Deborah Mebude

Karri Munn-Venn is CPJ's senior policy analyst.

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Consulting on Climate: Let’s Make Our Voices Heard

“What do you think?”

It’s a phrase we often use with friends when checking an idea or seeking advice. And it’s the question our federal government is now asking us as it develops Canada’s climate action plan.

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We Should Tell our Canadian Climate Stories this Earth Day

This Earth Day, and you can bet it will include all of the perennial park clean-ups, spring seedling swaps, and perhaps a renewed push for recycling at the local public school.

That’s all good, but this year Earth Day is different. It offers something more.

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Prayer for Climate Action

Earth Day is on April 22. This year, it will take on special significance as world leaders will be in New York to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

As we mark a Day of Prayer for Climate Action, we share our prayer for the Earth.

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Living Ecological Justice

Wondering what on earth we’re doing? Looking for an inspiring, relevant, and practical resource on ecological justice issues?

Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, explores a wide range of issues with writers from seven Canadian Christian traditions.

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A Better Future for Our Children

A Better Future for Our Children

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?

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This Changes Everything:

Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

From the Catalyst, Summer 2015

​This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
By Naomi Klein

Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2014

Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn

Author and activist Naomi Klein has done it again. This Changes Everything, is at once thick with academic research and deeply grounded in human narrative. It is a profoundly personal account of coming to understand that climate change is the issue of our time.

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Changing the Climate Debate

From The Catalyst, Summer 2015

There was a time not too long ago that climate change was a bit of a fringe issue. No more. It has moved into the mainstream. The terrain has shifted. Climate justice is no longer simply the purview of environmentalism and social justice.

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Take Action: Ecological Justice

In QC for Climate Action

From April 11-14, climate change took centre stage in Québec City. I was pleased to be there representing CPJ at the #ActOnClimate march, the #ActOnClimate forum, and the Green Church conference that coincided with the premiers’ meeting on climate change. 25,000 March for Climate Action The #ActOnClimate march of environmental groups, organized labour, students, community…

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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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…

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Several years ago, I participated in a poverty simulation that involved one day (8 hours, really) without food. It was miserable. My head ached, my brain was foggy, I was emotional, overwhelmed, and felt useless. I also learned a lot – a whole lot. Since then, I’ve valued the food that I eat more than…

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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….

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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,…

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