Ecological Justice

Jessica’s report after the first week at COP24

December 12, 2018

It’s been an incredibly busy week of tedious negotiations, energizing side events and impactful demonstrations at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report this year showing the significant adverse effects of reaching an…

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Canadian youth speak up at COP24

December 7, 2018

Earlier this morning in Poland, Jessica Steele, one of KAIROS’ delegates to COP24 spoke at a Canadian youth press conference organized by BCCIC.  Jessica spoke of how women, particularly Indigenous women disproportionately bear the brunt of climate impacts and Indigenous…

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Canadian ecumenical community supports women’s participation at COP24

December 3, 2018

Today marks the official start of COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – in Katowice, Poland and Jessica Steele and Georgine Kengne are there representing KAIROS Canada under…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Two women frontline climate activists lend their voice at COP24

December 3, 2018

KAIROS-led delegation is sole Canadian church presence and will participate in new UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (Toronto, ON) – Two women climate activists representing KAIROS Canada under the accreditation of The United Church of Canada are in Katowice, Poland as…

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NEW RESOURCE: Canada’s golden opportunity for a just transition to clean energy

November 30, 2018

KAIROS Media Briefing Papers are written to help inform public discourse on key domestic and foreign issues. Download this resource.

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Trailblazer: Salal + Cedar, a watershed discipleship community

November 7, 2018

While the just transition to a clean energy economy requires new technology and new ways of understanding our planet, it also calls on us to embrace new ways of knowing one another; to living in right relations with each other…

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KAIROS at COP24 in Poland

October 31, 2018

KAIROS is pleased to announce that Jessica Steele and Georgine Kengne will represent KAIROS as United Church accredited delegates to COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland from December 3-14, 2018.  The United Church of Canada (UCC) is the only…

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KAIROS local group promotes mining justice documentary to neighbouring communities

October 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: Here is a fabulous example of the work of the KAIROS network.  Members of the Salmon Arm Ecumenical KAIROS Committee had seen the documentary ‘Flin Flon Flim Flam,’ produced by award-winning investigative journalist John Dougherty, and wanted other…

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Federal Court of Appeal overturns approvals for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

September 14, 2018

  September 5, 2018 “I’m glad today the courts heard the teachings of our culture and our spirit…” Chief Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation KAIROS Canada recognizes the importance of the August 30 Federal Court of Appeal decision to overturn…

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Trailblazer: T’Sou-ke First Nation Solar and Greenhouse Initiatives

September 4, 2018

“In order to achieve sustainability, it needed to embrace traditional values, including deep respect for Mother Earth.” – Chief Planes  In an effort to build a stronger, more sustainable economy the T’Sou-ke First Nation is “setting the table for future…

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Trailblazer: Iron and Earth

July 18, 2018

Towards a Renewable Energy Economy Fossil fuel extraction creates a boom and bust cycle for the economy.  Nowhere is this truer than in Canada, where workers in the oil, gas and coal industry are starting to look to renewable energy…

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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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