A Diss mother of four is set to trek 200 miles to Paris in a bid to get world leaders to take action against climate change.
Judith Tooth, 49, a volunteer for Catholic charity CAFOD, is joining more than 40 people from across the UK walking to Paris on a pilgrimage.
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 homeJudith Tooth
The parishioner from St Henry Morse Catholic Church in Diss will be 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.
Departing St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Friday, walkers from CAFOD, Tearfund, the Church of England and Christian Aid will walk to Paris, arriving on Friday, November 27, joining tens of thousands of others marching for climate change.
Judith said she was inspired to take positive action by Pope Francis, who, speaking earlier this year, urged everyone to take better care of the world and recognise the devastating impact climate change has on the world’s most vulnerable people. “We need to put aside short-term gain and take long-term decisions to protect our earth in all its beauty and richness,” she said.
“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.