On June 22nd, 2021, people of faith throughout Waterloo region submitted a statement to Region of Waterloo Council expressing support for the TransformWR Climate Action Strategy and 50by30 motion being put forward for council's consideration. This collective statement was drafted by the FCJ Actions and Policy Advocacy Working Group, and signed by many local congregations and faith communities, as well as by individuals. It was also accompanied by a delegation by members of Faith Climate Justice to council, which can be watched here, at 2:49:54.
We are extremely proud of the efforts of FCJ members both in drafting this statement, securing widespread support amongst our faith communities, and preparing a delegation to regional council - all of which helped contribute to the Region passing both the TransformWR and 50by30 motion on June 22nd. This is a historic motion for Waterloo region, and a strong foundation to continue to build on as we strive toward bold climate action guided by social equity and justice. Alongside many other local grassroots voices, we are glad Faith Climate Justice could also contribute to this good work! The full statement can be found below.
A wonderful support letter for the efforts of Faith Climate Justice WR from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From all of us, thank you so much for your expression of support, and solidarity with our shared efforts for climate justice.
The mounting of Stirling's climate justice banner received the following profile in the April 2021 edition of Canadian Mennonite
On March 19, 2021, communities worldwide will be participating in actions for climate justice as part of the Fridays For Future campaign. One option that some local congregations are moving forward with is to hang a banner for climate justice in solidarity on March 19th. Faith Climate Justice is continuing to support any interested faith communities that want to hang a banner to help coordinate these efforts - simply reach out at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred People, Sacred Earth has opportunities for action March 11th! Many faith communities worldwide will be taking part in this day of action. Learn more and consider consider sharing with your faith community: greenfaith.org/take-action/
On Thursday March 11 at 7 pm, join us and our friends at the Ecumenical Climate Justice Alliance for an open, facilitated dialogue on how to best support faith-based leadership for climate justice in Waterloo Region. Learn more and sign up here.
Our friends at Divest WR are launching a project to create eight food forests in partnership with faith communities across Waterloo Region. Learn more here - a video recording from the launched event on Tuesday March 30 can be found below.
UPDATE: We had a great conversation, with over 140 people in attendance virtually. Highlights included the fantastic presentations by Christine Boyle and Chris Fletcher, and the many wonderful audience questions. The recording for the full event is now available on Youtube. The climate science presentation by Chris Fletcher is also available as a separate video.
Join us Monday, February 22nd at 7pm for an evening with Christine Boyle - a city councilor and United Church Minister in Vancouver and a driving force for climate action by faith communities and municipal governments. Learn more about how you can help build a just, safe climate future here in Waterloo Region. Co-hosted by Faith Climate Justice WR and 50by30 Waterloo Region, this event will bring together people of faith and goodwill and be a space to catalyze further faith-led climate justice action here in our region. Register or find out more on our Eventbrite page.
We joined with many other local climate organizations as part of the Shoe Strike in Waterloo Town Square, to raise awareness about both the need for concrete climate action, as well as the significant number of people who are currently without shelter in the Region. The event was organized by 50 by 30, Fridays for Future, Unsheltered Campaign, and Divest Waterloo. While the silent protest with intentionally-limited attendance was a contrast with the large climate rally in Waterloo last year, we thought it was a great way to raise awareness during these difficult times. See more about the event on CTV News (with video segment) and CBC News.