Links March 2016

The websites below were last updated February 4, 2018.

Anglican Communion Environmental Network: A Network for those who care for God’s creation. Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide have long been concerned with environmental issues. From extreme weather to food shortages all of us are affected. Guided by the fifth Mark of Mission members of the Anglican Communion Environment Network strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.

The impetus to focus on Development from an Integral Human and Ecological Christian perspective that is addressed to everyone was provided by Benedict XVI’s letter Caritas in Veritate. Caritas in Veritate

Caritas in Veritate, On Human [and Ecological] Development in Charity and Truth, A Guide for Discussion and Action. This Guide, commissioned by the Social Affairs Committee of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) became the roadmap leading to this site’s work in progress.

The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of Social Sciences: Statement of the Joint PAS/PASS Workshop on Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility.

Professor John Smol FRSC, is a professor in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University where he is also holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, was the founding editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology and is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Reviews. He is also the series editor of the book series Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research.and is on the editorial boards of several other journals.

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago “We define eco-justice as any effort that promotes ecological integrity with social justice as a central focus of religious understanding.

The United Church of Canada provides information on opportunities for action along with its faith and secular partners @

The Anglican Church of Canada’s Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee:  addresses “issues of climate change, healing and reconciliation, theological education, Indigenous justice, housing and homelessness, and more.”

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is under the direction of Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, of Ghana.

The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul  have served the poor since the founding of the congregation in 1861, when they began providing compassionate care to the orphaned and the aged.  In the early 1990s the congregation officially established a Justice and Peace office to identify and take nonviolent action on issues that affect the poor.

Development and Peace (The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Development and Peace is a membership led organization supported by parish collections, individual donations and government grants, principally from the Canadian International Development Agency.

“No, you can’t have faith without justice, so you can’t keep faith out of politics”

Biblical Vision, by Ched Myers, offers seven studies of the scriptural views of Jubilee justice and God’s Dream of enough for everyone. It “reads the Bible economically in order to read the economy biblically.”

Jubilee South is an amazing example of how a network of ordinary citizens can work together to bring about a more just social order. Today, its goal is“building a new world economic order that is people-centered, equitable, gender-fair, sustainable and democratic.”

Fairtrade Canada, formerly Transfair Canada, is about fair trade products in Canada at 

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit Fair Trade Organization (FTO). FTOs are non-governmental organizations designed to benefit artisans, not to maximize profits.

Millennium Development Goals .  The goals include such things as reducing extreme poverty and hunger, providing primary education for all, improving maternal health, environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development by 2015.

CIDSE is an international alliance of Catholic development agencies, including Development and Peace. Its work covers resources for development; climate justice; food, agriculture and sustainable trade; and business and human rights. “We work with people of all faiths and none…It is the voices of our partners in the South which we intend to make heard at key events at European, North American and international level.”

Wayne Ellwood. The no-nonsense guide to globalization, 2nd Edition. Toronto: New Internationalist Publications and Between the Lines (2006).

Ontario Cooperative Association . There are some 1,300 co-operatives and credit unions in Ontario and almost 1.4 million Ontarians are members. If you want to find out more about a housing, food, child care or any of the 20 categories of co-ops in the province that are near you, just visit the website and enter your postal code.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  “The CCPA is one of Canada’s leading sources of progressive policy ideas. Our work is rooted in the values of social justice and environmental sustainabilityprovides the counterbalance to existing government policies.”:

The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in the Gospel of Luke: Chapter 16, verses 19 to 34.

Nyéléni Declaration on Food Sovereignty: outlines the pillars of sustainable development.

Canadian interfaith call on Climate change, October 25, 2011 prior to the November 29-December 9, 2011, 17 Conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) conference in South Africa. canadian_interfaith_call_for_leadership_and_action_en

Robert Kenner, Director. Food, Inc. Participant Media. Publisher: Magnolia Home Entertainment. 2009. Robert Kenner draws on reporting by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) to explore how meat and vegetables produced by agribusiness are unhealthy and environmentally-harmful. Available on DVD in libraries and video stores.

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our Relationship with the Environment: The Need for Conversion (2008) .

World Resources Institute“WRI is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We have over 50 active projects working on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance.”

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) …”works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.”

Catholic Bishops on Climate Change and Environmental Justice:Download Catholic response to climate change

Catholic Climate Covenant 

Education for Justice resources are designed to promote greater knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and highlight the connection between current world events and our faith. Living as a disciple in a globalized world requires both greater awareness of local and global justice issues and ongoing faith formation. http://wwReading and responding to the signs of the times is an urgent call of living our faith today. Love of God and love of neighbor are one.

Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are a prominent voice in efforts to protect and restore the vitality of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and improve the quality of life for the residents of the region. Through an integrated approach to environmental, social and economic agendas within their communities, U.S. and Canadian mayors of the Cities Initiative are leading a movement that will sustain our freshwater resources long into the future.

Stewardship: We believe the planet and all its resources are entrusted to humankind and seek to act in an environmentally responsible way as true stewards of creation.

Interfaith Power & Light: A Religious Response to Global Warming in the USA by State @  

Caritas InternationalisCaritas is Church: We work with the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion.”  @

Independent Catholic News (Ireland): Call for churches to pray during international climate change talks November 4, 2013 @

The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ) is a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten – the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world…@

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