Sam Abraham, a student from All Saints Catholic High School, has been presented with the Barbara Ward award for her tireless campaigning on climate change.
In January, 2015 Sam and five other students got involved with CAFOD and their climate campaign. Each month one or more student would blog/vlog about their experiences on climate and what they had been doing. Sam has spoken up for Creation using her digital platform, challenging politicians to do more for the climate. She has engaged with the great and the good, face to face too, including veteran MPs Eric Pickles and Ed Miliband.
The climate bloggers invited the school’s local MP, Louise Haigh into school, so that she could be interviewed on climate change. Louise was given a copy of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’. Sam isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. “If I stand up for justice, it’s like I’m standing with them while they work hard to change things – I want to be part of that,” she says.
Anyone who knows Sam also knows that she’s also got a fantastic sense of humour, and a strong faith. And she’s not afraid to share both of them with those she meets.