Ecological Justice

Trailblazer: Earth Quaker Action Team

June 21, 2018

Local green energy, unlocked by local green jobs by Rachael Warriner: performers with Hardwork Movement at a youth-led action. Is climate change a huge crisis or a huge opportunity?  Some Pennsylvania community activists are answering: “Both, if we want it…

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Trailblazer: The Great Climate Race

May 9, 2018

Environmental campaigner Ben West and his partner Mari McMillan initiated The Great Climate Race because they believed in encouraging people to make a difference.  West’s personal experience of running gave him an idea for helping people to connect to the issue…

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KAIROS joins Burnaby Mountain Trans Mountain pipeline protest, April 28

April 25, 2018

KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry to stand in solidarity with members of T’sleil-Waututh, faith leaders and people of faith (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada’s Executive Director, Jennifer Henry, will join members of Tsleil Waututh, faith leaders and other people of…

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KAIROS Statement: Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

April 25, 2018

KAIROS is honoured to have been invited by members of Tsleil-Waututh to stand with them and alongside other faith leaders and people of faith in defence of the lands, waters, and climate we all share. The faith action planned for…

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Letter to the Editor: First Nations need to be at Trans Mountain negotiating table, says Lorimer

April 23, 2018

Re: “Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to interrupt his foreign trip to help resolve Trans Mountain pipeline expansion issue a step in the right direction,” (The Hill Times, April 16). While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have been right to interrupt his trip to bring B.C. Premier John…

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Spirited Reflection: For the beauty of the earth

April 18, 2018

Glistening pine needles, sunlight dancing; wind through trees, branches flailing wildly; chipmunks scampering over the forest floor; whitecaps whipping across blue waters; greyed white clouds scudding across blue skies; painters’ brush, daisies, poppies in woods and fields; green hills and…

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Spirited Reflection: Revaluing Creation – Looking towards Earth Day

April 9, 2018

Humans put value on Creation based on what it can do for us – how can it feed us? How can we sell it to grow the economy? This attitude – our present development model – has led to the…

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Take Action: Ask Canada to keep its promise to end fossil fuel subsidies

April 6, 2018

Spring into Action before Global leaders meet for the G7 summit in June. Canada is preparing to host world leaders for the G7 summit in June 2018. This is a golden opportunity to call on the Canadian government to demonstrate climate…

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April 22 is Earth Day: Updated Worship Resource

April 5, 2018

The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. Humankind did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever humankind does to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are…

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KAIROS Canada Submission to the Arctic Policy Framework Consultation Process

March 29, 2018

KAIROS Canada made its formal submission to the Arctic Policy Framework Consultation Process on February 28, 2018. This submission comes a year after KAIROS participated in the NGO Roundtable on the Framework, on February 7, 2017. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…

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Spirited Reflection: Renewing our relationship with the watershed

March 13, 2018

Wherever we live, we are part of a watershed. Watersheds are interdependent ecosystems nested within larger ecosystems, which are also watersheds. Tiny creeks and tributaries are nested within the watersheds around Hamilton, which are nested in the larger Great Lakes/St….

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March 22 is World Water Day

March 12, 2018

If people feel a relational connection to the watershed in which they live, it is easier for them to act in an embodied way upon their responsibilities. – Denise Nadeau Wherever we live in creation we are part of a…

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World Day of Prayer 2018 focuses on climate change

March 2, 2018

Photo by Tali Folkins: Beth Lorimer, Ecological Justice Program Coordinator for KAIROS Canada, delivers a reflection at a service for World Day of Prayer 2018 at St. Andrew’s United Church, Toronto, Friday, March 2. Our exploitative attitude toward creation has…

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Trailblazer: Sheila Watt-Cloutier

February 23, 2018

Looking back, Sheila Watt-Cloutier sees connections between her personal struggles as an Inuk girl and her public leadership decades later, addressing the environmental crises that afflicted her people. At the age of ten, when she was sent for schooling away…

