• Members Login

ED Newsletter September 2022

 

Climate Justice Action Now!

Working together to build a more sustainable Canada.


Dear Friend, 

Did you take time this summer to unplug? To be with loved ones? To rejuvenate yourself for the work ahead? I certainly did and I noticed many others in our field did as well. This is important in order for us to effectively respond to the climate crisis and remain healthy in the process.

Climate-related disasters are happening on a daily basis. We are inundated with images from wildfires in BC, flooding in Pakistan, droughts in Africa, and more. Those who are the least responsible for the crisis are suffering the impacts the most. Although it can be overwhelming, faith communities in Canada and around the world are becoming more engaged in responding to the crisis as we align our actions with our belief systems. At an individual level, we each have a role to play. What is your role? What actions are you taking? How will you make an impact?

To quote the prophet Muhammad – peace and blessings be upon him – “Even if the hour of the judgment is upon you and one of you has a sampling in his hand, then he should plant it.” 

Read on and join our FCG network this fall in being a part of a growing world-wide climate justice movement.

In gratitude...

3.png
Michelle Singh, Executive Director
 

Q3 2022 Highlights


Faithful Footprin
ts

Faithful Footprints is part of The United Church of Canada’s plan to reduce emissions by 80% by 2030, starting with a focus on its buildings. FCG is the delivery partner for the program. With a public goal of engaging 500 United Church congregations by 2025, the Faithful Footprints grant program has successfully reached 300 engagements. 

Read the latest newsletter here.

 


Greening Sacred Spaces — Ottawa Faithfully Green Fund 

Over the summer, our Ottawa chapter, GSS Ottawa has been moving forward with the Faithfully Green Fund to be officially launched next week. The goal is to raise $2 million in Community Bonds to support local Faith-Based Organizations with their Retrofit Projects. The intention is to fund 150 projects over the next 10 years; impacting a minimum of 100 Ottawa faith and spiritual groups. The fund is calling on both institutional and individual investors to help in this opportunity! Learn more about the fund here.

Green Youth Leadership Program (GYL)

The GYL program for BIPOC youth is moving into its next phase and connecting with the Watershed Canada Project. Learn more about the program here.

Opportunities to Engage


September 1 - October 4 – Season of Creation

All around the world, Christians are uniting to pray and take action for our common home. Join them and celebrate the Season of Creation today by finding an event near you! Our newsletter for the Season of Creation is out. Read here.

September 17 – Peace on and with Earth with Nanaimo GreenFaith Circle

Join Nanaimo GreenFaith Circle for an International Peace Day Celebration from 2-4:00 pm PT. Everyone is invited to bring hand-made peace signs. Together we will pray for Peace on Earth and Care for All Life on Earth. During the prayer time, art activities for children will be available. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Please bring folding chairs, cushions & mugs for refreshments.

  • Location: Amphitheatre in Bowen Park, Nanaimo. 
  • For more information please contact Julia[email protected]

 

September 23 – Toronto Fridays for Future Climate Strike

Interfaith participants are invited to meet at the Philosophers Stage at 12:30 pm ET for a program before the main march. Bring banners, noise makers and information about the work you’re doing. Also, watch the @MSLMCanada Facebook page for updates on joining a faith contingent at the Toronto strike with @devpeace-caritascanada and @faithcommongood. Find other strikes across Canada to join on this event map.

 

 

September 29 – Faith & the Common Good: Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will be a hybrid meeting from 5:00-6:30pm ET. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] for information to join in person or by zoom. More details to follow.

September 30 – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation; Orange Shirt Day

The National Day for Truth & Reconciliation aims to “effect healing and reconciliation among all races, creeds, and denominations residing in Canada”. Learn more here as well as Orange Shirt Day.

October 4 - November 6 – Faiths 4 Climate Justice

GreenFaith International’s Faiths 4 Climate Justice action begins in October. Collective action, both locally and globally, are needed to achieve bold climate justice commitments. The FCG  network is taking action and inviting faith communities to join efforts in advocating for a healthy and sustainable climate for all. Come be a part of the change! 

October 12 – Faiths 4 Climate Justice: An Interfaith Conversation 

Join us at 8 pm ET for another webinar from our Climate Narratives Speaker Series for an inspiring panel discussion exploring faith and climate justice from a variety of perspectives. More details to come. Register here 

October 30 – Faiths 4 Climate Conversations

EnviroMuslims is hosting an interfaith afternoon forum with breakout sessions followed by dinner at the Jaffari Community Center in Toronto. More details to come.

*Note: The organizers are seeking speakers of diverse faiths and spiritualities to participate in the forum. Organizers would also like to extend an invitation to groups doing concrete climate action to join the event as exhibitors. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Funding Opportunity for Mosques

Our partner, EnvironMuslims, is seeking 35 mosques across the country who are interested in greening their mosques. Eligible mosques will be provided with $1000 to use towards their environmental projects. To learn more, please contact [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. Contact Elyse[email protected]

Inspiration at your fingertips

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. We have outdoor greening resources and energy conservation guides. Check out the website for more information.

Help us build a more resilient and sustainable Canada

For over 22 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. We offer programs, projects, networking and community engagement opportunities and many, many free tools and resources. Join us in building a more resilient and sustainable Canada.

 

 

 
 

 


Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Michelle Singh

Make A Donation

Help fund our important work by making a secure donation.

Facebook

Subscribe

Sign in with Facebook, Twitter or email. Created with NationBuilder