A faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada.
The Give it up for the Earth! campaign is centred on a postcard that includes:
a pledge to individual climate action, and
a call for more far-reaching national climate policy.
The aims of Give it up for the Earth! are to raise awareness about climate change, and collect signatures as a demonstration of support for increased federal government action.
Almost 2,000 Canadians Gave it up for the Earth! in 2017
During Lent 2017, CPJ ran Give it up for the Earth! for the first time. Over 90 churches, schools, and religious orders from eight denominations – Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United – and several ecumenical networks took up the campaign in more than 55 towns and cities.
In all 10 provinces and one territory, organizers put on movie nights, held discussions on creation care, engaged youth groups, campaigned on the street, and more.
People across Canada pledged to make lifestyle changes for a healthier climate. Many committed to CPJ’s suggestions to give up meat, to fly less frequently, or to divest from fossil fuel companies. Others committed to growing more of their own food, going zero-waste, or installing solar panels.
Along with these actions, Canadian Christians called on Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to make sure our federal government is working towards climate justice for all.
On June 16, 2017, CPJ delivered close to 2,000 Give it up for the Earth! postcards to an enthusiastic and visibly moved Minister McKenna.
Minister McKenna affirmed the need for more action on the campaign calls – including fossil fuel subsidies, Indigenous rights, and global climate financing – and reiterated that the federal-provincial climate framework is just a starting point. She shared her gratitude for the encouragement to respond boldly to the global climate crisis.
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