The virtual event was held on March 22, 2022, on the occasion of World Water Day. We brought together guest speakers to educate us about the significance of water in the context of their diverse faith and spiritual teachings and how we can deepen our connection with it. Sacred Water is the second webinar in our Climate Narratives series to raise awareness around faith-based responses to environmental and climate issues.
Speakers addressed the following questions: What does your respective religion, cultural or spiritual tradition teach you about the sacredness of water and how can we connect more deeply with it to be better stewards of the environment?
Speakers: Roop Sidhu - President, EcoSikh Canada, Areej Riaz - Director of Climate Programs, EnviroMuslims, Agnes Richard - Coordinator, Mouvement Laudato Si’ Movement Canada, Sabrina Malach - Director of Engagement, Shoresh
Description: On the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week, this virtual event was held on February 2, 2022. We brought together guest speakers from Canadian faith-based environmental organizations to share how their faith's environmental stewardship beliefs have influenced their climate actions.
This webinar is part of a series for the Climate Narratives project, generously funded by the Clean Economy Fund.
Speakers addressed the following two questions: How does your faith or values inspire you to care for our common home? How do you align your faith or values with your climate action?
Speakers: Steve Hubbard - LightenCo. and Christopher Ralph - The Lion Electric Company
Description: As part of Canada’s mandate to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the Government of Canada has set an ambitious and mandatory target of every new light-duty vehicle and passenger truck being zero-emission by 2035 and is making investments to ensure this happens. One of the key barriers to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption is the lack of charging stations. With the goal to break down barriers associated with EV adoption, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is funding EV infrastructure projects through the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). Hydro Ottawa has been selected as a delivery organization to distribute ZEVIP funding.
Description: Why our Energy Benchmarking Program is so useful for Faith Communities Now more than ever? Looking at the impact of COVID-19 on building energy efficiency and why we need programs like the Energy Benchmarking program more than ever.
This Outdoor Greening webinar series provided information about how to support the birds, bees and other wildlife on your property. Native birds and bees benefit from simple and easy changes that we can make to our gardens. Providing more “habitat” supports these important species that help strengthen the resiliency of our local ecological systems and also provides many personal benefits to us including mental health and spiritual joy. Discussions included:
The reasons why we should be supporting local birds and the bees on our faith community property and the benefits of a more sustainable and ecological landscape;
How our prayer, meditation, community food and/or sacred space gardens can attract more birds and bees through easy enhancements and simple changes to maintenance techniques;
Highlights of local Ottawa programs and resources that can support both your home and faith community garden (including signage that will let your neighbours know about your efforts!).
Learn about what it's like to participate in the Energy Benchmarking Program, to ask energy-saving questions to an expert, and to be inspired by the amazing work of this congregation!
In this free webinar, Steven Law, P. Eng., the Holy Trinity Thornhill Green Team leader. Steven Law is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. Steven has over 20 years of experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, including participation in renewable energy projects, leading the Holy Trinity Green Team and teaching a short course on renewable energy and storage technologies.
Watch the free webinar to learn more about Holy Trinity Thornhill's green journey, including first steps, a green audit, energy retrofits and joining the Energy Benchmarking Program.
We would like to thank Enbridge Gas Inc. for providing funding to Faith & the Common Good.
Enbridge Gas Inc. has a more than 170-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. Enbridge Gas delivers safe, reliable natural gas in more than 100 communities across Ontario and is a leader in promoting energy efficiency programs.