News & Events
Sep 10, 2015
Montreal, August 27th, 2015 - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace launched a new campaign called “Create a Climate of Change” on September 1, which is World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, to bring attention to the devastating impacts of climate change on some of the poorest countries in the world - and to ask Canada to do more to reduce the world’s carbon emissions.
Development and Peace works in Ethiopia, Honduras and the Philippines, and many other countries in the Global South that are experiencing droughts, typhoons and other extreme weather due to rising temperatures. These countries, however, contribute the least to climate change and lack the means to deal with the ensuing catastrophes, whose worst impacts are felt by the poorest.
Canada is one of the biggest carbon emitters in the world, and as such the campaign is asking Canadians to make lifestyle changes that will reduce carbon emissions and to call on the Canadian government to transition away from a fossil-fuel dependent economy to one based on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The campaign is also asking the Canadian government to adopt a fair and binding agreement at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December.
“Canada’s emissions per capita are 150 times higher than Ethiopia’s, yet it is the poorest people in Ethiopia who are suffering the most. How is this fair? Canada has a significant role to play in ensuring that the Earth’s temperature does not reach levels that threaten the lives of people living in the Global South,” says David Leduc, Executive Director of Development and Peace.
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si' calls for urgent action on climate change, and the Pope has designated September 1 as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Here in Canada, events took place in schools, parishes and communities across the country as part of this new campaign. Climate vigils are planned from October 23 - 25. Development and Peace will also have a delegation that will take part in the Catholic pilgrimage to Paris for COP21. To learn more: devp.org/climateofchange. Please note: clicking this link will take you away from the Diocese of Victoria's website.
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