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The ethics of oil extraction

Originally published in Embassy News.

There has been a lot of noise lately about how best to transport oil. Five trains carrying crude oil and other petroleum products have derailed in Canada and the United States in the last month. At least three of the spills led to serious fires that burned for days. At the same time, the pros and cons of pipeline development are being hotly contested.

Pipelines and Public Justice

On Tuesday, February 24, President Barack Obama made a historic decision. He vetoed an omnibus  bill that would allow the development of Keystone XL – a massive pipeline intended to carry over 800,000 barrels a day of crude and bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands 1900 kilometres to Texas refineries. This decision was long-delayed and significant.

Show the Earth some Lovin'

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and all the ads tell me I must find the perfect, pink, heart-shaped gift for my sweetie. Or maybe I could go green? There have been a sprinkling of messages from environmental groups urging me to share tiny green hearts or send e-cards featuring nature-themed art and animal-inspired word plays. Still, I’m feeling pretty cynical about the whole thing.

The challenge with Valentine’s Day is that it presents love as shallow and saccharine. And that’s not the message I want to send to my husband and kids.

3 Reasons to Feel Hopeful After COP20

The world was watching as delegations from over 190 countries gathered in Lima, Peru for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. With a December 2015 deadline for a new international agreement to drastically lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (at COP21 in Paris), the goal for Lima a good first draft. The agreement that emerged, however, is by most accounts weak, watered-down, and reflective of the North-South divide that has long challenged the COP process.

2015: A Big Year for the Climate

From The Catalyst Winter 2014

Canada is failing.

In October, the federal Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, released a scathing report on our government’s environmental record. If it were a report card, Canada would certainly receive a failing grade and be sent to the Principal’s Office for the severe offense of breaking our word.

Mining meets theology in action

Originally published in Embassy News. 

Every day in northern Brazil, 12 long trains filled with minerals leave the largest iron ore mine in the world. Estimates put the worth of each train’s cargo at tens of millions of dollars, while the dilapidated houses on the side of the tracks are home to families who somehow survive on $1 a day.

Video: Living Faithfully into a New Climate

Through a sense of wonder with creation we are invited to seek insights into God's will for a just society, a fair economy, and a flourishing land. This short video explores major themes related to climate change and identifies ways in which we are called to respond.

We encourage you to share this video widely. Learn more about CPJ's work on climate change and the "Living Faithfully into a New Climate" project.

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