• February 13 & 14th, 2015: Global Divestment Day

  • Dec 7 Global Climate Vigils: #LightForLIMA in Toronto, Ottawa

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    On Sunday, December 7, around the world people from diverse faith and spiritual communities will gather for public vigils in support of global climate action.   When world leaders come together in Lima for critical climate talks, they need to know that we’re holding them in our thoughts, meditations and prayers.

    Join us in Ottawa & Toronto!  All are welcome.

    • Citizens for Public Justice and Faith & the Common Good will co-host a #LightForLIMA vigil in Ottawa @ 7pm.  For details, click here.
    • Toronto Area Interfaith Council & Awakening Heart Circle will co-host an interspiritual Festival of Lights and #LightForLIMA vigil in Toronto @ 1:30pm.  For details, click here.
    • Trinity St Paul’s United, Bathurst United, Toronto Quaker Meeting and ClimateFast will co-host a #LightForLIMA vigil in Toronto @ 7:30pm. For details, click here.

    Can’t join us for one of these vigils?  No problem, you can still take part.   Each evening from December 1-7, households and communities around the world will light a candle, or solar lamp, and pray, meditate, or offer an invocation for a climate agreement. Take a photo of your vigil, post it on Facebook or Twitter with #LightForLIMA along with your hopes for the future.

    Our digital vigils will tell politicians that people around the world, are watching and praying for action. And the time to act is now.

  • Dec 3 Webinar: Free on-line workshop on faith divestment

    Religious organizations of all stripes are a big part of the divestment movement. It’s time for people of faith to speak up about the fate of our planet, and time for religious institutions to divest from fossil fuels.

    Reverend Fletcher Harper of Green Faith will explore the rapidly growing faith divestment movement.

    Dec 3, 5:30pm PT, 8:30pm EST

    Sign up here.

    Sponsored by 350.org

  • New Canadian Resource: “People’s Climate March Outshines UN Summit”

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    Kairos’ Policy Briefing Paper #40 “contrasts the urgent and achievable demands of the climate justice movement with the slow UN process that risks allowing the world to slide into catastrophic consequences of climate change.”

    Thanks to John Dillon for his excellent work on this paper.

     You can download the paper here.

  • VIDEOS: Divestment or What? Toronto, 2014

    Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith (USA) explores the rationale for faith-based divestment with a focus on historical roots for contemporary action.
    At the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network/Greening Sacred Spaces forum on March 1 2014. With an introduction by the David MacDonald.

    Should Canadian faith communities be “faithfully disruptive” and divest from the fossil fuel industry?
    Christine Boyle of Spirited Social Change addresses this question at the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network/Greening Sacred Spaces forum on March 1 2014.

    Q & A panel with presenters at the 6th Annual Green Awakening Network / Greening Sacred Spaces forum.
    Jane Ambachtsheer, Christine Boyle, Mike Brigham, Fletcher Harper, & Monica Resendes address questions related to faith communities and fossil fuel divestment. David MacDonald moderates.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment Hits $50 Billion

    September 22 2014 — “Over 800 global investors have now committed to divest their holdings in fossil fuels. New signatories encompass a broad diversity of sectors and regions— including foundations, individuals, faith groups, health care organizations, cities and universities around the world. Their pledge was revealed at a news conference in New York today, and will be presented tomorrow at the United Nations Climate Summit where over 120 world leaders will gather.

    A leading advocate of the movement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, called on institutions and people of conscience to divest in a video recorded for the
    announcement: “Climate change is the human rights challenge of our time. We can no longer continue feeding our addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow, for there will be no tomorrow.” He called for a freeze on all new fossil fuel exploration as the companies cannot safely burn 75% of known reserves.
    The fossil free Divest-Invest movement has grown explosively since its launch three years ago. Today’s announcement includes over 650 individuals and 180 institutions, including 50 new foundations added to the 17 who pledged in January. Together these institutions hold over $50 billion in total assets. Signers pledge to divest from fossil fuels over five years, taking a variety of approaches.
    The foundations announced today include the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, whose original endowment comes from wealth generated in the Standard Oil Company. The Fund will be divested first from coal and tar sands by the end of this year, with more to come thereafter.”
    For the full Sept 22 2014 press release from the global Divest/Invest coalition, click here.
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