• Five lessons from the fossil fuel divestment movement

    1. You don’t need to be an expert to get involved: “This is not just for students – everybody lives in a local authority and can get involved,”

    2. First give yourself legitimacy: “I wasn’t expecting to be swept up in the biggest divestment movement in history – but the snowball is unstoppable”

    3. Put your ego aside: “Most of the things we enjoy today – freedom of speech, freedom of assembly – were brought about by people who wouldn’t see these changes in their lifetimes. We owe it to them to fight for values, not egos and awards.”

    4. Plan for reinvestment: “We’re at a crucial point – we need to think carefully about what we want to reinvest in”

    5. Have hope – and keep going: “It’s not the Road to Paris, it’s the Path through Paris”

    Some of the hundreds of divestment campaigners who gathered in London at the weekend share what the day – and the movement – has taught them. Read the full piece in The Guardian.

  • Multifaith Climate Action Iftar

    Please join Faith & The Common Good and the Noor Cultural Centre for a breaking of the Muslim Ramadan fast, and a celebration of interfaith climate unity and action.

    Date: Sunday July 5, 2015
    Time: 7—10 pm
    Location: Noor Cultural Centre (123 Wynford Drive, Toronto)
    Admission: $15
    Register here. (Registration deadline: Fri. July 3, 5 pm)

    Program includes:
    Opering remarks by Ontario’s Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, the Hon Glen Murray; “One Planet: Harnessing Hope” Photography Exhibit by Irene  Borins-Ash; presentations from groups working on climate justice in Canada; vegetarian dinner & dessert.
    Find out ways you can contribute towards the fight against climate change

    If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the admission, please e-mail khadijah.kanji@gmail.com


    Thank you to our supporters!

    Canadian Council of Churches, Church of Scientology Toronto, Citizens for Public Justice, Cordoba Centre for Civic Engagement and Leadership, Donway Covenant United Church, Eco-Sikh, Fo Guang Shan Toronto, Green Awakening Network, Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA, KAIROS Canada,  Khaleafa, Neighbourhood Interfaith Group, Sacred Water Circle, Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Toronto Board of Rabbis, World Interfaith Harmony Week Toronto

  • Jobs, Justice & The Climate

    We > Tar Sands: Jobs, Justice & The Climate is spearheaded by 350.org, and supported by various communities, groups, & organizations that are joining forces to make loud & clear that We – the people – need to move away from an ineffective, exploitative, oppressive economy by partaking in a critical shift that honours our connection to each other & the environment on which we rely.

    This National We > Tar Sands mobilization is shaping up to be a game-changing moment for the climate movement in Canada — will you be there?

    In Toronto:

    When? Sunday July 5th, 2015, 1pm
    Where? Queens Park – traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit River, the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, and the Seneca
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/438675142973059/

    Sign up to join the interfaith hub here, or on Facebook here.

    In Vancouver:

    When? Saturday July 4th, 2015, 1pm
    Where? Sunset Beach, Vancouver (Beach Avenue at Bute Street) – Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714717358755801/

    Our interfaith ‘hub’ meeting spot:  will be at the corner of Bute St and Beach Ave. We will be there from 12:00pm-1:00pm, finishing-off signs in time for the event. Bring your signs & enthusiastic spirits, & come join us! Fossil Free Faith will also have a designated area. Come say hi & take a picture with a personalized message!

    Elsewhere in Canada:

    Find an event near you! Search here: http://350.org/july


    *If you’re on Twitter/Instagram, use the hashtag #Faith4Climate and #JobsJusticeClimate


  • Why the Pope has caught this non Catholic’s attention

    By Christine Boyle, originally published June 19th, 2015 in the National Observer.

    I’m not Catholic. Despite, perhaps, the best efforts of my grandfather. But I have been following news about Pope Francis, if you’ll pardon the phrase, religiously.

    This Pope has got my attention, and I am not the only one.

    The latest reason why is Pope Francis’s recently released encyclical on climate justice, titled Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You” in Latin).

    Pope ScientistFor years, climate change was an issue for scientists and environmentalists. For years they have been waving their arms in the air, with increasing frenzy, to get our attention. They told stories about the shrinking ice caps and the sad polar bears, and showed us graph after graph, red and blue lines moving dramatically upward.

