Hi my name’s Katherine Sharp and I have been invited to be this month’s guest e-editor. I attend the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School and am currently in year 11. At school I’m the student justice and peace leader so I do a lot of work on poverty and global issues. I first started to get involved in CAFOD appeals in year 4 because I find their work really inspiring and I would love to be a part of the gap scheme in the future. Continue reading
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As someone with a very sweet tooth, I’m full of admiration for colleagues who give up chocolate for Lent, but I could never do it myself. However, I have resolved this Lent to stop buying my usual treats and switch to Fairtrade chocolate.
Like CAFOD, the Fairtrade Foundation is celebrating a notable anniversary this year: twenty years of selling Fairtrade-approved products in the UK, and so supporting thousands of communities around the world. Continue reading
In December, when world leaders meet in Copenhagen for crucial climate change talks, they will be discussing an issue on which the future of my country – and of humanity – depends.
The mountainous landscape of Honduras makes us extremely vulnerable to extremes of climate.
We only have two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. Every year we see that the dry season is getting longer.
Right now we are experiencing one of the longest and hottest summers. The rivers are totally dry, crops are completely lost and many people have to walk up to15 kilometres just to find water to drink. Continue reading
The law lecture theatre is on the sixth floor of Cochabamba’s San Simón University. From the balcony outside you can see the town below, but the mountains beyond dominate the skyline.
We have spent the last few days on those mountains, talking to farmers affected by a changing climate. Now their concerns and their voices are being heard by an international audience here in Cochabamba.
The law lecture theatre, its gilt-edged faded grandeur now decked with campaign banners, is the ideal setting for today’s Climate Justice tribunal. Here, established legal processes are being questioned and new ones proposed. Continue reading
Brothers and sisters, I am writing to you with the latest goings on here in Honduras.
This afternoon the government has decreed the suspension of people’s basic rights. The police can arrest anyone who looks like they might be part of the Resistance movement, they can imprison anyone without further legal measures – these have been suspended.
All meetings have become prohibited, it depends on the police.
The police can raid any premises without authorisation from a judge.
This afternoon they expelled from the country the representatives from the Organisation of American States. They were detained upon arrival at the airport, their documents were taken off them and they were driven out of the country.
The government has given 10 days for Brazil to say in which capacity they have Manuel Zelaya in the embassy in Honduras. As of today they have taken away the accreditations of all the embassies in Honduras that the actual government has not recognised, that is most of them. Financing to the embassies has been suppressed.
The Brazilian embassy remains heavily militarised, those inside are not allowed to sleep during the night and they cut off the water and light. In the embassy there are about 150 people.
The situation is getting more complicated as the state of siege is general, mobilisation is determined by each police station, as in any moment they can stop transport and imprison anyone without further inquiry.
As I said earlier, they have suspended the freedom of nationals and foreigners.
Friends, brothers and sisters, solidarity!
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