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Lent 2015: Why I’m doubling my baking

Cupcakes to raise money for CAFOD's Lent Appeal

Strawverry cupcakes to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal

Laura works in CAFOD’s communications team in London. She tells us why she has decided to do double the baking this Lent to fundraise for CAFOD

I’ve always loved baking. But I’ve been doing a lot more since I became a mum. That’s why I’ve decided to double my baking this Lent to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

Since I had my son Alfie, who is now two years old, I’m at home in the evenings more anyway and I find baking a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day. Not to mention the treat of a home-baked cake that you get to share with your family at the end. And I like the thought of Alfie having a treat where I know exactly what’s gone into it, with no nasties.

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There’s something so calming about baking that I don’t find with other cooking. Maybe it’s the precise measurements and instructions that give me a sense of control in a chaotic world. Or that every time you take a freshly-baked cake out of the oven, you can’t help thinking that a little bit of magic’s happened. The sloppy mess that went into the tin transforms into a spongy, golden, morsel that smells deliciously of warm, sugary sweetness.

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CAFOD Young Leaders’ mid-year report

Young leaders from Portsmouth Diocese take part in our One Climate, One World campaign.

Young leaders from Portsmouth Diocese take part in our One Climate, One World campaign.

Halfway through the year, Julia from CAFOD’s Youth Team looks back at the achievements of our Young Leaders so far.

CAFOD’s Young Leaders are sixth-form students from across the country who inspire other young people to support CAFOD and take action, from fundraising to raising awareness of the issues CAFOD campaigns on.

Cut it out this Lent! (PDF)

120 amazing sixth-form students from the Dioceses of Brentwood, Clifton, Hallam, Portsmouth, Southwark and Westminster are training as CAFOD young leaders. Alongside their A-Levels, they have committed to CAFOD training days and taking action on injustice in the UK and overseas. Continue reading

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One Climate, One World: Tackle climate change in church, home and garden

Home grown garden produce

Growing your own is one way to become more eco-friendly.

This blog – by John in the Westminster diocese – is the fourth of a weekly series to launch our One Climate, One World campaign. We can all take small steps to better love our neighbours and care for creation – but it’s hard to know where to start! These blogs show how CAFOD supporters and parishes are playing their part – we’d love to hear what you’re doing too in the comments below.

It’s a real challenge to want less in a consumer society where the emphasis is on having more. Climate change is partly a product of spiralling consumption and we need to remember that some of the most valuable things in life are free: loving each other and being loved, enjoying nature and creation in all its glory, being able to weep at the injustices in the world.

Climate change is one such injustice. Some parishioners in our multi-ethnic church, St John Vianney, have first-hand experience of its effects because they come from – or have family in – countries that are feeling its impact, including Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Ethiopia, Congo and Kenya. Some are from central and south America.

Tackling climate change at home

As a Livesimply parish, living sustainably is our contribution to tackling this. It includes getting parishioners to recycle more, use low-energy bulbs, turn down the thermostat, support charity shops, use leftovers, consume less and walk more!

More ideas on how you can play your part, save energy and care for creation >>

It can be tricky to see where you need to make changes, so we used online calculators from WWF and the government to measure parishioners’ carbon footprints and figure out how we could shrink them.

The calculator highlights areas such as using low energy light bulbs and loft insulation, and loading the dishwasher when it has a full load and not after every meal. It also prompts you to choose an energy efficient A-rated product when buying a new kitchen appliance. Continue reading

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One Climate, One World: Eco-warrior. Who, me?

 

Wind turbine in Norfolk

The Norfolk landscape from the Green Britain Centre wind turbine at Swaffham.

This blog – by Anne in north London – is the first of a weekly series to launch our One Climate, One World campaign. We can all take small steps to better love our neighbours and care for creation – but it’s hard to know where to start! These blogs show how CAFOD supporters are playing their part – we’d love to hear what you’re doing too in the comments below.

The starting point wasn’t so much a commitment to becoming an eco-warrior but more being forced to think about whether I could afford to keep my old Nissan Micra.

It was falling apart, cost a fortune to run and the insurance bore no relation to its value – banger-owners will know the story! But as petrol prices topped £1 per litre, the decision was made: she had to go. She was taken away, with her £75 value donated to Shelter. I now have no car.

Cool those overheating bills

The next unwitting step to becoming an eco-warrior was to do with my doors and windows. My old Victorian terrace was as draughty as the next, and (uncomfortably chilled a few winters back) I made the decision to double glaze my home – mainly for comfort but also to cut bills. I can’t deny the initial outlay was high, but both my aims have been happily achieved. It’s difficult to be precise about money saved as energy prices have rocketed recently, but I know my home is retaining heat better and that I’m turning on the heater later in the year and for less time.

Having taken this bold step, I realised that my old back boiler was not as efficient as a combi-boiler, so I started saving up. My old system could only heat water alongside heating the house, but the combi just lets me heat the water I need, saving energy and costs. It all adds up.

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Measure – and shrink – your carbon footprint

Parishioners at St John Vianney’s Church were challenged to measure their energy use by doing an online assessment in the church hall one Sunday after mass (accompanied by tea and coffee). I picked up the gauntlet. To my surprise I found that some very small changes could cut my bills and use less energy.

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Did you know Romero House is green?

Bethany taste-testing CAFOD's Fairtrade tea.

Bethany taste-testing CAFOD’s Fairtrade tea.

My name is Bethany, and I am currently attending sixth form. As a seventeen year old girl, who has recently been made aware of many climate change issues emerging in our modernised society, I took the decision to volunteer for a week at the CAFOD headquarters at Romero House. Through my environmental ethics lessons at school in the last year, I have seen how climate change can affect every part of our lives, and the damaging effect it is having to many people around the world. I hope others, like me, can be inspired to start campaigning and take a stand against climate change. Continue reading

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