Climate Action: From the Personal to the Political
As the global community looks towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, people continue to raise awareness and seek political change at the personal, local and national levels. And KAIROS is a part of that.
KAIROS Asia-Pacific Partnerships coordinator Connie Sorio and Executive Director Jennifer Henry both participated in Fast for the Climate, a global movement of personal action for climate justice. As Connie explained of her decision to fast on February 28: “Today I consider my fast both a political and spiritual action. I am a practicing Christian. As Psalm 35:13-14 says, I am fasting to grieve for my friends, brothers and sisters in the Philippines, in the Pacific, in Canada and around the world who have survived and are facing extreme weather calamities such as the Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in 2013.”
Leaders from KAIROS member churches also participating in the fast include Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada ; the Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop; and Mardi Tindal, Immediate Past Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
You can participate as well – visit Fast for the Climate to find out how.
There will also be an opportunity to offer public witness and advocate for climate justice on April 11, just before Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders meet in the Council of the Federation to discuss one item: climate change. On April 11, join in the Act on Climate March.
KAIROS is joining many other faith, environmental, and community organizations to support a peaceful march calling for an end to the expansion of the tar sands and pipelines system and the beginning of a sustainable renewable energy future for Canada and the world.
To learn more, and find out how you can participate, visit Act on Climate March today!