Merseyside campaigners attend Katowice climate conference

By Simon Hart

A group of campaigners from across Merseyside joined the call for action against global warming when they attended the UN climate conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland in December.

The cohort travelled with fellow campaigners from the international development charity Cafod to call on world leaders to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius.

Father Carl Mugan from St Wilfrid’s parish, Widnes, and Cafod community participation co-ordinator Colette Byrne represented the Archdiocese along with sisters Anna and Katie Fraine from the Wirral. They met campaigners from across Europe, sharing ideas for bringing about action back home to encourage others to live more simply and sustainably. 

Colette Byrne said: ‘It was a great experience to travel with Cafod campaigners from across the country and represent Merseyside in Poland for the UN climate conference. It’s so important that we highlight to world leaders that we care for our planet and all living on it. Coming together in solidarity, we gave that message and it’s vital that we continue before it’s too late.’

Neil Thorns, head of advocacy at Cafod, said: ‘It was great that Liverpool could be so strongly represented at the COP [Conference of the Parties] and the four were able to stand in solidarity with poor communities around the world who are already facing the harshest effects of climate change.

‘It’s disappointing that once again, leaders are going to ignore the science and the urgent cries of the poorest communities who are on the frontline. In the end, we didn’t get the strong foundational rules to drive up ambition in a transparent and urgent way. As we’ve heard often in the last two weeks, tomorrow is today - we cannot wait.’ 

To find out more about Cafod’s work, visit: cafod.org.uk/climate