Once again, CAFOD took a group of volunteers to V-Festival at Hyfield Park, Chelmsford- this year to spread the word about One Climate One World and get a few more signatures for the Climate Change Petition!
It was a great weekend spent chatting to festival-goers about the campaign. Climate change is such a big topic at the moment so loads of people were up for signing the petition and hearing a little more (or trying to over the booming speakers at least). CAFOD’s focus is of course on how climate change affects people living in poverty, something that many people I spoke to had never really thought about- through no fault of their own, it’s a conversation that is still getting going- and is was fantastic to see people getting a new perspective on the issue.
While a few people recognised our CAFOD shirts, bunting, and banners, a lot of people had never heard of CAFOD and seemed surprised to hear Catholics talking about Climate Change. Loads of people grow up with a view of the Catholic Church as pretty anti-science so it was good to set the record straight a bit – and it does help that most people are fans of Pope Francis!
The extremes in weather probably sparked people interest in the climate a bit as well- from a boiling, bright 28⁰C on Saturday to a chilly drizzle on Sunday. Neither is great for getting strangers to stop and chat, but we got an amazing 560 signatures over the two days- well done team! As well as having volunteers roaming around the site and chatting with people we always had a few sat at the marquee, which was a bit out of the way but was also right next to some portaloos- which may not sound too great but as soon as people discovered them we had a line of people with no distractions who were happy to talk as they waited.
Well done to everyone who volunteered at V, and thank you to anyone who signed the petition.
-Rachel, CAFOD volunteer