Kintbury youth worker to represent CAFOD at G7 summit in Cornwall
A YOUTH worker from West Berkshire is heading to the G7 summit in Cornwall this weekend to call for a better deal for the world’s vulnerable.
Juliette Bone, from Kintbury, is part of a group of climate campaigners from the charity CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) who will be gathering to make their voices heard at the summit in Carbis Bay.
The 26-year-old retreat organiser and part-time youth worker, said that her passion for advocacy started at a young age.
She said: "I remember having a profound care for nature from a young age; walking in the countryside and swimming in the sea, wanting to protect worms and bees.
"As a teenager I took recycling seriously. I watched the news, documentaries and read articles on climate change too. I wasn’t particularly science savvy but felt compelled by the personal reality of climate change for people around the globe."
The group of 18–32-year-olds will be raising awareness on global issues - especially climate and debt cancellation - in Cornwall from June 10-13.
The UK is hosting the G7 and COP26 this year, and CAFOD is urging leaders to support vulnerable nations by cancelling all debt payments owed by low-income countries so that they can recover and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic - including debts owed to private lenders.
The charity wants to see the world’s leaders provide support to these countries to tackle the immediate health crisis and poverty caused by the pandemic. And, as the world begins to recover, it wants the leaders to pledge to build back better and tackle other challenges.
“The opportunity to represent CAFOD at the G7 Summit will allow me to gain understanding on how to influence decision making on a global scale, and provide me with the knowledge to back up my passion with practical campaigning skills,” Miss Bone said.