In the lead up to COP21, CPJ launched Prayers for COP21 in Paris, a suite of worship materials and advocacy tools that are designed to help people of faith engage with climate justice. Prayers for COP21 in Paris includes sermons, prayers of intercession, hymns, and Bible studies that can be used to bring climate justice into weekly worship. The campaign invites members of faith communities to sign a Call for Climate Action, advocating climate justice with a united voice.
During the climate talks, CPJ has also organized a nation-wide prayer chain. Faithful citizens are praying for climate justice during every hour of COP21. The prayer chain begins at 1 p.m. on November 29 with prayerful participation in Ottawa’s march for climate solutions and justice. After the march, prayer continues all across the nation until the end of the climate talks on December 11.
As world leaders meet at COP21 to shape the future of action on climate change, these prayers amplify the voices of the economically, socially, and ecologically marginalized who are most at risk from climate change. An outpouring of concern from faith communities around the nation helps shape political will towards meaningful and just climate action. Together, we remember with gratitude the gift of creation, pray for those affected by climate change, and hope for change.
Below, we hear from five citizens across Canada on why they are joining Prayers for COP21 in Paris: