Ecological Justice

For the Love of Creation faith-in-action campaign

May 11, 2021

Join For the Love of Creation‘s faith-in-action campaign, which mobilizes people across Canada to reduce household GHG emissions and demonstrate support for increased federal climate action.  The campaign launched on February 17, 2021 (Ash Wednesday) and will run until October 4, 2021 (the Feast of St. Francis of…

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KAIROS’ response to federal budget 2021

May 4, 2021

Heralded as a shift from the Washington Consensus, a doctrine of free-market economic policies that prioritizes austerity over social support, Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience outlines $101.4 billion in new spending targeted at those who were hit hard by pandemic – specifically women. While KAIROS applauds the shift to greater social…

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The gendered impacts of the mining industry in Brazil

April 29, 2021

The impacts of the mining industry in Brazil are best known by the two major tailing dam bursts that took place in Mariana (2015) and Brumadinho (2019) in the state of Minas Gerais. These human-made disasters took the life of hundreds of people and caused massive environmental destruction. However, well before these breaches, the mining industry had been a source of afflictions and human rights…

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First climate change lawsuit in Ecuador

April 19, 2021

La versión en español de este blog sigue a continuación.  The following is a summary and update from Ivonne Yánez of Acción Ecológica (Ecuador) on the status of the first climate change lawsuit to be heard in Ecuador. Acción Ecológica is a KAIROS global partner.   Acción Ecológica, together with the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT),…

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Earth Week 2021

April 18, 2021

The theme of Earth Day this year is Restore Our Earth.  The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have painfully reminded us about the impacts of human behaviour that break down natural systems and threaten the lives of so many species, including humans. …

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IPMSDL hosts third Women Resisting Extractivism Film Night

April 13, 2021

KAIROS would like to thank the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL) for hosting the April Session of the Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club.  Over seventy people joined the evening to watch the documentaries Ground Zero and Imaset, which were introduced by Beverly Longid through video. And listen…

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World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water

March 19, 2021

The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water.  In naming this theme, the UN affirmed that “water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.” Water has inherent value in…

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Local delegation to deliver global Anglican leaders petition, March 8, to Vancouver mining company

March 7, 2021

Anglican Bishops worldwide urge ReconAfrica to halt oil drilling in sensitive Kavango Basin, Namibia What  A small delegation representing KAIROS Canada will attempt to deliver a petition on behalf of 34 Anglican Bishops worldwide to mining company, ReconAfrica (Reconnaissance Energy Africa Ltd.) at its Vancouver headquarters on March 8 urging it…

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Statement from KAIROS BC-Yukon on Site C Dam

March 4, 2021

“The decision violates Indigenous peoples’ rights, represents a blatant disregard for reconciliation, and ignores the fact the project is economically unsound and environmentally harmful.”  KAIROS Statement on Site C Dam, Dec. 14, 2017 February 26, 2021, was a sad day for…

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Tell Canada’s leaders to redress environmental racism

March 2, 2021

A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230) was introduced in the House of Commons on February 26, 2020, by Lenore Zann, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester, and moved forward to second reading on December 8, 2020. The debate at second…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club: March 16, 7PM EST

February 28, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00pm EST for the second installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   Hosted by members of the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, Nancy Fuentes…

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KAIROS continues to call for corporate accountability

February 25, 2021

The Government of Canada has concealed from the public a report outlining how it can grant the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise (CORE) the autonomy and powers to investigate allegations of human rights abuses at the overseas operations of Canada-based companies. Global News reported…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Faith groups unite for Canadian climate advocacy campaign

February 18, 2021

For the Love of Creation’s faith-in-action campaign will run until October 2021  Unceded Algonquin Territory [Ottawa, ON]: February 17, 2021—A coalition of 35 Canadian churches and faith-based organizations have come together for an unprecedented, months-long campaign of personal environmental action coupled with federal climate advocacy.  For the Love of…

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KAIROS 2021 Wish List

February 3, 2021

As Canada continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that we are in a ‘kairos’ moment. In that spirit, KAIROS Canada wishes the following in 2021…  That the Canadian government, provinces and territories: Work with Indigenous family members and survivors, gender-diverse people, and Indigenous…

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Trailblazer: Fridays for Future Canada

