Young people lead call for simple living

By staff writers
November 24, 2006

Young people lead call for simple living

-24/11/06

Catholic aid agency CAFOD is calling for young people to lead their communities in taking up a 'livesimply' challenge when it launches at National Youth Sunday on November 26

Young people are at the forefront of the rallying call to "live simply, sustainably and in solidarity" when livesimply launches across parishes in England and Wales.

Timed to coincide with National Youth Sunday on November 26, the driving force behind livesimply is to galvanise the Catholic community and the wider general public to take personal responsibility for creating change.

Its aim is to create a world in which human dignity is respected, and to understand the impact our way of life is having on poor people and the environment.

CAFOD youth co-ordinator Monica Conmee said: "Iivesimply has hit a nerve with young people. Many are already doing their bit to fight world poverty, but this challenge is a great way for them to take the lead in parishes and communities to get us to re-examine our consumer lifestyles.

"We often say that young people are the future, but in fact they are the present, they are here with us now, and have much to offer society.

"As we enter Advent, young people will be reflecting on livesimply, sharing ideas on how they are going to take action and make their challenges a lifestyle reality."

James Ryan, 18, from Brentwood and Katie Bailiss 18, from Whitstable in Kent, have attended livesimply workshops in their parishes and are geared up to get involved.

James says: "We don't care enough about things like recycling, and fairtrade, which is why I want to get involved with CAFOD's livesimply challenge - because it is doing simply that, challenging us to sit up and care."

Katie says: "We are not really being asked to do something massive - after all we have so much here, we consume so much.

"So, if our actions here can make the difference to a life, a family, a community somewhere else in the world, then letís change our lifestyles to make that happen."

More than 30 Catholic organisations have already signed up to livesimply, from the Pontifical Mission Societies to CAFOD, Justice and Peace, and Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Their commitment has created a new network determined to work with and transform communities in a challenge which marks the anniversary of Populorum Progressio.

Written in 1967 Pope Paul VIís encyclical On the Development of the Peoples still holds a loud and clear message 40 years on - namely that it is everyoneís responsibility to contribute to making a fairer world.

Young people lead call for simple living

-24/11/06

Catholic aid agency CAFOD is calling for young people to lead their communities in taking up a 'livesimply' challenge when it launches at National Youth Sunday on November 26

Young people are at the forefront of the rallying call to "live simply, sustainably and in solidarity" when livesimply launches across parishes in England and Wales.

Timed to coincide with National Youth Sunday on November 26, the driving force behind livesimply is to galvanise the Catholic community and the wider general public to take personal responsibility for creating change.

Its aim is to create a world in which human dignity is respected, and to understand the impact our way of life is having on poor people and the environment.

CAFOD youth co-ordinator Monica Conmee said: "Iivesimply has hit a nerve with young people. Many are already doing their bit to fight world poverty, but this challenge is a great way for them to take the lead in parishes and communities to get us to re-examine our consumer lifestyles.

"We often say that young people are the future, but in fact they are the present, they are here with us now, and have much to offer society.

"As we enter Advent, young people will be reflecting on livesimply, sharing ideas on how they are going to take action and make their challenges a lifestyle reality."

James Ryan, 18, from Brentwood and Katie Bailiss 18, from Whitstable in Kent, have attended livesimply workshops in their parishes and are geared up to get involved.

James says: "We don't care enough about things like recycling, and fairtrade, which is why I want to get involved with CAFOD's livesimply challenge - because it is doing simply that, challenging us to sit up and care."

Katie says: "We are not really being asked to do something massive - after all we have so much here, we consume so much.

"So, if our actions here can make the difference to a life, a family, a community somewhere else in the world, then letís change our lifestyles to make that happen."

More than 30 Catholic organisations have already signed up to livesimply, from the Pontifical Mission Societies to CAFOD, Justice and Peace, and Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Their commitment has created a new network determined to work with and transform communities in a challenge which marks the anniversary of Populorum Progressio.

Written in 1967 Pope Paul VIís encyclical On the Development of the Peoples still holds a loud and clear message 40 years on - namely that it is everyoneís responsibility to contribute to making a fairer world.

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