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Getting to Yes: How to Convince others to Green your Faith Building

GETTING TO YES: HOW TO CONVINCE OTHERS TO ‘GREEN’ YOUR FAITH BUILDING

Almost every faith community wants to improve their building, lower energy costs and be more environmentally-friendly; but there is also a shared worry that sabotages our desires- the worry we don’t know how to accomplish it all and overcome the naysayers.

You are not alone

Even some of the most successful faith communities that made big, expensive changes to their building had the same worries, but in time, got to a place of ‘yes’.

Installation of Geothermal System

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Global Catholic Climate Movement Canada

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United Church's Mardi Tindal on faith leaders and climate: "This is our work"

This article is the third in a new series: Protecting a Life-Supporting Climate: A Call to Faith Leaders.

When it comes to climate change action and the role of faith leaders, “the public, as well as the government, recognize how significant our voices are,” says Mardi Tindal, author and former moderator of the United Church of Canada. Recently, she has been communicating with Minister McKenna, Environment and Climate Change, and discussing how to pull in more religious leadership.

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Christians 'give it up for the Earth' during Lent

This article is the second in a new series: Protecting a Life-Supporting Climate: A Call to Faith Leaders.

Known for their justice activism for over 50 years, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has a faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada. Now in its third year, Give it Up for the Earth! is centred on a pledge to individual climate action, and a call for more far-reaching national climate policy. Christians across Canada collect postcards and signatures as a demonstration of support for increased federal government action.

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Cultivating Care for Our Common Home: Protecting the Earth

Resources to help plan a parish event on protecting biodiversity

Earth Day falls on Easter Monday this year so consider instead planning an event sometime during the Easter Season. Divine Mercy Sunday on April 28th can be a meaningful day for hosting an event in response to Pope Francis’ call that “the works of mercy also include care for our common home”. The following resources can help with planning an event and can be adapted for use at any time that fits best with the parish.

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Cultivating Care for Our Common Home: Spring 2019

Protecting our family of living creatures

Spring is here although warm days are still reluctant visitors. Every week more old friends appear and bring anticipation of who is going to show up next—crocuses and robins have arrived, how much longer until tulips and rhubarb? This season of new life as Easter approaches makes it easy to appreciate Pope Francis’ call “to recognize that other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes: “by their mere existence they bless him and give him glory”” (#69)

Human activity is diminishing this blessing. Around the world these other living beings are shrinking in number or disappearing at an alarming rate. This is linked to human activity—we have not learned how to share our common home with our family of fellow living creatures.

We live as though we have forgotten that we are part of an amazingly diverse and complex web of life. Each creature contributes some role towards its ecosystem’s ability to provide the services which sustain all life, such as producing food, oxygen and clean water. The well-being of this web of life, which includes us, depends on the well-being of its biodiversity or variety of living species. Scientists, environmentalists, the Catholic Church and others are all raising awareness about the growing threats to biodiversity.

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Space: The Final Frontier

Counting the Social Good Being Done in Faith Buildings

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Dancing with Parkinsons practicing at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts

The question of affordable office/rehearsal/programming space for not for profits throughout Ontario has been well documented. In major cities the issue is one of affordability while in rural Ontario the lack of “Third Spaces” following the closure of many schools has left rural citizens travelling ever-increasing distances to attend public gatherings.

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Calling on Ontario Faith Leaders to Stand Up for the Climate

“The climate crisis presents an opportunity for the world’s trusted faith leaders to not just avoid catastrophe, but also to create a better world. It’s not just a moral obligation. It’s a moral opportunity.” Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO).

This article is the first in a new series: Protecting a Life-Supporting Climate: A Call to Faith Leaders.

I’ve got Dianne Saxe on the phone. It’s late afternoon, in the dead of winter, and she’s on backcountry roads, heading north for a rare weekend off. “I might cut out,” she warns me.

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