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KAIROS’ Ecological Justice Coordinator to deliver climate reflection at World Day of Prayer 2018, March 2 in Toronto

February 22, 2018

(Toronto, ON) – A reflection on the impacts of climate change and actions to preserve Creation for the next generation will be delivered by Beth Lorimer, KAIROS Canada’s Ecological Justice Program Coordinator during the World Day of Prayer 2018 at…

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Water Song: Unlearning colonial geographic boundaries towards alignment with watersheds and reconciliation

January 20, 2018

Nibi, Gizaagi-igo Water, we love you Gimiigwechiwenimigo We thank you Gizhawenimigo We respect you Nibi Nagamowin (The Water Song) by Doreen Day When I first learned the Anishinaabe Water Song, I realized that I had never expressed those sentiments to…

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Trailblazer: The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative

January 16, 2018

Creating an Energy Revolution through Community Investing The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) is a leader in community-financed renewable energy. In realizing its goal to “generate decentralized renewable energy in Eastern Ontario,” it enters into partnerships with property owners, installing…

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Letter to the Editor: Canada won’t make progress on GHGs if expansion of oil sands continues

January 15, 2018

Re:“Trudeau’s biggest challenge over next several years will be to cut GHGs,”(The Hill Times, David Crane, Jan. 8).There is no denying it. Canada will not make progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions if exploration and expansion of the oil sands continues,…

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Letter to the Editor: Canada doesn’t need more pipelines

January 7, 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province’s carbon tax will diversify industry, reduce pollution and help Alberta win approval for pipelines. This thinking will not help Canada meet its climate targets. Although carbon pricing will reduce demand on fossil fuels,…

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COP23 and the Just Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

November 29, 2017

The twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) and UN Climate Change Conference was held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 to November 17. The talks focused on how to maintain momentum from the Paris Agreement and how…

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Federal, Provincial Governments Must Fund Treatment Facility for Mercury Poisoning in Grassy Narrows

November 28, 2017

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, prominent human rights and environmental organizations today are urging the federal and provincial governments to ensure people from the Grassy Narrows First Nation have access to…

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Reconciliation through the lens of our local watersheds

November 6, 2017

This fall, KAIROS brought together close to 200 people in workshops across the country to talk about reconciliation through the lens of our local watersheds. Through a series of presentations, small group discussion, mapping, and active reflection, participants built understanding…

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Open Letter to the Government of British Columbia: Upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples means stopping Site C

November 3, 2017

The Site C dam is a project that should never have been approved. As the British Columbia Utilities Commission has now concluded after a long overdue review of the cost and purpose of this project, completing Site C offers little…

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Trailblazer: Melina Laboucan-Massimo

November 3, 2017

Growing up in a First Nations community in northern Alberta with neither paved roads nor running water, Melina Laboucan-Massimo noticed a pattern. Once young people reached their teenage years many would need to leave the community, either to find jobs…

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Letter to the editor: Clean up pollution now in Indigenous communities

October 26, 2017

Decades of neglect, Oct. 24 The environmental commissioner of Ontario is right to condemn years of inaction by government in addressing toxic pollution in Indigenous communities. The lack of information being provided to communities about their exposure to deadly toxins…

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Water flows, connects and knows no borders

October 25, 2017

I hadn’t realized how maps shape ones perspective of place and in turn how one then relates to that place. On October 14th, I attended a KAIROS event in Halifax on the topic of Reconciliation In Our Watershed. At one…

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Letter to the editor: Locals, women most affected by corporate harm, least heard

October 25, 2017

Re: “House subcommittee hearings on mining in Latin America a public disservice,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 18, p. 15). KAIROS too is alarmed that the voices of people affected by Canadian mining operations have not been heard during the current…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: KAIROS spotlights new economy trailblazers

October 23, 2017

Melina Laboucan-Massimo kicks off blog series on day one of Bonn climate conference (Toronto, On) – On the day U.N. climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany, KAIROS Canada launches a new blog series called, New Economy Trailblazers, showcasing individuals who…

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