November 2, 2020
By Janice Biehn
Unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, ON) – Canadian churches and faith-based organizations under For the Love of Creation have launched two programs to increase dialogue on climate change as part of its faith-based campaign to help Canada transition to net zero by 2050.
For the Love of Creation’s Faithful Climate Conversations aim to create space for supportive, values-based conversations on climate change that motivate people of faith to take action. Through a series of three guides, hosts and facilitators will be equipped and supported to lead structured discussions on climate change with friends, family, colleagues, and members of their faith community. Inspired by ClimateFast’s Kitchen Table Climate Conversation initiative, these conversations are intended to raise awareness on climate change, move people from concern to action and help build consensus on what needs to happen to achieve net-zero in Canada by 2050.
To support public dialogue on climate change, For the Love of Creation launches a Fall Online Forum today, with a series of hour-long sessions, being offered every Monday in November starting at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. Open to everyone, the themed forums are:
- Communicating Climate Change (November 2)
- Advocating for Climate Justice (November 9)
- Grieving, Healing and Connecting with Creation (November 16)
- Creation Care: A Letter of the Faithful (November 23)
- Climate Action Now! (November 30).
PWRDF is pleased to be part of a growing list of national faith bodies and faith-based organizations that have come together to make a meaningful contribution to address the climate crisis in the next decade. The initiative engages people individually and in community in a climate conversation centred around theological reflection, local engagement, and political advocacy. Coordination of this initiative has been supported by Citizens for Public Justice and KAIROS Canada.
Since its launch on Earth Day 2020, For the Love of Creation developed an e-petition to the federal government that called for a just recovery to the pandemic, one that prioritized action on the climate crisis and Indigenous rights. The petition collected 2,500 signatures, and its sponsor, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York, will deliver it to the House of Commons this week.
For the Love of Creation builds on a long history of engagement by Canadian churches and faith-based organizations in ecological conservation, environmental activism, and advocacy for climate justice. Indigenous Peoples have long reminded us of the interconnectedness of all creation. Faith organizations understand the importance of respecting this interconnectedness as we speak to this moment through our values and collective action. Faith organizations are also attuned to the young voices in our midst who are leading the way in showing the urgency of the climate situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted people, amplifying economic, political, cultural, and social fissures and shown how government and societies can change quickly when convinced of the need. For the Love of Creation is an active and growing voice for collective and immediate action.
The Anglican Church of Canada, through Primate and Archbishop Linda Nicholls and National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Mark MacDonald, has endorsed For the Love of Creation. Other organizations are:
- 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
- Interfaith Council on Climate Action (Réligions pour la Paix Quebec);
- Jesuit Forum for Social Change
- KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
- Mennonite Central Committee Canada
- The Presbyterian Church in Canada
- 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
- United Church of Canada
For more information, visit www.fortheloveofcreation.ca.