    Years passed, wars happened, politicians had scandals, celebrities had babies, and we all did our part by recycling. But rather than disappearing, climate change became a climate crisis.

    As the crisis escalated, we began talking about it as an economic issue, spurred on by rising costs of failing infrastructure amid increasingly unpredictable weather, and the reality that the future those scientists talked about is happening all around us.

    The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund weighed in. We started to talk about green consumerism, green capitalism, green lifestyles. And during the infrequent times that climate change has entered the political arena in Canada, the discussion has been framed around economics there too. We’ve debated whether we can afford to take action, and if so what action is most politically feasible and what time frame is most economically practical.

    None of this has gotten us as far, or as fast, as we need. And if climate change was solely a scientific or economic issue in the past, it isn’t any longer. People are dying. And increasing numbers of lives and species are at stake.

    Pope 1Pope Francis’s encyclical is shifting that conversation by naming climate change as a justice issue. It echoes and magnifices what campus divestment groups and grassroots climate justice groups have been saying all along. And for Catholics and non-Catholics alike, climate justice has become a moral crisis.

    Whether it’s politically convenient or not, climate change is happening right now. And the thing about a moral crisis is that no one gets to sit it out. We either act or we don’t, and both options are a choice. Both options reflect upon who we are as people, as institutions, as a country.

    Up to now, many of us have stayed silent on climate change because we felt we didn’t adequately understand the science or the economics of it. Or because we are simply too busy, focused on other issues, or just trying to get by.

    Many others have avoided getting involved out of fear of the political and economic change that addressing the climate crisis will require. A fear that is felt not just among those with power, but also among those without any, whose livelihoods feel unstable enough already.

    Addressing climate change is the greatest moral challenge of our time. And it’s going to require us to face these short-term fears in the service of solutions that bring about a much greater good. It will call us all be braver, stronger, more compassionate people than our current political and economic systems assume us capable of.

    In paragraph 205, Laudato Si’ reads, “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good.”

    The Pope warns us that taking action doesn’t mean holding our breath for some future technological solution. Real policy solutions – massive public investment in clean energy, public transportation, improved community planning, and more – already exist.

    And we can afford those necessary investments; the corporations, countries and people who have benefited the most from unrestricted pollution and a runaway wealth gap should be required to pitch in to fund the transition. And most of us can afford to pay a little bit more.

    More than that, Laudato Si’ clearly outlines that taking action means consuming less, and sharing more. It means redefining the good life for us and for future generations. The great opportunity of a moral crisis is that we may emerge from it as better people, more generous communities, and a more stable society.

    I’m not Catholic, but I consider myself a person of faith. I believe in the possibility of a better world. And this Pope has got my attention.

    Chris PicChristine Boyle is Program Director at Fossil Free Faith Canada. She will be traveling to the Vatican for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and CIDSE conference on Climate, June 2-3, and will be writing about it at www.fossilfreefaith.ca.

  • Calling Upon Faith Voices in Vancouver

    Calling Upon Faith Voices: An Interfaith Community Dialogue!

    About what? Mobilizing faith communities for the Jobs, Justice, & The Climate Rally (July 4th in Vancouver), and engaging diverse faith voices in activist spaces!

    Where? *Heartwood Community Café
    317 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC Unceded Coast Salish Territories

    When? Tuesday, June 23, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

    Coordinated by a team of the Fossil Free Faith Youth Fellows.


    Limited space! Please RSVP here.

    Any questions? Contact maisaloon.alashkar@gmail.com


    *Queer-friendly venue committed to social justice & liberation. Accessibility: Washrooms are all genders but aren’t currently accessible for wheelchairs & scooters. Heartwood Community Café has made an agreement with the neighbouring Starbucks, which allows Heartwood patrons to use their fully accessible washrooms without the need to purchase anything.



  • Divestment 101 Webinars ONLINE

    Divestment 101 Webinars ONLINE

    Missed the webinars?  No worries,  you can watch the video recordings by clicking on the links below.

    FossilFreeFaith’s Divestment 101 Webinar Series for Canadian Faith Communities: April – May 2015

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