Archive for November 2011

Durban COP17 — Meeting our Partners

November 30, 2011

By Jim Davis I am ensconced in Durban for the start of the  climate negotiations as an accredited civil society observer with the World Council of Churches (WCC).   I must say, however, that we are all chagrined by the ongoing…

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Beauty and Struggle in Durban

November 29, 2011

I arrived in Durban on Saturday as a delegate to the youth conference Youth for Eco-Justice. The program is hosted by the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation. It brings together youth from around the world who are working on…

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Farmers Cool the Earth

November 28, 2011

One of my most vivid memories from last year’s UN climate conference at Cancún is a banner that said: “Farmers Cool the Earth.” It was strung up at an encampment organized by Via Campesina, a global network of small farmer…

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Reflection for Advent 2 (Isaiah 11:1-10)

November 28, 2011

by Jennifer Henry “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 64:1 Photo by Sara Stratton…

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Attawapiskat First Nation: Background

November 25, 2011

Dr. Elizabeth Blackmore, one of 15 family doctors for the James Bay coast, said at a recent press conference on Attawapiskat, “I often have to remind myself that I am still working in the province of Ontario… From a medical…

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Ecuador’s Oil Struggle: Reflections on an Amazonian Journey

November 25, 2011

In July 2011, KAIROS staff Rachel Warden and Sara Stratton, together with Fort Chipewyan activist George Poitras, travelled to Ecuador to learn more about the impacts of oil exploration on the Indigenous peoples and ecosystems of Ecuador’s Amazon region. The…

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KAIROS marks November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 24, 2011

Along with women’s organizations and movements, partners in Canada and around the world, KAIROS marks November 25, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, with strengthened resolve and a renewed call to end violence against women, support women…

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Reflection for Advent 1 (Isaiah 64: 1-5)

November 21, 2011

by Jennifer Henry “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence…” Isaiah 64:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains…

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Living Courage and strategies for change

November 19, 2011

At each public event, participants have been asked the same question as the speakers: From your experience, what have been the most successful strategies for defending women’s rights and ending violence against women? The discussion has been both rich and…

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An Article on Living Courage by delegate Vernie Yocogan-Diano

November 18, 2011

Living Women’s Courage Against Extractive Industries and for Rights By Vernie Yocogan-Diano Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center 11 November 2011 On the launching of the Canadian Tourism and Hospitality Center on 6 November 2011, Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornlay…

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Déclaration sur la Conférence de l’ONU sur le changement climatique Durban, Afrique du Sud

November 17, 2011

Nous lançons un appel aux fidèles des églises membres de KAIROS et à toutes les personnes de bonne volonté afin qu’ils s’unissent nous pour presser le gouvernement du Canada de défendre les trois objectifs suivants à la Conférence de l’ONU…

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KAIROS Statement on the UN Conference on Climate Change Durban, South Africa

November 17, 2011

We call on the members of our KAIROS churches and all people of good will to join us in urging the government of Canada to champion the following three goals at the November-December 2011 UN Conference on Climate Change at…

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KAIROS Staff head to COP 17, UN Climate Change Conference in Durban

November 17, 2011

Jim Davis and Caroline Foster are imminently heading to Durban COP 17.  John Dillon, who’s staying home, will be following Durban outcomes closely. Amidst the hurly-burly of organizing their departures, KAIROS staffers gave us a sentence (or so) each on…

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KAIROS plays key role in World Council of Churches North American Hearings on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology.

November 15, 2011

From November 6th to 11th, representatives from churches in Canada and the United States, joined by guests from every continent, met in Calgary, Alberta for a consultation convened by the World Council of Churches on issues of poverty, wealth and…

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Policy Briefing Paper #28: Is Durban the world’s last, best hope to avoid climate disaster?

November 13, 2011

“Our Mother Earth is ill. The development model of unlimited economic growth and overconsumption has broken the balance between human beings and the envi-ronment. The current proposals on the table in the nego-tiations are not enough to stop climate change….

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Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change

November 11, 2011

We, representatives of Canadian faith communities, are united in our conviction that the growing crisis of climate change needs to be met by solutions that draw upon the moral and spiritual resources of the world’s religious traditions. We recognize that…

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Chantal Bilulu: la femme doit se mettre debout. Women must stand up

November 9, 2011

Chantal Bilulu, director of women’s and children’s programs at Héritiers de la justice offers this reflection to people of courage: Dans plusieurs pays du monde, la femme est victime des violences de toute genre. C’est pourquoi il est necéssaire que…

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Truth, Reconciliation & Equity Video

November 7, 2011

KAIROS’ opening video for the Truth, Reconciliation & Equity Campaign, focusing on the Roll with the Declaration action on June 20 in Ottawa.

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Global South Expresses Concern about REDD

November 4, 2011

REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is a plan for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions by preserving the world’s forests. KAIROS has examined REDD in the 2010 briefing paper Decisive Action Vital at Cancún Climate Talks. This initiative will…

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