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Greening Sacred Spaces Certification Program

Green Living Ottawa / Katherine Forster / 09 December 2016

The Greening Sacred Spaces Certification program recognizes, celebrates and motivates faith communities who demonstrate commitment in the care of the environment through action. This program helps you celebrate when you’ve accomplished a certain number of tasks and it provides ideas of how to keep moving forward in your greening efforts. It is a series of checklists that help identify specific tasks that can be taken on and once 10 or more tasks have been completed, a certificate is issued to celebrate the faith community’s success! It’s a tool that can help give those who are working to improve their building and property that extra boost!


Islamic declaration turns up heat

IPS News / Kitty Stapp / 19 August 2015

muftiFollowing in the footsteps of Pope Francis, who has taken a vocal stance on climate change, Muslim leaders and scholars from 20 countries issued a joint declaration Tuesday underlining the severity of the problem and urging governments to commit to 100 percent renewable energy or a zero emissions strategy.

Notably, it calls on oil-rich, wealthy Muslim countries to lead the charge in phasing out fossil fuels “no later than the middle of the century.”

The call to action, which draws on Islamic teachings, was adopted at an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul.

“Our species, though selected to be a caretaker or steward (khalifah) on the earth, has been the cause of such corruption and devastation on it that we are in danger ending life as we know it on our planet,” the Islamic Declaration on Climate statement says.


Canada falls far short of Pope Francis’ call for ecological justice

KAIROS / Policy Briefing Paper No. 42 / July 2015

March through RomeLaudato Si (Praise Be), On Care for our Common Home, has been the most anticipated and commented upon papal encyclical in history. Writing in his straightforward style, Pope Francis addresses climate change in the context of a globalized economy that is threatening the Earth’s capacity to sustain life while creating “tragic effects of environmental degradation in the lives of the world’s poorest.” Leaders from many other faiths have endorsed the Pope’s urgent call for action on climate change.

This Briefing Paper will assess Canadian policies in light of Pope Francis’ call for ecological justice.


Faith communities need to get on the bus

OSEA / Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko

I remember when I first started working with the Hamilton faith community through Environment Hamilton, about five years ago.

We had a volunteer who was instrumental in establishing that first contact and helping us build relationships by screening Al Gore’s “An inconvenient Truth,” followed by a presentation on climate change.

He did this for a couple of years but, at one point, got so frustrated with what he perceived as a lack of significant action from this community that he took it upon himself to reprimand them by writing a testy email saying, “What are you doing for climate and climate justice?”

Well, he apologized for the letter but the message had been sent out. Like it or not, there it was, demanding consideration.

Some faith members were offended. Others used this email as motivation to act.


The moral imperative for urgent action

The Guardian / Stephanie Kirchgaessner / 18 June 2018

The pope’s 180-page encyclical on the environment, released on Thursday, is at its core a moral call for action on phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

But it is also a document infused with an activist anger and concern for the poor, casting blame on the indifference of the powerful in the face of certain evidence that humanity is at risk following 200 years of misuse of resources.

Up to now, he says, the world has accepted a “cheerful recklessness” in its approach to the issue, lacking the will to change habits for the good of the Earth.


It’s about love, and it’s time we said so

The Guardian / George Monbiot / 16 June 2015

monbiot-natureWho wants to see the living world destroyed? Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the falcon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap? Who wants to see the soil stripped from the land, the sea rimed with rubbish?

No one. And yet it happens. Seven billion of us allow fossil fuel companies to push shut the narrow atmospheric door through which humanity stepped. We permit industrial farming to tear away the soil, banish trees from the hills, engineer another silent spring. We let the owners of grouse moors, 1% of the 1%, shoot and poison hen harriers, peregrines and eagles. We watch mutely as a small fleet of monster fishing ships trashes the oceans.

Why are the defenders of the living world so ineffective? It is partly, of course, that everyone is complicit; we have all been swept off our feet by the tide of hyperconsumption, our natural greed excited, corporate propaganda chiming with a will to believe that there is no cost. But perhaps environmentalism is also afflicted by a deeper failure: arising possibly from embarrassment or fear, a failure of emotional honesty.


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