Ecological Justice

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CPJ works on ecological justice issues

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.

What We Do

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.

CPJ facilitates workshops on ecological justice using our church resources and our book, "Living Ecological Justice." Contact Karri Munn-Venn for more information.

Recent Actions

2016: CPJ mobilized Canadians to submit recommendations for Canada's climate change plan to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). CPJ's own submission, "A Public Justice Vision for Canada's Climate Action Plan," called for a Canadian climate action plan that establishes a new emissions reduction target and contributes equitably towards the 1.5°C limit on global warming.

2016: CPJ's infographic, "Christian Voices for Climate Justice," explains why Christians are asking for a strong pan-Canadian climate plan.

2016: CPJ signed onto a joint letter to PM Justin Trudeau, calling for bold policy measures to address climate change, reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, and promote a just transition to a clean economy.

2015: CPJ released “Taxes for the Common Good,” a report on taxation in Canada that includes a fact sheet on carbon pricing.

2015: For two weeks in Spring 2015, CPJ organized "Justice Tour 2015," a delegation of national church leaders who traveled to eight cities to engage people of faith in conversations about poverty in Canada and climate change. Following the tour, CPJ helped to coordinate “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada,” an inter-faith declaration from Canadian faith leadersThis was the first such declaration in four years and was endorsed by over 65 signatories, including CPJ. 

2015: CPJ coordinated an interfaith, cross-Canada prayer chain throughout the two weeks of international climate negotiations at COP21 in Paris.

2014: CPJ staff presented workshops on ecological justice to congregations, parishes, and small groups representing a range of faith communities. To mark COP20 in Lima, CPJ also coordinated an interfaith prayer vigil.

2013: CPJ published Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, an ecumenical worship and action guide. It includes reflections from various Christian traditions and offers discussion questions, small-group activities, and prayers for Canadian Christians wanting to care and advocate for creation. CPJ staff also offer workshops and Sunday services on ecological justice. Contact Karri Munn-Venn for more information.

2013: CPJ released "Carbon and the Common Good" our backgrounder that looks at the environmental crisis from a public justice perspective and addresses lays our CPJ's position on carbon pricing.

2012: The Pembina Institute – a Canadian non-profit, sustainable energy think tank – recognized CPJ's executive director, Joe Gunn as a “Clean Energy Champion.”

Research

Want to learn more about climate change, policy challenges, and faithful action?

CPJ contributes unique research to the climate policy dialogue in Canada. Read CPJ’s latest research to learn more about a public justice perspective on ecological issues. Read more

Policy Statements

Want to understand how Christian values can translate into responsible policy?

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. Read CPJ's ideas about how federal policy can be crafted to support ecological justice. Read more

Church Resources

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

Take Action

Want to take a concrete step towards climate justice?!

CPJ is calling for a Canadian climate action plan based on an ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target that is consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. Read more

Join us! Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, has announced public climate consultations. Submissions are requested before June 1, but will be collected throughout the summer. Share your personal stories and recommendations for climate action, and help our government craft an ambitious climate action plan.

News

Want to know what CPJ staff have been saying on ecological justice? 

CPJ contributes op-eds and policy analysis to the mainstream media. Read the latest articles written by CPJ staff on climate change and ecological justice. Read more

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