A KAIROS invitation to participate in Earth Hour,
Saturday March 27 2010 from 8:30-9:30PM
KAIROS invites you to participate in Earth Hour 2010 as a symbolic pause to reflect
on our use of fossil fuels, out the impact of our activity on people and ecosystems around the world,
and most importantly, to pledge to make a difference – as individuals, communities, and as a nation.
88 countries and 4,088 cities participated in Earth Hour 2009, ten times more cities than Earth Hour 2008. Among those communities were hundreds of church and community groups. KAIROS received many stories of creative services of reflection and worship that powered down and slowed down in church sanctuaries, backyards under the stars, or at neighbourhood vigils. This resource can also be used for Earth Week, April 18-25 2010. Whatever you choose to do for our Earth as an individual, study group or parish, be sure to let us know and be sure to do something!
What Can I Do to Make a Difference This Earth Hour?1) CELEBRATE!
Hold a service at your church during Earth Hour on Saturday evening.
Observe Earth Hour at home with your family, or as a neighbourhood event.
Use this worship service to introduce Earth Hour into your Sunday church service
You can draw on 'Life is Worth More Than Oil' for your service
and get more organizing ideas from our "Different Kind of Oil Crisis"
(you can download it for free, or order a copy for $6.00 at firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you can't make Earth Hour, try for Earth Week, April 18-25!
2) Let us know about your event!
Contact Campaigns Coordinator Sara Stratton at 1-877-403-8933 x 241 or email@example.com
and we'll post your event on the KAIROS website.
3) Use KAIROS resources:
We have lots available on our Re-energize page >>
Check out Carbon Fast for Lent (2010) >>
Consider purchasing "Our Oil Dilemma: Reflections and Queries" (2009): a collection of stories offering insight into our role in the fossil fuel crisis, inspiration for change, and questions for reflection. This book can be used in your family, youth group, outreach study, bible study, or to stimulate congregational response. 76 pages. Available to order for $10.00 per copy, $6 per copy for orders of 4 or more from firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Dig Deeper!
Contribute to a more equitable global climate:
Reduce your own emissions by taking part in our Re-energize: Time for a Carbon Sabbath campaign.
Our 2009-2010 Creating a Climate for Justice resource has a carbon calculator and lots of great ideas.
Explore the connections between poverty and climate change: Download KAIROS' Connecting Climate Justice and Poverty resource.
Want to bring your church along on the journey?
See if you can get a policy resolution on fossil fuels and climate change passed through your church's structure. When a resolution is adopted by the national structure of the church, it often becomes a point of public policy on which the church will intervene for the common good. Recent examples have included resolutions calling for the cancellation of debts in the Global South or against the use of bottled water.
We can help: contact Campaigns Coordinator Sara Stratton at 1-877-403-8933 x 241
Why Earth Hour and Earth Day?
Our dependence on fossil fuels is fuelling climate change, deepening human rights abuses around the world, and
contributing to conflict and economic inequality. It doesn't have to be this way - a more just and sustainable energy future is possible. But we must act now.
Leading climate scientists assert that that we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to at least 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 to avert global climate disaster. The Canadian government's current targets fall far short of this recommendation, and if unchanged will lead to only a 3% reduction below 1990 levels.
Historically, we in the industrialized North bear responsibility for most greenhouse gas emissions, and we should be first in line to make significant reductions. It's a question of global equity.
Information from Earth Hour Canada organizers is available at http://wwf.ca/earthhour/
Information on Earth Day/ Week 2010, Canada: http://www.earthday.ca/pub/index.php