Last Friday, St John the Evangelist Church, Bath, held an event focused on CAFOD’s One Climate, One World Campaign.
CAFOD Parish Contact, Irene Prentice,who ran the event, spoke about Bhutan, a country she has studied for many years. Although Bhutan is not directly supported by CAFOD, Irene showed through this example, the impact of climate change thoughout the world. Here Irene reflects on the event:
‘The first presentation focused on a little known Himalayan country, Bhutan, and illustrated the impacts of global climate change. In Bhutan, climate change can affect clean drinking water supplies, agriculture, cause floods, the extinction of species, and health issues like heat stress and increased epidemics.
‘However, Bhutan offers a lesson of hope. It is a pioneer in forging a middle path to development that considers the well-being of its people. Bhutan’s development is based on good governance, the sustainable use and conservation of its resources (water, forests and biodiversity), conserving traditional and spiritual values, giving equal opportunities for social development and balancing this with economic development. The Bhutanese government takes the remarkable view that what is economically profitable may not be morally right.
‘A second presentation was given by Peter Turner, CAFOD Schools Volunteer. Peter spoke with passion about the experience of a CAFOD volunteer and the need to create a world that is fair with equal opportunities for all, including the world’s poorest. The presentation showed how schools volunteers work with children to help them understand complex issues such as climate change.
‘Inspired by the presentations, group discussions followed. One group discussion reflected on “Who is my Neighbour” and our responsibility towards the earth as neighbour. They suggested we can be inspired by the work of St Francis to expand our idea of neighbour to include all of creation.
‘The second group discussed the meaning of “The Common Good” in relation to global business practice. While skepticism was voiced, it was felt that there was a need to re-examine and widen notions of corporate social responsibility of global enterprises.’
This year is an important one for taking action on climate change, join us on June 17th to speak up for the things you love that will be affected by climate change.