YCL for the Clifton Diocese is Delio Siticonatzi Comaiteri from Peru.

Here is his latest blog:

Delio Siticonatzi Comaiteri

The scale of the PanAmazon region is remarkable, comprising nine out of the 12 countries in South America. Its surface area covers over 7 million square kilometres. Roughly 40 million people live in the region; approximately three million of them are members of indigenous communities. Of the roughly 140 uncontacted peoples in the world, about 100 are in the Amazon. 

This huge region plays a critical role in our planet’s health. The Amazon river is almost 7000km long, and the region has 20% of the non-frozen freshwater in the world – so the Amazon Basin is like a water pump for the world. The Amazon represents 30% of the untouched forests that still exist in the world, but 20% of the forest there has already been destroyed. The relationship between forest and water is critical: if the deforestation rate goes up to 40%, the ‘water pump’ will be broken. The region will become more like a desert, and water supplies for humans will be dangerously affected.

Indigenous community leaders such as Delio Siticonatzi Comaiteri, 29, are responding to the urgency of the situation. Delio is a member of the  indigenous Ashaninka people. The Ashaninka mostly live in the rainforests of Peru. As a teacher at Nopoqui University, Delio implores his students to become leaders themselves, learning to nurture and protect their natural environment and educating others about the harm that’s being done. The university is in the centre of the jungle, and it is common for people to hunt for fresh meat in the forest and fish in the rivers. Climate breakdown threatens their very way of life.

The university is supported by REPAM, the Ecclesiastical PanAmazon Network. REPAM is a Catholic Church network that promotes the rights and dignity of people living in the Amazon. It is a project of the nine Churches of the Amazon region, inspired by Pope Francis and backed by the Latin American Bishops’ Conference, CELAM. REPAM exists to bring to the world’s attention the fragile situation of indigenous people in the Amazon and the critical importance of the Amazon for the planet – our common home.

“We live in a natural environment where there is not much cement,” Delio says. “We live in harmony with nature. The Amazon is our heritage. We inspire our young people to treasure the natural world – to keep the forest alive because of the clean air it gives us; to protect the crystal-clear water. The present-day economy is one that devours everything. Young people are taught to consume, consume, consume. Companies continue to take what they want. There are communities who already have lost everything: trees, rivers. I tell our students,

“You have the power to stop all of it. You can learn to live a conscious life, a simple life. Our shadow is a gigantic tree, and every morning you hear the songs of thousands of little birds. Do you want to defend that?”Delio Siticonatzi Comaiteri

Stand in solidarity with Delio by asking the UK Government to put people and planet at the heart of all decisions they make.

Righting the Wrong

Oscar– a documentary film on St. Oscar Romero

St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Burlington Street, BA1 2SF

Thursday, 5th March at 7:00 pm

This documentary provides an excellent overview of Romero’s life and martyrdom. It goes on to describe the long drawn out process after his death leading finally to his canonisation by Pope Francis in October 2018. The Romero Trust shares the view that this is the best Romero film currently available.

The film by Patrik Soergel and Gianni Beretta, produced in Spanish with English subtitles by Swiss-Italian television, lasts for 80 minutes. 

We thank Julian Filochowski of the Romero Trust for bringing this documentary film to Bath. Julian will be pleased to update us with his views on the current situation in El Salvador in a question and answer session following on from the film.

We would be grateful for donations towards the work of The Archbishop Romero Trust in El Salvador.

Photograph above is of the Radio Station that relayed Oscar Romero’s homilies to the Salvadoran people from 1977 – 1980. CAFOD paid for the transmitter’s urgent repair when it was bombed off the air.

What do we do about Climate Change? – become a CAFOD livesimply award community!

Wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest, across Australia and other parts of the globe. Up to one million species face extinction, in large part due to human activities.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of “protecting the web of life in all its variety, because each species reveals the glory of the Creator.”

 

The threatened Botany Bay weevil

The threatened Botany Bay weevil

How can we all be a part of the solution to help save our planet? CAFOD’s Live Simply award is an action-orientated scheme to help us do this.

The livesimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

It is awarded to communities who can show how they have been living:

  • simply

  • in solidarity with people in poverty

  • sustainably with creation.

 

Some livesimply award communities have encouraged people to walk or cycle to church or school, install solar panels, start recycling schemes, join a climate change campaign, support Fairtrade stalls or donate to a local food bank. The award celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. It helps your community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.

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Spot the kangaroo

 

See here for more information and how you and your parish or school or community, can be part of the solution.