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Westminster was bathed in divine glory last week when 300 nuns and monks descended on the Parliament to lobby MPs over the Climate Change Bill. 


Organised by Stop Climate Chaos member, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), the main focus of the celestial congregation outside the House of Commons was to sermonise the message that developing countries are suffer most from the effects of climate change even though they contribute the least to its causes.

Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, met a delegation from the lobby to hear their concerns.

One protestor, Sister Pat Robb CJ, who has worked in African refugee camps, said: "The poorest for whom life is already a real struggle will bear the brunt of climate change, while those that have consumed more than their fair share of the earth will not have to pay such a heavy price."

CAFOD Director, Chris Bain, said: “Tackling climate change is essential if the Government’s good work in fighting poverty is not to be undermined by rising global temperatures which hit the world’s poorest hardest.

“We desperately need to see a strong Bill going through Parliament, which shows the UK is taking tough action on climate change, and gives the government a mandate to speak out at crucial international talks.”

According to CAFOD, 150,000 people die each year from the effects of climate change, of which the vast majority are those in developing countries.

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published: 18:00 - 30 April 2008