January 27, 2021

“I show up to strike, because I am steadfast in my belief that we will achieve a just and equitable world.”   Aminah Attar, FFFTO  In August 2018, in the weeks leading up to a Swedish election, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg started a school…

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Acción Ecológica files climate change lawsuit in Ecuador

December 14, 2020

On International Human Rights Day, Acción Ecológica, KAIROS partner organization in Ecuador, and a consortium of organizations and groups filed a lawsuit before the Ecuadorian state. The lawsuit claims that the oil refinement process contributes to climate change, which has local and global consequences. In particular, the lawsuit denounces Chinese transnational oil…

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Tell your MP to support climate action in pandemic recovery

December 11, 2020

KAIROS Canada has endorsed For the Love of Creation, a faith-based initiative for climate justice and a just recovery from the pandemic. This summer, the initiative collected 2,500 signatures on an e-petition that calls the Government of Canada to:  Commit to reducing Canadian GHG emissions by 60…

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Op Ed: Canadian LNG is full of hot air

December 11, 2020

LNG development will prevent Canada from meeting its emissions reduction targets.  Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is lauded as a transition fuel, a replacement for coal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming. The Canadian government has gone so…

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For the Love of Creation – Fall Online Forum

December 3, 2020

This past month, For the Love of Creation (FLC) hosted a Fall Online Forum series every Monday evening.  This series was an opportunity for the members of For the Love of Creation, including KAIROS to introduce the work of this climate justice initiative…

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Faithful Climate Conversations bring the power to change to you

December 2, 2020

In April of this year KAIROS joined with a group of more than 30 Canadian organizations to launch “For the Love of Creation,” a faith-based climate justice initiative. In November, For the Love of Creation introduced a series of conversation guides titled “Faithful Climate Conversations.” These three conversation…

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Take action before Dec 30! Protect human rights defenders in the Philippines

December 2, 2020

There is less than a month left to sign!  The petition ends on Dec 30, 2020.  If you are a Canadian citizen,  please sign and encourage others to do so as well. For more details on the petition. KAIROS encourages you…

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Bill C-12: Federal government must ramp up climate action before 2030

December 1, 2020

On November 19, the Trudeau government introduced Bill C-12, which would make Canada’s commitment to getting to net-zero emissions by 2050 legally binding.  The “Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act” would require the government to set targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions targets and report annually on progress on…

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Host a Faithful Climate Conversation in your community

November 27, 2020

In April of this year KAIROS joined with a group of more than 30 Canadian organizations to launch For the Love of Creation, a faith-based climate justice initiative. In November, For the Love of Creation introduced a series of conversation guides titled “Faithful Climate Conversations.” These three conversation…

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Letter to the Editor: Industry not being realistic about oil and gas emissions

October 23, 2020

Re: “Majority of Canadians support our natural gas and oil sector, says CAPP,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 12, p. 22). Pointing to a recent poll, the head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers writes that Canadians believe that the…

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Just transformation needed now: KAIROS responds to the 2020 Speech from the Throne

September 30, 2020

The Government of Canada addressed the pandemic – “our generation’s crossroad” – and how it plans to “build back better” in the much-anticipated Speech from the Throne on September 23. The speech touched on racism, gender and income inequality, the environmental crisis, dislocation, and the struggles facing Indigenous and global communities.   While the government addressed each issue separately, they intersect and are amplified by a pandemic that exacerbates human…

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Climate Action Month wrap up

September 30, 2020

Today we wrap up the second annual Climate Action Month.  For the last 30 days, we have reflected, gained new understanding, amplified voices, lamented, celebrated, and taken collective action to address the climate crisis.  The content, events, and actions that KAIROS shared this month were intended…

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Canada’s climate-stressed watersheds

September 29, 2020

In 2017, WWF-Canada completed a national assessment of Canada’s 25 major watersheds, which contain a total of 167 sub-watersheds. The assessment identified priority actions to ensure all waters in Canada are in good ecological condition by 2025.  The reports look at threat indicators such as…

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Watersheds are lifeboats

September 28, 2020

As we experience impacts of climate change like drought, flooding, extreme weather, and more, remembering Brock Dolman’s words, “Your watershed is your lifeboat,” can be instructive.  When we place these impacts in the context of our local watersheds, we see how they impact everything from habitat, to…

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