Take Action: Ecological Justice

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We are all connected to climate change. As Canadians we are part of the problem. As people of faith, we can be part of the solution. God calls us to love and care for all the Earth. To respond to the human and ecological devastation of climate change with love and justice.

CPJ is encouraged by the range of emissions-reduction measures contained in Canada's new climate plan. Still, it is just a starting point. The work now begins to bring Canada’s plan in line with the spirit and the letter of the Paris Agreement.

Join CPJ in Give it up for the Earth! During Lent 2017, people of faith from across Canada will reduce our GHG emissions and call on our government to match and exceed these actions with policy changes.

CPJ has set up a online action in partnership with the CRC's Centre for Public Dialogue. Urge your MP to support strong emissions-reducing measures in Canada’s climate action plan. As an expression of love for God’s awesome creation, tell your MP that you, as a person of faith, want meaningful climate action – consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement – to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change.

3 steps you, and your church, can take towards climate justice at any time:

1. Acknowledge: learn about & meditate on the need for climate justice

Meaningful action on climate change grows from understanding its causes, accepting personal responsibility for our contributions, and seeking awareness of its negative impacts on those who are most vulnerable to its impacts.

  • Use CPJ's faithful climate action worship resources for churches to incorporate climate justice themes into prayer and worship, or start a conversation in your church.
  • Reflect, pray, and take action with CPJ’s book, Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis. It’s designed for a small group study or church-wide use. You can also draw on our Living Ecological Justice additional reading and video pages.
  • Join “Fast for the Climate,” the world-wide movement with CPJ staff and members, as well as other organizations and individuals who are fasting and engaging in environmental advocacy on the first day of every month.
  • Invite CPJ to speak to your organization or facilitate a workshop on faith and ecological justice. Contact Karri Munn-Venn for more information.

2. Act: reduce your environmental impact

Each of us has a moral and personal responsibility to live with integrity towards ecological reconciliation with all of Creation. 

3. Advocate: engage with Canadian Political leaders

Living out the call to care for the environment requires both individual-level and legislative-level changes. While personal greening initiatives do slow environmental degradation and enhance the way we see our relationship with creation, they are inadequate if we don’t also work for societal and public policy reform.

  • Read and share the ecumenical statement, “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada." This call for federal action on climate change and poverty was coordinated by the Canadian Council of Churches in September 2015 and endorsed by more than 65 signatories (including CPJ, Canadian Christian, Sikh, and Buddhist leaders). 
  • Use CPJ's Advocacy Toolkit to make your voice heard.

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