Jesuit Missions made some noise for climate
Over 100 Jesuit Missions supporters joined thousands of individuals at parliament on Wednesday 26th June to lobby MP’s to take immediate action to combat climate change. Among those who gathered were students from Wimbledon College, Ursuline High School and St Benedict’s in Ealing as well as groups from Jesuit parishes St Anselm’s in Southall and St Ignatius in Stamford Hill.
Richard Greenwood, Outreach and Communications Manager at Jesuit Missions said, “It was a great day, and fantastic to have a number of different school groups join us. There is a far greater sense of urgency now that the world is waking up to the climate emergency we are facing. It is vital that the government introduce a strong environment bill that sets a clear direction for how we will meet the 2050 target. Without a plan and practical steps to hit this target it will just remain a fanciful ambition”
The Jesuit Missions group met at Mount Street in the morning where they heard from Mr Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale. He encouraged the participants by showing full support for ‘The Time is Now’ initiative and giving some advice about approaching MPs. “To tackle climate change, we need a balance of hope and fear,” he said. Mr Farron reflected on the mass forced migration of people occurring around the planet, a human catastrophe that demonstrates the urgent need to tackle the problem. Mr Farron also spoke about the Christian inspiration behind the day’s call to action. To help our neighbours means to take care of the next generation, and the generations after that.
This was followed by Jesuit provincial Fr Damian Howard. Both Fr Damian and Mr Farron highlighted the suffering of the poorest people living in vulnerable countries as a consequence of climate change and emphasised the importance of taking steps forward in order to avoid human misery.
While lobbying their MPs, Jesuit Missions supporters were able to use examples provided by Jesuit Missions of how climate change is already affecting some of the most vulnerable communities in the world such as fishing communities in the Philippines and India, and the increase in weather related disasters such as Cyclone Idai which affected Southern Africa earlier this year.
Jesuit Missions has launched a Climate Emergency Appeal as we work with Jesuits around the world to care for our common home. You can donate to this appeal here.