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ED Newsletter July 2022


Working together for the common good to build a more resilient and sustainable Canada.

Dear Friend,
It’s summer — a time to stop, take a deep breath and relax with family and friends. After the past couple of years of isolation, we finally have more occasions to spend time together face-to-face now. We also have the opportunity to stop, reflect and more consciously choose how we move forward, individually and collectively.

Where do you want to put your energy as you continue to emerge from the pandemic? What gives you hope as you move forward?

This year, many people across the country have already been dealing with flooding, record-breaking temperatures, heat waves, wildfires, and more. What gives me hope is seeing people of faith and spirit helping each other recover, as our writer and communications manager writes in the National Observer.

Environmental activist Mariame Kaba says, “Hope is a discipline… we have to practice it every single day.” I say how we practice hope is with action that makes an impact.

Our entire team at FCG continues to explore funding and project ideas to increase our resilience work to support communities in times of upheaval. We invite you to join us in making an impact.

Wishing you a hope-filled summer…

In gratitude...

Michelle Singh, Executive Director



Annual Report 2021

Last year, in keeping with our strategic goals of building capacity via diversity, harnessing sustainability, and strengthening communities, we facilitated hope-inspired action and opportunities for communities to work together. We laid the groundwork for innovative approaches to climate solutions. We expanded our reach, enhanced our programs with new resources such as our video webinars, offered more occasions for networking and connecting via roundtables, inspired via stories, nurtured communities by planting gardens and food forests. I invite you to read the 2021 Annual Report to learn more about how your investment in our network is contributing to building a more resilient and sustainable Canada.


Q2 2022 Highlights

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.



Indigenous Month 

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:


Our Programs

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!


Opportunities to Engage

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 GoodFor the Love of CreationKAIROSGreen Exodusthe 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.


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