Norfolk mum on 200-mile Paris climate mission
A Diss parishioner and mum of four began a 200-mile walk to Paris on Friday to ask world leaders to take action against climate change.
Judith Tooth, 49, a volunteer for Catholic charity CAFOD, is walking with more than 40 people from across the UK walking to Paris on a pilgrimage. The parishioner from St Henry Morse Catholic Church in Diss is taking part in the pilgrimage to call for a fair and ambitious deal from world leaders on tackling climate change at a major UN meeting.
Walkers from CAFOD, Tearfund, the Church of England and Christian Aid, left St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on November 13, to walk to Paris, arriving on November 27 to join tens of thousands of people marching for climate action.
Earlier this year Pope Francis urged everyone to take better care of the world we live in, recognising the devastating impact climate change has on the planet’s most vulnerable people. Judith felt inspired by the Pope’s words to take more positive action.
Judith said: “We need to put aside short-term gain and take long-term decisions to protect our earth in all its beauty and richness. Some of the world’s poorest people are most vulnerable to the impact of a changing climate and they stand to lose the most. It’s just a complete injustice if temperatures are allowed to rise.
“I knew I wanted to put my faith into action by actually being in Paris during the climate summit. The journey itself will be inspiring as I’ll meet new people and together we can make a difference and I look forward to sharing the journey and ideas for what we can all do once I’m back home.”
Over the years, Judith has raised over £5,000 for CAFOD, by walking hundreds of miles to Santiago de Compostela in Spain along an ancient pilgrimage route. As well as her volunteering, Judith juggles her time between working as a freelance culture and farming journalist, and home schooling her two youngest sons, Felix and Silas.
This year Judith is supporting CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign, which is urging Prime Minister David Cameron and other world leaders to cut carbon emissions and keep the global temperature from rising above the dangerous threshold of 1.5°C. This will help prevent climate change from pushing people deeper into poverty.
Judith will join Catholics from around the world in handing a petition with over 200,000 signatures calling for a fair and binding climate change deal.
Pictured above is Judith Tooth.
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