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For the Love of Creation - A Faith-based Initiative for Climate Justice

Canadian churches and faith-based organizations have a long history of work in ecological conservation, environmental activism, and advocacy for climate justice. To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22, 2020, we started on a journey together of reflection, dialogue, discernment, advocacy, and action on the issue of climate change.

MCC and a growing list of national churches, Christian international development agencies, and faith-based organizations have come together as people of faith in the hopes of making a meaningful contribution in the next decade towards a sustainable future for all life on the planet.

 

You are invited to journey with us!

Take action and sign petition e-2712 here, calling on the Government of Canada to:

1. Commit to reducing Canadian GHG emissions by 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, while investing in a just transition to a fair, inclusive, green economy that creates good secure jobs, and promotes the well-being of everyone in Canada;

2. Honour the rights of Indigenous peoples by animating the principle of free, prior and informed consent, particularly in the context of climate policy, energy policy, and infrastructure development, key to a robust and functioning right of free prior and informed consent is legislative implementation of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

3. Commit equal support for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South through international climate financing mechanisms, with additional funding for loss and damage, scaling up to a fair share contribution of at least $4 billion USD per year;

4. Respond to the pandemic in the Global South through multilateral debt cancellation and increased grant-based support for Canadian international NGOs.


Why are we working For the Love of Creation?

Never before has the interconnectedness of all humanity – all of creation – been clearer than it is right now. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has dramatically impacted every aspect of our lives. As is too often the case in times of difficulty, existing vulnerabilities are being exacerbated; many are dying and many more face economic ruin. The way we respond is of paramount importance.

Even before the emergence of COVID-19, we knew that we were entering into a crucial decade for climate action. Now more than ever, we see devastating economic, political, cultural, and social fissures. Indigenous peoples have long reminded us of the interconnectedness of all creation. Respecting this interconnectedness is critical for ecological and economic integrity, right relations with Indigenous peoples, and for holistic recovery from the pandemic.

For the Love of Creation aims to engage people individually and in community, as congregations and organizations, all across the country in a climate conversation centred on three themes: 

  1. Theological reflection. Together, we create a space for collaborative responsive theology, exploring our relationship with the Creator and creation, and encouraging theologically grounded and relevant dialogue about climate justice and global warming.
     
  2. Local and congregational engagement. We endeavour to increase dialogue and reduce polarization in the climate change conversation in Canada; to build consensus on the actions needed to build a sustainable future for all.
     
  3. Political advocacy. As people of faith, we urge the government of Canada to meet and ultimately exceed our Paris climate commitments by investing in a just transition and establishing a fair and inclusive economy. Honouring the rights of Indigenous peoples and incorporating Indigenous knowledge and experience into any proposed solutions is essential to this work.

For the Love of Creation responds to feelings of ecological grief arising from the loss of species and destruction of ecosystems as well as eco-anxiety stemming from the awareness of risks related to climate change impacts. As we collaborate on various resources, this will be done through pastoral care and ceremony, building community resilience, and by taking collective action for climate justice.

For the Love of Creation explores how we can work together to build healthy, resilient communities, and a better future for all beings in Creation. 

The churches and organizations listed below have committed to working together for at least the next year; beginning in the fall of 2021 participants will recommit on a year-by-year basis. 

We invite you to join us, For the Love of Creation.


Get involved and take action:

Sign petition e-2712 here and join us in calling on the Government of Canada to:

1. Commit to reducing Canadian GHG emissions by 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, while investing in a just transition to a fair, inclusive, green economy that creates good secure jobs, and promotes the well-being of everyone in Canada;

2. Honour the rights of Indigenous peoples by animating the principle of free, prior and informed consent, particularly in the context of climate policy, energy policy, and infrastructure development, key to a robust and functioning right of free prior and informed consent is legislative implementation of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

3. Commit equal support for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South through international climate financing mechanisms, with additional funding for loss and damage, scaling up to a fair share contribution of at least $4 billion USD per year;

4. Respond to the pandemic in the Global South through multilateral debt cancellation and increased grant-based support for Canadian international NGOs.


For more information, contact Ruth Plett, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (ruthplett@mcccanada.ca) or a member of the campaign coordinating committee: Beth Lorimer, KAIROS (blorimer@kairoscanada.org); Karri Munn-Venn, Citizens for Public Justice (karri@cpj.ca); Sue Wilson, Canadian Religious Conference (swilson@csjcanada.org); Luke Stocking, Development and Peace (luke.stocking@devp.org)



Participants to date:

The Anglican Church of Canada (Primate and National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop)
Development and Peace - Caritas Canada
Canadian Religious Conference
Citizens for Public Justice
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Faith & the Common Good
Global Catholic Climate Movement Canada
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada
OMI Notre Dame du Cap
OMI Lacombe Province
Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie
Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception
Scarboro Missions
Our Lady’s Missionaries
Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada

 

Banner image: Utooni Development Organization (UDO), an MCC partner, works with farmers in Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado counties of Kenya, who are suffering the impact of climate change – unpredictable rainy seasons, decreased rain, and flooding when it does rain. UDO is teaching farmers to implement conservation agriculture, crop diversity and community savings groups as primary ways to increase food security. (MCC Photo/Matthew Lester)