Youth-Led Climate Action: An Interfaith Conversation
Our Interfaith Conversations series continued on June 8 with Youth-Led Climate Action: An Interfaith Conversation. Our honoured youth leaders were Aleyxa Gates Julien, Moriyah Kleiman and Nazish Qureshi. We listened to them share how climate change is affecting their lives and how their faith is inspiring their efforts to find solutions. You can view the recording here.
Greening Sacred Spaces — Ottawa
GSS Ottawa’s Energy Benchmarking Program (EBP) wrapped up and they have compiled case studies, telling the stories of 10 diverse faith communities that participated in the program from 2019-2022. A free program to help faith communities take practical and cost-effective climate action by raising awareness and understanding their buildings' energy use and emissions, the EBP used the Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM), an energy management tool, to display energy costs and usage. ESPM shows a baseline energy use and identifies areas for improvement over a 3 year period. Every year, participants of the Ottawa EBP received an annual report detailing their energy consumption and changes over time. Click here to read more.
June was National Indigenous History Month. FCG has always been proud to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We remain committed to Truth and Reconciliation and working alongside Indigenous communities to create positive change and stronger relationships. Please read our June blog posts pertaining to Indigenous allyship:
Have you explored our website lately? From blogs written by various members of our network to the Catholic Eco-Investement Accelerator Toolkit and the Greening Canadian Mosques Toolkit to our Greening Sacred Spaces Certification Program which was updated just in time for Earth Day!
Save the Date: October 2-9 #Faiths4ClimateJustice
Come be a part of Faiths 4 Climate Justice: A Global Multi-Religious Week of Action in collaboration with the GreenFaith International Network. Oct 2-9th is less than a month before leaders of the world’s largest 20 economies gather at the G20 summit in Indonesia and representatives of every country on the planet gather in Egypt for the UNs COP27 conference. More information will be released soon. Please contact [email protected] to be kept informed.
Faith, Climate, and Conversation: July 28th 5pm, Calgary AB
Are you in the Calgary area and interested in faith-based environmental action? Join us for a community networking opportunity to meet & greet with other like-minded folks as well as representatives from Faith & the Common Good, For the Love of Creation, KAIROS, Green Exodus, the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, and the Calgary Climate Hub. We will get the chance to share practical resources and engage in deeper dialogue together about how we can support each other to do this work. To RSVP or get more info, please contact Elyse: [email protected]
FCG Monthly Network Meetings
Interested in learning more about what's happening across our national network? The FCG community meets on the first Tuesday of every month to connect, share upcoming events, and useful resources. We learn from and are inspired by one another. We will be on a break for the summer but in September, please come join the conversation! Contact Elyse: [email protected].
Seeking a New Board Member
Do you believe that our diverse faith and spiritual communities can be a force for good? Are you passionate about protecting our environment for future generations? Do you enjoy contributing to multi-cultural, multi-faith, grass-roots environments? FCG is seeking another Board Member from a non-Christian background. Learn more here.
Invest in us: Donate today
For over 21 years, FCG has been working to provide opportunities for interfaith, spirited, environmental and climate action. We are unique in that we are the only interfaith environmental organization across Canada to do so. To this end, we offer programs, projects, networking and community engagement opportunities and many, many free tools and resources. But our resources are badly in need of a rehaul!
When you donate, your gift will be used toward updating our resources to enhance inclusivity and reflect diverse languages, as well as for creating new ones via multiple platforms (visual and audio). Together, you will be helping us reach even more faith-group audiences, for even greater spirited climate action.