Cafod's climate call

'Big journeys start with small steps'

A charity worker from Liverpool is heading to Poland in December to join thousands of people calling for world leaders to take action on climate change at a major UN conference.

Colette Byrne, who works and volunteers for the Catholic development charity Cafod, will travel to Katowice from 5–11 December for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24).

Colette is making the trip to call on 200 UN member states to ensure the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Campaigners are hoping member governments will show greater ambition in restricting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees and take action to have net zero emissions by 2050.

Colette – pictured at a recent meeting with her MP, Louise Ellman, to discuss the matter – said: 'I'm travelling to Poland because the more people who are aware of the effects of climate change, the sooner we can all change our ways personally and spread the word to others about how they can make a difference too. Big journeys start with small steps.'

Cafod's head of advocacy, Neil Thorns, said: 'COP24 represents an opportunity for Cafod alongside its partners and sister organisations to ramp up the pressure on national governments to follow through on the commitments they made in 2015.

'The historic agreement has now been ratified by 183 of the 197 parties to the convention. However, as the recent IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels so clearly illustrates, the current global ambitions aren't going to prevent this global temperature rise.'

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