The president of the Royal Society of Canada described humankind as "a wasteful killer and a despoiler of other life on the planet," a view he said was "licensed by a belief that our use of the Earth's resources is God-given, and encouraged by an economic system that emphasizes short-term profit as a benefit" (Planet Under Stress, foreword). However many people of faith recognize stewardship and accountability, that "the Earth is the Lord's," a radically different approach.
September 2015 "Faith Communities Speak Out" Canadian Council of Churches statement
- Sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 4 November with the following covering letter from the CCOC
- On 18 August 2015, the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, meeting in Istanbul, issued a declaration which calls for a 100% switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2050. More details here..
- On 18 June 2015, Pope Francis issued his long-awaited encyclical on climate change and the environment. Read or download Laudato Si' on the Vatican website in English (other languages also available, as are PDF downloads.)
- See our latest Fact Sheet: Climate Change: Crisis, Challenge, and Hope, 14 July 2011
- Download the paper "Climate Change and the Gospel" by the Rt Rev David Atkinson for Operation Noah (UK), January 2014
"The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong."
- Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration, Church of The Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square beside the Eaton Centre, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm; Bishop Mark MacDonald presiding. Download poster here
- Intercessions for the United Nations Climate Summit, 21-22 September 2014
- Anglican and Lutheran leaders share pastoral message on climate change, September 2014
- Green Awakening Network, Toronto, 24 March 2013
- Together in Faith: Working for Action on Climate Change with Kirsty Duncan MP, 12 May 2012: link to event poster.
- Can faith communities change the climate? Meeting in Ottawa, 23 October 2011 with panelists Mardi Tindal, Sen. Grant Mitchell, and Lauryn Drainie: link to poster and agenda.
- The Canadian Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Justice was signed by 26 faith leaders on 25 October 2011. Download it here in English or French.
World Religions Summit
United Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada
Members of the Anglican Church of Canada have asked their church for reflection and action on climate change and encourage members of other faith communities to do so as well. Letters and replies will be posted.
Toronto Synod on 13-14 November 2015:
- Notice of motion in support of efforts by the diocese to divest from environmenally damaging resource industries
- Backgrounder to divestment motion
- Letters to Stephen Harper and Barack Obama from Anglicans concerned about climate change, Feb. 18, 2013
- Vigil for Planet Earth", Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:30 pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, Eaton Centre
- Handout on environmental and governance issues from Saugeen Ojibway Nation (pdf), forwarded by Bishop Mark MacDonald, national aboriginal bishop
- Submission to the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel by Canon Ken Gray; Victoria, January 7, 2013
- Open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from Anglicans concerned about climate change, 29 August 2011
- Sign the Anglican Manifesto
- Letter to the House of Bishops, Anglican Church of Canada December 15, 2006
- Under the Sun, a publication of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
- Statement to Synod of the Diocese of Toronto, 3-5 May 2007
- Letter to the House of Bishops, Anglican Church of Canada December 12, 2007
- 2007 Environment Justice Camp May 13th to the 19th, 2007 Victoria, BC, Canada
- General Synod resolution, June 2010
- Report on Toronto Diocesan Synod, November 2011
- Bulletin insert for Earth Sunday 2012 (pdf), from St Peter's Carlton St, Toronto
- New Westminster Diocesan Synod resolution on Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and excluding investments in involved companies, May 2012
- Letter to Most Rev. Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, June 2010
- Church and Earth 2009-2016. The Church of England’s seven-year plan on climate change and the environment, May 2011
- AnglicanNews.org, Nov 2014. Diocese of Oxford to divest from fossil fuel companies
Here is a (beginning) list of resources from faith communities from large bodies like the World Council of Churches to local parishes. Please send further examples, from all faith groups, for posting.
- World Council of Churches, Moving Beyond Kyoto: With Equity, Justice and Solidarity, study document
- Ecology and Theology Working Group, Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, Renewing our Relationship with the Earth: A Guide, What You and Your Church Can Do
- Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
- Sensible Creatures
- Canadian Forum on Religion and Ecology
- Evangelical Environmental Network & Creation Care Magazine
- http://www.aip.org/history/climate/bib.htm A historical bibliography on climate change
- Toolan, David S.J. At Home in the Cosmos. Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2003.
- An overview of the dialogue between religion and science on the issue of environmental degradation
- Hengeveld, Henry. Creation-care and the Atmosphere.Creation Care. 30 (Fall 2005). Introduces the idea of creation capital
- Simms, Andrew. Ecological debt: the health of the planet and the wealth of nations. London: Pluto Press, 2005.
- Faith and the Common Good www.faith-commongood.net
- Ecological Buddhism www.ecobuddhism.org
- Faith leaders - tackling climate change is a "moral imperative" - statement of faith leaders October 30, 2009