Pope Francis links climate change, energy and world poverty

In his encyclical “Laudato Si”, Pope Frances appealed for efforts to limit climate change through reducing consumption of fossil fuels. Many Christians responded to the Encyclical and worked to persuade their country to reduce the use of coal, natural gas and oil for the production of energy. 4RG expected that the Laudato Si would be …

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Walter Pitman – a man who will be sorely missed!

Our 4RG Colleague, Walter Pitman, was a crusader! His profound commitment to the environment was supported by his recognition of the beauty of our planet Earth.  Walter associated that beauty with a divine presence, an association captured in the lyrics and music of the “Crusader’s Hymn” (as sung by the Hastings College Choir). Walter recognized …

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Divestment Now!

St. James Cathedral

Yes, liquidating pension fund investments in fossil fuel companies is not a popular course of action. The moral justification for doing so it clear:  the continued consumption of fossil fuels is dooming the earth that our grandchildren – and their grandchildren – will ultimately inherit. But on the practical level –- managers of these funds …

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Marking Time on Climate Change

In our blog on COP 22 ( “Trump spoils the party at Marrakech.” ) we reported that President Trump moved quickly to fulfill his campaign promise to pull the US out of the Paris Accord.  We observed that: “. . . the whole UN process has been undermined by US politics. If the US withdraws …

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PM speaks out at the United Nations!

Canada’s new partnership (with aboriginal peoples) will involve addressing the shared challenge of climate change. Indigenous and northern communities are particularly affected by its stark reality. In communities across the north – places like Paulatuk, Kugluktuk (KUG-LOOK-TOOK), and Tuktoyaktuk – where community members are finding sea ice conditions more dangerous and unpredictable for travelling and …

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