Archive for 2020

Sacrifice Zones

September 23, 2020

Given the onset of nearly irreversible climate change, the irony is that many areas of the Global South where people have contributed substantially less to greenhouse gas emissions are comparatively more impacted. This inequality is linked to environmental racism and…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

#ICantBreathe and Environmental Racism in Ecuador

September 23, 2020

The death of George Floyd in the US has once again demonstrated that racism plays a prominent role in the dominant system and that its violence and cruelty can reach unimaginable limits. The incident quickly led to a wave of…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights

KAIROS Blanket Exercise Teaching & Sharing Circles: registration is open

September 22, 2020

‘Building Positive Relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Peoples’ Led by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers with extensive experience facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), these interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue. Based in an Indigenous-world view and using Indigenous teachings and protocols,…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Gender based impacts of resource extraction and climate change

September 22, 2020

In addition to its impacts on the climate, large-scale resource extraction disproportionately impacts women, perpetuates violence and puts at risk women who mobilize to protect the land and water from these projects. KAIROS works with partners in Canada and the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

On International Day of Peace, KAIROS joins network in calling for Peace in South Sudan

September 21, 2020

KAIROS joins members of the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS) and partners of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in calling international attention to the urgent need for peace in South Sudan. The ENSS has released a statement on the International Day of Peace, September 21st which describes the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Climate-induced displacement

September 21, 2020

Global climate justice week begins with climate displacement. It is anticipated that by 2050, there will be 143 million people displaced by climate change. An estimated 37% of the global population lives in coastal communities, which are at significant risk…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Demanding climate action in the Speech from the Throne

September 20, 2020

On September 23, the federal government will deliver the Speech from the Throne. This is an essential moment for the federal government to announce its plans to scale up climate action and build resilience for Canadian communities and economies. This week, KAIROS joins hundreds of organizations and individuals sending messages to Prime…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Intro to Global Climate Justice Week

September 20, 2020

This week, Climate Action Month looks at climate justice issues on a global scale. The impacts of climate change are not borne equally or fairly. “Climate change is happening now and to all of us. No country or community is…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

The Arctic – the Inuit

September 19, 2020

Today we look to the north to share the experiences of the Inuit, who are facing climate change most acutely. At the end of July, the last intact ice shelf in Canada collapsed. Located on the northwestern coast of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, the Milne Ice Shelf…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS signs Unity Statement calling on UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the Philippines

September 18, 2020

 “We will bear witness, and we will keep watch.”   This is the central message of the Unity Statement for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in the Philippines, signed by KAIROS and several international church organizations and institutions.   This statement supports the recommendations of the United Nations High…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Indigenous youth

September 18, 2020

There are some incredible Indigenous youth rising up and using their voices to address the climate crisis.  In 2018, Autumn Peltier, member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation on Manitoulin Island, stood before the UN General Assembly and told the world to “warrior up” and take a stand for the planet. Ta’Kaiya Blaney,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Spirited Reflection: Love is the Revolution

September 17, 2020

This reflection is dedicated to the late Rev. Jim Kirkwood who modeled and lived a life of Revolutionary Love. During our weekly Wednesday morning staff meetings, my boss Rob Dalgleish often throws a fist in the air and emphatically and syllabically…

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Sovereign Seeds, food security & COVID 19

September 17, 2020

Across the world, Indigenous communities are steadily moving towards food sovereignty, in harmony with the reclamation and healing of seed rematriation. Today, we learn about this movement through the work of Sovereign Seeds, an Indigenous-led network dedicated to supporting Indigenous seed sovereignty and ancestral food relationships. …

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS condemns surge in violence and massacres in Colombia

September 16, 2020

KAIROS joins several civil society organizations in Canada including human rights, labour, and church groups in supporting the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America’s (CDHAL) solidarity statement published earlier this week condemning the surge in violence and the massacres that have swept both urban and rural regions of Colombia in recent weeks.   The intensification of violence in…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights

Environmental racism

September 16, 2020

Environmental racism is the term for policies, practices, institutions, decisions, and laws that discriminate against communities where the majority of residents are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour by harming the air, land, water, biodiversity — or people’s ability to…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Call for stronger climate action (sign e-petition)

September 15, 2020

As people of faith, called to love and care for all creation, we feel that it is important to speak into the current moment, shaped by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency. That is why For the Love of…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, September 14- 21.

September 15, 2020

Join us in educating, advocating, strengthening solidarity and praying for an end to the occupation and a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Through our joint work, we are also correcting injustice suffered, affirming the rights of the marginalized and…

Post filed in: Middle East

Indigenous women on the frontlines

September 15, 2020

Today Climate Action Month recognizes the crucial role that Indigenous women land and water defenders play for the environment and all who depend on it. Women land defenders speak up to defend the air, land and water and do so to protect their rights, the wellbeing of…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

UN Declaration and climate justice

September 14, 2020

Yesterday (September 13) marked the anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in 2007.  The UN Declaration protects collective rights that may not be addressed in other…

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National implementation of UNDRIP is more urgent than ever

September 13, 2020

Anniversary of the Global Adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly 13 years ago, on September 13th 2007, as a global minimum standard to address widespread, severe, and systemic violations of the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Introduction to Indigenous rights week

September 13, 2020

This week, Climate Action Month explores a critical pillar of climate justice: Indigenous rights.  Honouring Indigenous rights means upholding Indigenous peoples’ title and sovereignty and the rights to self-determination and free, prior, and informed consent.  We’ll explore how these rights…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

How do we get to net-zero?

September 12, 2020

In December 2019, the federal government made a commitment to develop a plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.  Net zero is achieved when we can significantly reduce our carbon emissions and any remaining emissions are completely offset by actions…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Indigenous curriculum key to Reconciliation in Canada

September 11, 2020

In 2018, KAIROS was encouraged by progress made by provincial and territorial governments in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s Call to Action 62.i (Education for Reconciliation).   That year, Alberta received a grade of Excellent in “Public Commitment” and Good for “Implementation” from KAIROS’ Education for Reconciliation (E4R) Report Card.   However, like others in…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Resource extraction and renewable energy

September 11, 2020

We often use the terms “clean energy” and “renewable energy” interchangeably, but renewable energy isn’t always clean.  In the race to scale up renewable energy technology, the demand of minerals like lithium, cobalt, copper, and nickel is also on the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

The Climate Witness Project

September 10, 2020

Have you ever asked, “What could I or my congregation possibly do about climate change?” If so, you’re not alone.  The Climate Witness Project is a grassroots network of faith communities who take action on climate change with public policy…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

A Green and Just Recovery

September 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted every aspect of our lives. The pandemic has laid bare the interconnectedness of the global economic and ecological crises.  Uncontrolled resource extraction, deforestation, infrastructure development and the exploitation of wild species have created perfect…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

LNG is not a transition fuel

September 8, 2020

In the shift away from coal-fired power and other dirty fossil fuels, gas has been promoted as the affordable transition fuel that can help bridge the gap to widespread clean energy. While gas may have fewer emissions than coal, the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Canada’s Climate Fair Share

September 7, 2020

The Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change acknowledge the importance of equity in implementing a global response to the climate crisis. This recognizes that while addressing climate change is a shared responsibility of all countries,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice