CAFOD campaign volunteer and parishioner at St. Lawrence’s Parish, Feltham, Miriam McEneaney, met with her local MP for the first time following the Climate Coalitions Week of Action. After meeting with Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra, she speaks about her experience.
“Before the week of action, I phoned Seema’s Hounslow constituency office to make an appointment to see her in her surgery.”
“I met with Seema on Friday 28 October and she was lovely. She was very approachable and she made me feel at ease straight away. I did not want to bombard her with facts so I gave her the literature prepared by CAFOD – a sheet entitled “UK leadership on climate change and energy at home and abroad”.
“I outlined 3 bullet points which I asked her to action. She has since confirmed that she has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy asking him to publish an ambitious low-carbon investment plan to transform the economy in line with the Climate Change Act. I also gave Seema the booklet “Ending Energy Poverty by 2030”.
“I know how busy MPs are, so I thought it best to let Seema read the literature in her own time and then come back to me. She suggested a photo for her Facebook and Web Page.
“I found Seema’s Assistant, Robert, very helpful. We must remember that MPs are ordinary people. This has become especially apparent this year with the tragic death of Jo Cox and, on a happier note, Ed Balls on Strictly.
“I have been involved with CAFOD for a while now. My parish hosts regular CAFOD coffee mornings but I could never attend because of work commitments. It was at one of the Understanding CAFOD days in the Westminster diocese that I learnt about being a campaign volunteer.
“Becoming a campaign volunteer was perfect as it is something you can blend into your life. You write to your MP about three times a year. It does not take up a huge amount of time but is very productive.
“When I saw Seema’s support on her Facebook and Webpage, I really felt we had done something towards connecting the poor to the powerful”.
During the Climate Coalition’s week of action in October, over 300 coalition actions took place, and over 1,000 CAFOD supporters filled out postcards to send to their MPs about their environmental concerns.
Senior Political Advisor at CAFOD, Dominic Foster said:
“Campaigners from across England and Wales have been writing to, emailing and meeting with their MPs to speak up for renewable energy. Thanks to their hard work, a significant number of questions have been submitted from MPs to the Department for International Development asking them to increase investment in energy that benefit’s the world’s poorest people.
“We need to continue to keep the pressure up to ensure that this enthusiasm translates into a change in spending that improves the lives.”
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