Canadians prayed for 296 consecutive hours during Paris climate negotiations. Concerned kids, parents, farmers, musicians, scientists, grandmothers, ministers, national churches, and friends, all across Canada (and beyond!) participated.
News: Ecological Justice
By Wayne Groot
I have to confess I started my hour of prayer a little earlier than my allotted time, as another commitment had come up, but I thought I could be forgiven for that. My hour then coincided with Prime Minister Trudeau's speech at the Paris climate talks. So I didn’t hear his speech live but I prayed for courage and wisdom and a spirit of wonder for him as he stood in front of the podium.
Last winter, my nine-year-old son accompanied me to a climate talk at our church. But rather than bored, Oscar was captivated and took to writing about climate change, flooding and drought, and the significant oil and gas reserves that must stay underground.
Then I began to worry. How much did he understand about what the world might look like when he’s my age? And did he (as I do) have faith that we could muster the ambition necessary to take action?
By Randolph Haluza-DeLay, PhD
Demanding action on both climate change and poverty, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has released On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out. Citizens for Public Justice helped to draft this inter-faith statement, which also adds a call for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Climate Justice Requires Christian Advocacy
Climate change is already negatively impacting physical, biological, and human systems around the world. That we allow further greenhouse gas emissions is an injustice – especially since those most vulnerable to climate change are already socially and economically marginalized.
In this election, CPJ focused on democratic reform, poverty in Canada, climate justice, and refugee rights. On all four issues, our members hope to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take quick action to fulfill his party’s commitments. But we will also push his new government to fill in the gaps in its platform.
Climate change is now on the post-2015 global development agenda.
“Agenda 2030” was approved by the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 25. Its 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) will replace the Millennium Development Goals on January 1, 2016. This critical new framework for global action towards public justice includes a call to action on climate change.
The movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has exploded, growing fifty-fold in the past year. To date, 430 institutions and 2,040 individuals across 43 countries and representing $2.6 trillion in assets have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies.
Faith communities cannot, in good conscience, be strong advocates for addressing climate change while continuing to profit from fossil fuel companies.
People of faith are joining together in prayer, song, and action for climate justice.
Human Rights Monument, Nelson Mandela Square at City Hall, Intersection of Elgin & Lisgar Streets | Ottawa, ON
12:15 pm | Sunday, November 29, 2015