The climate justice campaign

CAFOD’s latest campaign picks up on one of our recurring themes, that climate change is not just an environmental issue, but a matter of human rights. Here’s the blurb from the website:

Climate change is an issue of justice: it hits the world’s poorest communities first and hardest

They are already bearing the brunt of droughts, floods and extreme weather conditions, while developed nations use more than their fair share of the Earth’s resources.

We are calling on the rich to take more responsibility for tackling climate change. Our international campaign calls for a fair and binding deal at the UN which puts poor communities at its heart.

In response, CAFOD call for simpler and sustainable living, as well as political action. They pull no punches on linking affluent lifestyles in one part of the world to climate destruction elsewhere:

“The greed that underpins many developed countries’ economies and personal lifestyles is pushing the world’s poorest to the edge of existence,” says CAFOD director Chris Bain. “Developing countries bear the brunt of climate change and yet have done the least to cause it.”

To get involved,

  • Attend a climate justice roadshow event – .
  • and call for an international climate deal that remembers the poor
  • Spread the word with posters, postcards and banners from the .

Pure gold – an exhibition from CAFOD

A new exhibition opened today at the Oxo Gallery in London, and as it’s just a couple of minutes walk from where I catch my train, I stopped by on the way home. It’s called and it’s a collection of photos from two photographers investigating the gold industry, as part of ‘s ‘Unearth Justice’ campaign. It’s a powerful demonstration of the realities of gold mining, the mud and sweat behind the multinational mining companies, and I’d really recommend it if you find yourself near the South Bank anytime soon. It runs until the 1st of June, and then it goes on