Newsletter Items from the Justice & Peace Group week commencing 1st Aug 2021

CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister With your help, and the help of thousands of people like us in other parishes, we can urge the world leaders to make decisions to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.  If you have not already done so, please sign, and ask your families and friends to sign, CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister, demanding that: 1/ The outcomes of the COP26 talks are ambitious enough to protect and care for the whole Earth – Our Common Home.  2/ He puts people worst affected by the climate crisis at the heart of the talks. If you have already signed the petition – Thank you.  There’s also some cards that can be signed & sent off at the car park end of the church for those not on-line

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the Week   Avoid leaving appliances on standby.  On average UK households spend £30 a year powering appliances left in standby mode.  This is the energy used by certain appliances when not in use and not switched off at the plug. As well as standby power, other new additions to the average household’s collection of electrical goods such as broadband modems, broadband routers, digi-boxes and telephones use low levels of electricity when not in use. These are not items that we tend to think to turn off, but can gradually go on to consume a great deal of electricity over the year. Also avoid leaving lights switched when areas aren’t in use. If everyone switched off their appliances & lights the country could do away with one or more Nuclear Power Stations!

LOVE CHOCOLATE, HATE INJUSTICE? Farming communities face unpredictable weather patterns that disrupt their income security. When we choose chocolate that is Fairtrade, we are choosing fairer prices paid to the people who grow the cocoa, and as a result, more financial power to adapt to climate change and become more climate resilient. It means more financial freedom to invest in their business, diversify crops, share expertise and build sustainable livelihoods for their families and communities. We are a Fairtrade Church!  

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