Climate change is the issue of the twenty-first century. It is not one issue among many, but, like the canary in the mine, it is warning us that the way we are living on our planet is causing us to head for disaster.
— Sallie McFague, Vancouver School of Theology
The biblical foundations for creation care unite spirituality with scientific, ecological, and political insights. Through a sense of wonder with creation we are invited to seek God’s will for a flourishing ecological community. In the face of climate change, this need has never been more urgent.
Climate change is already causing the extinction of plant and animal species, the melting of northern glaciers, rising sea levels. As a result, we are now seeing conflict over natural resources, threats to agrarian and fisheries-based livelihoods, large-scale migration, and poverty.
A just transition towards a sustainable economy is needed urgently.
Building on a significant history of environmental engagement, CPJ urges the governments in Canada to adopt better federal climate change policy. Through research, analysis, partnerships, and government engagement, CPJ raises awareness about the urgent need for action. CPJ often works specifically with churches and denominational groups to help them take action on ecological justice. CPJ specializes in providing timely political analysis that often referenced in the media and is well-used by community groups across Canada.
We regularly meet with parliamentarians to provide input on ecological justice issues and legislation. CPJ is a member Climate Action Network Canada, a coalition of more than 100 organizations from across the country working together to advance solutions to managing our carbon pollution through sustainable and equitable development.
The Pembina Institute – a Canadian non-profit, sustainable energy think tank – recognized CPJ's executive director, Joe Gunn as a “Clean Energy Champion.”
In 2017, CPJ launched, Give it up for the Earth!, a Lenten faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada.The campaign is centred on a postcard that includes a pledge to individual climate action, and a call for more far-reaching national climate policy. Give it up for the Earth! signaled to the government that Canadians – especially Canadian Christians – are prepared to make lifestyle changes in order to reduce our GHG emissions. And, that we want our government to match and exceed these actions with policy changes that will move us further and faster towards international climate change goals.
Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by over 0.85°C since the industrial revolution. This is concerning because although earth’s climate has always fluctuated, the rate of climate change has increased dramatically due to human activity as societies have industrialized.
Read the latest research from CPJ to learn more about a public justice perspective on ecological issues.
CPJ’s ecological justice and climate change positions are rooted in an understanding that our economy, ecology, and society are interdependent.As Canadians of faith we have a responsibility to protect the earth and care for and all of creation.
Investments in low-carbon energy development and putting an end to oil and gas subsidies, as well as funding for skills development and retraining for workers, would help align federal commitments to climate action. They would also increase Canada's global competitiveness as the world moves away from its dependence on fossil fuels.
Wondering how to start or continue difficult conversations about climate change in your community?
Use CPJ's engaging resources to engage your faith community in reflection and action towards ecological justice. These sermons, prayers, hymns, activities, books, and learning resources are centred on responding to God’s call to faithfully support the flourishing of creation.Read more
Looking for an inspiring, relevant, and practical resource on ecological justice?
Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis is a faith-based learning tool for Canadian Christians trying to live out the justice mandate to care and advocate for creation. It follows on the successful Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty (2011), which was praised for being both inspiring and usable.
Want to take concrete steps towards climate justice?
CPJ has set up a online action in partnership with the CRC's Centre for Public Dialogue. Urge your MP to support strong emissions-reducing measures in Canada’s climate action plan. As an expression of love for God’s awesome creation, tell your MP that you, as a person of faith, want meaningful climate action – consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement – to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change.
We’re grateful to our supporters and donors, those who have participated in our initiatives and those who have financed them. To those who have asked hard questions, and those who have helped us to answer them. Those who have advocated for change, and to the politicians that made it happen!
Working for policy change is more akin to a marathon than it is to a sprint, except that there are also hurdles! We’re grateful that as 2018 comes to a close, the finish line is in sight on some important policy gains. (Read on to learn more!)