Climate Justice

Care for the Earth has long been a focus of Canadian church work for justice and peace. Today, climate justice calls attention to the disproportional effects of the fossil-fuels dependent economy on countries that produce most greenhouse gases and those that suffer the effects of climate change; it also calls attention to the effects on future generations whose world will have been altered forever because of our consumption patterns today. The need for effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is urgent.. The responsibility to act is all of ours: individuals, faith communities, businesses, civil society, industries, all levels of government.

On this page you will find resources from The Canadian Council of Churches’ work for Climate Justice.

Interfaith Resources

On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out – September 2015. En français.

A compilation of relevant faith community statements in Canada and global leadership by leaders of faith communities.

English PDF versionEn français.

See the endorsement invitation that has gone out to faith leaders across Canada – Sept 2015. En français.

Suggestions for actions citizens can take. En français.

Can Faith Communities Change the Climate?
A report on a public event on faith and climate.

Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change
A call from representatives of Canadian faith communities for moral and spiritual response to the growing crises of climate change.

Canadian faith leaders call for climate justice
Sept 2015 – In conjunction with the United Nations Sustainable Development summit, currently underway, Canadian faith leaders are calling for climate justice in Canada—for all Canadians, and for the world. Together they have endorsed the statement “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada.”

Taking the Call to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP17
A report on engagement with the Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change at the 2011 17th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Report on the Interfaith Forum on Faith and Climate
A report emerging from a public event organized by a collaborative interfaith committee on climate justice, including The Commission on Justice and Peace of The Canadian Council of Churches, Citizens for Public Justice, Faith and the Common Good, The Hill Times, and Embassy magazine.

A Time for Inspired Leadership and Action
A 2010 statement signed by 80 senior faith leaders from around the world at the World Religions Summit: Interfaith Leaders in the G8 Nations in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Letters to Government Officials

To the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment – September 30, 2013. En français.

To the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment – November 21, 2012
Response from the Honourable Peter Kent
10 Ways to Use Letter to Minister Kent in Your Community

Theological Reflection

Justice and peace must prevail: Statement from the World Council of Churches
Delivered by Joy Kennedy at 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UNFCCC

Public Constraints on the Church’s work in the voluntary sector for a sustainable economy
Delivered by Dr. John Hiemstra at Forum on Faith and a Sustainable Economy

A Witness to: Theology, Public Ethics, and Public Policy in the Voluntary Sector
Delivered by Priscilla Solomon at Forum on Faith and a Sustainable Economy

Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy
Delivered by Keith Helmuth at Forum on Faith and a Sustainable Economy

Excerpt from Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy
An easy-to-share, inspiring quotation from Keith Helmuth

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