Environment

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September 5, 2019

Begin with a place you love. This is the name of the activity I most often use to open ecological justice discussions. Reflecting on a place where they experienced a deep connection with nature, participants are swiftly, and oh-so-gently transported to thick forests, rock outcroppings, or quiet farm lands steeped in love, connection, and memory.

There is something deeply enriching about being out in nature. Bright stars overhead, a warm breeze through the grass, and, if you’re really lucky, the delicious scent of salt water in the air. Yet, as a country where 80 percent of the...

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September 5, 2019

Aidan Legault writes a call for action in support of the upcoming climate strikes. Inaction in no longer an option. Discouraging young climate strikers means ignoring the very real threat that the climate crisis poses to our future.

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September 5, 2019

Gary MacDonald writes about his visit with Kenyan graduates of the Asian Rural Institute and about the ways ARI uses agriculture as a tool to make other community development projects possible around the world.

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The Asian Rural Institute in Japan is helping sustainable agriculture and Christian community go viral around the world.

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Rigoberto Monge, a fisherman in El Salvador, has been to the United States and back. Now he sits in the yard of his home near the Guatemalan border with his wife and daughters. In 2012, Rigoberto left his home and family for the USA. “We had no livelihood,” he

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September 5, 2019

My father was not much of a churchgoer. I still vividly recall him putting dollops of pancake batter onto a sizzling griddle, or devouring the weekend newspaper, on Sunday afternoons when I came home from singing in the local church youth choir. But my father is a deeply spiritual individual. A research scientist by profession, he believed that faith and nature are incredibly intertwined—and we have nothing short of a calling to care for the earth. ...

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Earth Hour—Saturday, March 24, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.—marks its 12th edition this March.

I remember that first gathering in a darkened Church of the Holy Trinity next to the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. We lit candles, we read scriptures and other readings, we signed a pledge to take personal actions to mitigate climate change. KAIROS staff contacted the media and we even got a story in the paper along with photos of darkened landmarks.

Earth Hour is a movement that shines a light on climate action. This movement is supported by the World Wildlife Fund. As...

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September 5, 2019

I’ve been blessed on several occasions to have heard and read the beautifully articulated words of Mardi Tindal, former moderator of The United Church of Canada, as she has reflected on her participation in United Nations (UN) climate conferences. I’ve been inspired by her compassion, her conviction, and her unwavering commitment to hopeful prayer and action in the face of “among the most urgent spiritual and moral challenges of our day.”

I am now just back from the 2017 UN climate conference, COP23, which took place from November 6-18 in Bonn, Germany, under the leadership of...

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September 5, 2019

What does home mean to you?  Does it include a source of clean water? Perhaps a patch of grass or access to parkland?  Does it include safety and security – it will be there day after day to help keep you safe and secure from the elements? Does it mean connection to larger community or neighbourhood? Does it include a source of livelihood?  As people of faith we have affirmed that we live with respect IN creation, that “we cherish and respect the diversity of life and celebrate the beauty of the Earth. For us as members of one family, love and caring are the basis of our relationships with...

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September 5, 2019

Another world is necessary, urgent, and already in the making.

These are the core beliefs of those who attended the 12th World Social Forum (WSF) - a convergence of solutions, energies, and goodwill for the building of another world.

I attended the WSF (August 9–14, Montreal, QC), and also participated in the World Forum on Theology and Liberation (WFTL), a parallel event organized by local ecumenical organizations and attended by people of faith from around the world. We walked together in the WSF’s opening march in support of...