Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.Laudato Si' #13
A Message to Youth
from Religious Communities in Canada
“We are religious, sisters long committed to social justice, climate justice and peace. We write this letter to thank you for your courageous leadership. #WeHearYou about the climate emergency! We embrace the sacredness of Earth and all creatures. With you, we uphold their right to flourish, with not one being left behind.”
“Let’s join forces! Don’t hesitate to contact us and share your actions and projects with us. We could support you by collaborating in various ways, including our prayer. Let’s share our initiatives!”
Montreal Climate March on September 27, 2019 in Montreal: we were there!
Click on the picture below to see the album of the 2019 Montreal Climate March.
For more information contact:
Sabrina Di Matteo
514-259-0856 ext. 106
LIST OF RESSOURCES
Here are a number of initiatives of religious communities in Canada and in the world, in favour of climate justice. We invite you to discover them!
- In September 2019, the superiors of 64 female religious communities in Canada issued a statement on the climate emergency and called political leaders to action. These women superiors are members of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General), a worldwide organization of leaders of Catholic women religious institutes. They have a sector named “Justice Peace and Creation”.
- Many religious communities have joined the “Blue Community” project of the Council of Canadians, like the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
- Pope Francis: The encyclical Laudato Si’ (meaning “praise be to you, Lord”, a title inspired by a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecologists) was published in 2015, and gave new impulse to the efforts of Catholics and people of all nations in favour of integral ecology. The vision promoted by the encyclical is that all areas of life are interdependent. Economy, consumerism, climate refugees, biodiversity, pollution, technology, the common good and policy are among the issues addressed by Pope Francis, who proposes a worldview rooted in faith and expressed through concrete action for our planet, our “common home”.
- Reading and Dialogue Guide on the encyclical Laudato Si’, prepared by the Canadian Jesuit Forum.
- Each Fall, the networks for “Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation” (JPIC) uniting religious communities of the Atlantic provinces and Ontario meet for regional conferences and ongoing formation. Watch the video from the Atlantic region gathering on water conservation.