Grace, top right

Grace, top right

Grace, 18, from Castlerigg, writes:

"As most of you will already know CAFOD have started a big three-year campaign about Climate Change. As part of this campaign, I was invited to spend a weekend where we entered into a simulated experience to try to get us to think about the fact that things we do in this part of the country and how they do affect those around the world.

The role that we had to play in the simulation was one of an indigenous community in the Amazon, and as a result of a logging company ‘claiming’ our land we were ‘forced’ out of our homes and we had to set up temporary camps elsewhere.

Although we knew it was all pretend and that it would finish in the morning there were some parts of the simulation which were rather scary, and it opened my eyes to the fact that this actually happens to communities around the world, and often without really realising it, we do have an impact on the environment all over the world. We often speak about how we are just ‘passing through’ this world because there is somewhere even better to go to in the ‘next life’ but that doesn’t mean that we should just ignore the things around us. Catholic means universal, and we’re all the same, we shouldn’t just turn a blind eye and not really think about people who live in the Amazon, living off the land or whatever. Through this simulation, it really made me think about those people who really do suffer, not just by being moved out of their homes, but those who are affected by climate change, and often we just think that we are only one person so what’s the point in trying to change anything. But this taught me that though we may just be one person, we can make a difference.