Christians Call for Canadian Climate Leadership at COP23

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Bonn, Germany: November 13, 2017 —As the world convenes for the COP23 climate conference in Germany, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) will be to there call for Canada to do its part to implement the Paris Agreement.

“COP23 marks a critical moment for Canadian climate leadership,” said Karri Munn-Venn, Senior Policy Analyst for CPJ. “While some important advances have been made, it is clear that Canada — and the international community — must commit to a much higher level of ambition to close the gap between projected emissions and the Paris targets.”

CPJ joins people of faith from around the world, including our partners from the U.S., and will attend the second week of the COP23 negotiations in Bonn. Even as the U.S. government backs away and the Canadian government drags its feet, Christians continue to advocate for strong national policies which will defend the health and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable.

“Climate change – with its devastating impacts on both people and the planet – is an issue that reaches to the core of who we are as people of faith and how we are to live in God’s world, said Munn-Venn. “We will be in Bonn for COP23 to bear witness to the international negotiations, to give voice to the Christian call for climate justice, and to continue to engage Canadian officials on the imperative to act quickly and implement policies to reduce Canadian emissions.

CPJ has partnered with Climate Caretakers, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America to create a coalition of Christian organizations at COP23.

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For more information, contact Karri Munn-Venn at karri@cpj.ca.