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Wirral Catholic address MPs on threat of climate change to developing countries

 

A Catholic campaigner from the Wirral recently travelled to Parliament to address MPs at a reception, calling on them to ensure Britain no longer contributes to climate change by 2045.

Anna Fraine, 23, who volunteers for the Catholic development charity CAFOD, spoke alongside Emily Thornberry MP and visitors from St Lucia who are experiencing the impacts of climate change first-hand.

Anna, from Hoylake, is currently completing an MA in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester and last December, travelled to Poland to bear witness to the UN climate negotiations as one of CAFOD’s delegates.

At the event Anna spoke to MPs to raise her concerns about the impact climate change is having on the lives of some of the poorest communities around the world.

She said: “It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at CAFOD’s parliamentary reception about my experiences.

“To be surrounded by such a fantastic group of people from all walks of life, but who share the same motivations to act, guided by their faith, has made me feel even more passionate about my volunteering in the future.

“The proverb ‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children’ chimes true with me. It is our duty to take responsibility for what we are doing to the planet, be caretakers, and protect it for future generations.”

CAFOD director Christine Allen said: “Anna spoke powerfully in her address at Parliament.  She not only represented the voices of those in the Wirral, but the thousands of Catholics from around England and Wales who share her concern for the climate crisis we are facing.

“Climate change is something that is affecting our health, our homes, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes.  It disproportionately affects the world’s poorest communities and is an issue we must act on urgently.”

Next month, on 26 June, Anna will be returning to London to join thousands of others in a mass lobby of Parliament.

Coaches will run from towns around England and Wales to take people to Westminster and sign-ups are still open for people to take part. More information is available at cafod.org.uk/climatelobby<http://www.cafod.org.uk/climatelobby>

 

(Words and pictures courtesy of Cafod)