Press Release: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out

On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: September 25, 2015 – As Pope Francis addresses the United Nations this morning, his message is already having an impact in Canada.

Today, an inter-faith declaration, “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out” was released by the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). The statement includes the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as a signatory.

“On the same day when Pope Francis spoke at the UN General Assembly, asking for renewed ambition from wealthy countries in efforts to reach a solid international commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions, this statement echoes the need for Canada to act,” said Joe Gunn, Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).

“In midst of a federal election campaign, climate challenges, ending poverty and responding with justice to Indigenous rights cannot be dismissed. These religious signatories are right to call us to greater respect for the common good.”

CPJ, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped to draft the declaration.

In 2011, the “Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change” was released by the CCC.

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Please contact: Brad Wassink, Communications Coordinator at ac.jpc@darb, 613-232-0275, ext 225.

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