Ecological Justice

Letter to the editor: Coal calculations

May 5, 2017

Re B.C.’s Clark To Target Thermal Coal Regardless Of U.S. Softwood Outcome (May 4): Christy Clark’s attacks on thermal-coal exports through B.C. in the name of fighting climate change are hypocritical, given her support for exporting liquefied natural gas. Yes,…

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May is a month of action for mining justice

May 4, 2017

Through the Open for Justice campaign, KAIROS and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability network continue to call for an independent ombudsperson to investigate human rights violations and environmental damage from Canadian mining companies in the Global South, as well…

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NEW Briefing Paper: Fossil fuel projects at odds with actions on climate and Indigenous rights

April 25, 2017

This Briefing Paper will first evaluate the progress being made in Canada to reduce green-house gas (GHG) emissions in light of the goals set by the Paris climate conference. It will then examine how recently approved fossil fuel infra-structure projects…

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We owe it to Indigenous peoples everywhere – to support their call for “our land, our rights, our peace.”

April 20, 2017

Nenita Condez is small in stature and pregnant with her third child. She is also courageous and defiant. This tiny mother is leading her Subanen people in the struggle to defend their ancestral land in the southern Philippines, where a…

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NAFTA renegotiations must be done through the lens of climate change

April 20, 2017

Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. A draft letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Congress outlining renegotiation objectives, which was leaked on March 30, reveals…

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Spirited Reflection: One blue world – art & healing

April 18, 2017

In this Earth Day reflection I explore environment, art and healing. The image of my painting One Blue World (2004), was a prayer for water. The 2003 Iraq war was in the news everyday as I started painting. I couldn’t…

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Q & A with Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur, ‘living contemplatively in the universe’

April 13, 2017

Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur lives with intent, focusing on “growing into being more fully human.” After decades doing peace work, seeking truth and reconciliation for Canada’s indigenous people, and in short-term healing work with communities in Rwanda and the Democratic…

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Championing peace by making Canadian corporations accountable

April 13, 2017

Can Canada champion world peace while simultaneously supporting Canadian extractive companies that are accused of human and ecological rights violations? This question is of course rhetorical. Yet despite its stated interest in becoming more engaged in international peace and security,…

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Philippine leaders in Canada: Listen. Believe. Act.

March 23, 2017

Press Conference in Ottawa Watch the video below.

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How Canada can better its brand in the Philippines

March 22, 2017

Communities in the Philippines would benefit from the appointment of an independent extractive-sector ombudsperson to monitor Canadian mining operations overseas. Canadian mining companies are often the face of Canada in the Global South. For those affected by these companies, this…

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Philippine delegation presses Canada for mining justice and leadership in peace process

March 14, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress, Anglican Bishop and Indigenous activists (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process…

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Itinerary for Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto

March 8, 2017

Delegation members include: Bishop Antonio Ablon, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican), Zamboanga del Sur Carlos Zarate, Member of Philippine Congress (Bayan Muna PartyList); Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources; Vice-Chair, House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Anie Bautista, National Coordinator, Ecumenical…

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International Earth Hour: March 25, 2017

February 24, 2017

The following is intended to help congregations, parishes, and other groups observe, in prayer and worship, international Earth Hour on the fourth or fifth Saturday of March. The purpose of Earth Hour is to call attention to the beauty and…

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Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace: Philippines leaders visit Canada, March 20-April 5

February 24, 2017

Filipino Delegation to appeal for Open for Justice and support for peace process, March 20 – April 5                          KAIROS is hosting a five-person delegation from the Philippines, March…

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How farmers can fight climate change and hunger

February 15, 2017

Can improved agricultural practices help fight both climate change and hunger? Yes, according to one the world’s most esteemed climate scientists. In fact, when meting out money for mitigating climate change, Canada should prioritize supporting small family farming. James Hansen,…

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Letter to the Editor: First, it’s our oil

January 26, 2017

  Given the urgent need to transition to a clean energy economy, rather than convincing Donald Trump “to consider Canadian oil as U.S. oil,” Justin Trudeau should tell Mr. Trump that Canada will allocate its remaining reserves of conventional oil…

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GREAT NEWS! Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment does not close Acción Ecológica

January 13, 2017

GREAT NEWS! Yesterday the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment decided not to grant the request to close Acción Ecológica. National and international pressure was key.  Dearest friends, We want to publicly acknowledge the thousands of letters, embraces and messages that we…

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Concern for KAIROS Partner Acción Ecológica

December 23, 2016

Acción Ecológica is a well respected partner of KAIROS, in Ecuador.  On December 23, 2016, KAIROS  wrote to the President of Ecuador asking for a halt to a Ministry of the Interior process that would withdraw the legal status of…

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New briefing paper: We can fight climate change and hunger at the same time

December 13, 2016

While droughts and warming temperatures are exacerbating global hunger, scientists are showing that it is possible to simultaneously fight food insecurity and climate change. The most recent KAIROS Briefing Paper describes how farming practices that capture carbon dioxide and store…

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KAIROS response to federal government decisions on pipeline projects

November 30, 2016

KAIROS is dismayed with the federal government’s decision to approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, as announced by Prime Minister Trudeau on November 29. This decision is incompatible with the government’s commitment to respect and implement the UN…

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On leaving Marrakesh: Reflections on the climate road ahead

November 29, 2016

Flying through the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina on a motorbike as the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) UN Climate Change Conference  came to a close in Marrakesh, Morocco, I found it an apt analogy to…

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Faith leaders offer support to Canadian delegation at COP22

November 16, 2016

Assurance of prayers and support for the Canadian participants in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) Marrakech, Nov 7-18, 2016

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Fish, not oil – Oilwatch Africa Annual General Assembly 2016 

November 11, 2016

The Oilwatch Africa network resists the negative impacts of the oil and gas industry, builds solidarity among the peoples of the Global South, and supports national and regional organizations to act at the local level and collaborate at the international…

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Canada needs an Ombudsperson: Take ACTION for mining justice

November 7, 2016

KAIROS is campaigning to make Canada a global leader in corporate accountability. Now, we are on the cusp of a major breakthrough. And this is where you come in! On November 2, KAIROS and our partners in the Canadian Network…

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KAIROS supports Indigenous peoples’ demands to stop flooding behind Muskrat Falls hydro dam

October 26, 2016

KAIROS has signed on to a letter in solidarity with the Inuit, Innu and non-Indigenous people of Labrador calling on the federal government to review and revoke permits for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. At issue are permits that would…

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New Briefing Paper: Prime Minister facing moment of truth on Indigenous rights

October 17, 2016

On both sides of the Canada-U.S. border Indigenous peoples are increasing pressure on governments to respect their right to free, prior and informed consent. Recent decisions to allow the Site C dam on the Peace River and an LNG terminal…

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Help us make mining justice a reality

October 17, 2016

Three years ago, in October 2013, KAIROS launched the Open for Justice campaign with our advocacy partners in the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA).  If successful, the campaign will support people impacted by the overseas operations of Canadian mining,…

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Short animated primer on Fracking

October 11, 2016

In February, 2015, KAIROS issued a discussion paper entitled “Ethical Reflections on Fracking” that employs an ethical framework to explore major issues raised by the practice of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of shale oil and natural gas. We are…

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