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Speak Up for the Love of…

URGENT – Please book now to join us in London on Wednesday 17th June!

Dear Supporter of NE-CAP!
 
All the things we love most are threatened by climate change! But on 17th June, we’ve got a great opportunity to help protect them, by meeting our new MPs in Westminster to ask them to commit to strong action on climate change.
 
NE-CAP has a vision to have every single NE constituency represented. Could you be there for one of them, ideally with one or two friends?
 
This is urgent: train fares will increase steeply as time goes on, so please book your seat as a matter of urgency. Or go by coach and stay with friends or family. In any case, please let me know!

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“Zewdie Tamirat’s eyes were swollen shut through malnutrition and her delicate skin was no longer able to mask the skeleton beneath. Brushing away flies from her face with a small twig, the little girl stood quietly as, in 2000, her father explained how three years of crop failure in Ethiopia had left his family facing starvation. Pitiably, she attempted a smile for the cameraman”. (Jim Loring, Tearfund) [See Zewdie’s image attached.]

It came like a bolt from the blue when, early in 2006, I read that global warming is “probably responsible for the drop in rainfall in Ethiopia since 1996” (Lord Robert May, President of the Royal Society). In other words, rich country pollution is already doing terrible damage to the world’s poor.

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Everyone’s talking about who’ll win the election… But what we’re wondering most is, whoever gets into power – what will they actually do? On 17th June, we and thousands of people from across the UK will be asking them to protect the things we love.
 

It’ll be a doddle! We’ll provide you with an easy-to-understand briefing to give to your MP and some suggestions of what you can say. And no one is going to expect you to be an expert on climate change!

 
NE-CAP supporters have an enviable reputation as front-runners in support of action on global poverty and climate change. Now is not the time to let ourselves down – and still less to betray the world’s poor and our own children and grandchildren – by our indifference and indolence!
 
Not everyone’s in a position to support this event, but that means that it’s all the more important for those of us who can support it, to do so.
 
Veronica and I have booked our seats – please join us!
 
With every good wish,
David

 

Click this link to download pdf of this event: Climate Event17thJune

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A Review of the Past Year by David Golding

North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change (NE-CAP): A Review of the Past Year presented by Dr David Golding, CBE, Development Coordinator at the NE-CAP Annual General Meeting, 2 March 2015.

To download the PPT presentation please click this URL (6.4mb): NE-CAP: A Review of the Past Year

Highlights of the Year (excerpted from the PPT):

  • ‘Horizon’ – co-sponsored by NE-CAP and Tearfund. An attempt to both ‘stand back’ from our usual concerns and to start a ‘Conversation’ asking bigger questions about values.… to listen, to ask questions and to explore the bigger issues together. And it led to our ‘Eco-Congregations’ initiative.
  • The Passing of Bill Peters and Martin Dent, co-founders of Jubilee 2000.
  • ‘End Hunger Fast’ – North East CALL FOR ACTION calls for support to ‘End Hunger Fast’ in the UK.
  • European Elections May 2014 Questions for Candidates  and a commentary to the response of the candidates by David Golding
  • ‘Campaigns Energiser Day’ by Antony Mbandi, Director of Caritas Kitui, Kenya, a CAFOD partner
  • Celebrate the Great North Run‘ its astonishing charitable endeavours
  • ‘Fairtrade: A Grassroots Revolution’ North Region Fairtrade Supporter Conference
  • Climate Action: March and Rally
  • The Second Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture ‘Challenges in expanding opportunity in education’ Kevin Watkins, Exec. Director, ODI
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Time to Act on Climate Change, 7th March 2015

Dear Friend of NE-CAP,
 
PLEASE – If you only do one thing, please watch this video!
 
Really beautiful and really inspiring – had me in tears. [And only 4 minutes.]
 
At the UN Climate Summit in New York in September 2014, poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands issued an emotional call to action – reciting this poem, entitled “Dear Matafele Peinem”, dedicated to her 6 month old daughter. Go to:
 
 
1)      Then you will want to join us, as we support “Time to Act”, the next event by Climate Action NE, the regional climate grouping! Saturday 7th March, 2.00-4.00pm, at Grey’s Monument, Newcastle. I will be giving one of the brief addresses. 
 
We do this to demonstrate our shared concern for the future of our planet and its people, including our children and grandchildren.
Download Time to Act poster: Time to Act poster March 7
2)      Disgusted by the tax dodges, fiddles and scams of the big corporations and the rich in general? Me too!
 
So join NE-CAP in throwing your weight behind the demand for a ‘Tax Dodging Bill’ in the first 100 days of the new government, whoever they are! This is a multi-agency push, with some fine minds behind it, so you can support it with confidence. It will provide resources for essential services not only in low income countries, but here in the UK as well!
 
Read what Susan Matale, head of the Zambian Council of churches, says in the 2-page poster attached, and sign the petition at: http://taxdodgingbill.org.uk/
 
And watch the brief video entitled, “It’s time to get tough on the tax dodgers”, at:
Download Tax Dodging Bill speech: Tax Dodging Bill
 
3)      Mark the date of the National rally by the Climate Coalition in London – 17th June 2015 – and plan to join us there! And please get on their mailing list, every one of you! Go go:http://www.theclimatecoalition.org/
 
Finally, although the turn-out for our AGM on Monday was a little disappointing, I think we all had a good time. We finished with four brief video’s, including “Dear Matafele Peinem” and the one on tax dodging mentioned above, and the links for the other two are given below.
“Make Poverty History – Drop the Debt”
 
 
 
“What’s aid ever been useful for? Absolutely nothing, except…”
 
 
With every good wish,
 
David
Dr David Golding CBE (Development Coordinator)
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