News: Climate Justice

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and views from CPJ on climate justice by reading the articles written by CPJ staff and citing CPJ’s work.

Letter: Religious investors call for price on carbon

April 2015
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CPJ joined over 50 religious congregations and faith groups from across Canada in writing a letter to federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver, asking him to put a price on carbon emissions. The letter was organized by SHARE Canada

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Of Pigsties, Stewardship, and the Flourishing of Creation

Groundings: Of Pigsties, Stewardship, and the Flourishing of Creation

From The Catalyst Spring 2015

At a recent meeting of CPJ’s Board of Directors, an agenda item proposed changing one word in our mission statement. After a spirited discussion, we voted unanimously to replace “stewardship” with “the flourishing of creation.” Despite the word change, the fertile biblical concept of stewardship remains a core element in CPJ’s vision and mission. Thus, the fascinating, somewhat comical, history of the word “steward” is rich and worthy of brief reflection by CPJ’s community.

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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…

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#FastfortheClimate

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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Letter to Premiers: Call for federal leadership on climate

January 2015
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CPJ has written to the premiers urging them to make climate protection a priority in their deliberations, and in their ongoing work as provincial and territorial leaders.

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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…

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Faith Groups plan Climate Change Vigils on Dec. 7

Vigil in Ottawa to walk to Parliament Hill, Global Multi-faith Commitment Grows as Negotiators Meet

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Ottawa, ON: December 3, 2014 – On the evening of December 7th, “Light for Lima” vigils are taking place all over the world.  People are gathering with candles and solar lanterns to show their concern about climate change.

Building on the momentum from the People’s Climate March where they mobilized tens of thousands of participants, faith groups are holding vigils in thirteen countries to pray for progress towards an international agreement to address climate change.  The vigils will take place as leaders are gathered for the crucial Lima climate talks. 

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Climate March

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….

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