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Statement by Canada’s Catholic Sisters Regarding the Climate Emergency  

September 1, 2019

Statement by Canada’s Catholic Sisters Regarding the  Climate Emergency

On this World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, leaders of Canada’s 64 Congregations of Catholic Sisters are calling on the country’s politicians to respond to the climate emergency declared by Parliament by taking concrete steps to avert it.

As Women Religious, caring for all of God’s Creation is an essential part of our faith. The drastic changes to our climate brought on by the release of greenhouse gases pose the greatest threat to all living beings. Yet, not enough is being done to address it. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis points out that “reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most.” (169)

For our part, we have taken robust action to combat the destruction of our planet and to care for our common home. Many of our Congregations have taken steps to:

  • Divest from fossil fuel portfolios to clean and renewable energy projects.
  • Eliminate single-use plastics.
  • Retrofit residential buildings, including solar, bio-thermal and renewable natural gas installations.
  • Commit to the Blue Communities project which entails treating water as a sacred resource and shared commons.
  • Plant trees in Canada and in the countries where our Missions exist.
  • Compost, reduce and recycle.
  • Partner and provide support to community groups and movements committed to address the climate emergency.

We urge all politicians running in the upcoming federal election to acknowledge the climate emergency and to implement an immediate multilevel policy strategy for a just transition to ecologically sustainable living.

The actions to address the climate emergency should be concrete, justice-based and stripped of partisan politics. We invite political leaders to join us in caring for our common home by:

  • Keeping fossil fuels in the ground and ending subsidies to fossil fuel and plastic producers.
  • Redirecting investments and rapidly expanding the renewable energy economy, including investment in retraining for workers affected by job loss in fossil fuel production.
  • Continuing to hold companies to account by putting a cost against the greenhouse gas pollution they produce.
  • Coordinating an intensive and sustained public awareness effort to change attitudes and behaviours.
  • Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and developing climate emergency policies in line with the Indigenous knowledge and teachings.

We are facing an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to Earth. With so many others on the planet, we hope that politicians will show commitment, leadership and collective wisdom in the movement to protect our planet from destruction. This is the only way forward together.

UISG (International Union of Superiors General) is a worldwide organization of Superiors General of Institutes of Catholic Women Religious. It encourages dialogue and collaboration among Religious Congregations within the Church and larger society.  This statement is a collaboration of all 64 Canadian members of the UISG.

Signatories:

CONGREGATION/CONGRÉGATION            CITY/VILLE, PROVINCE

Antoniennes de Marie                       Chicoutimi, Québec
Congrégation de Notre-Dame                                Montréal, Québec
Dominicaines Missionnaires Adoratrices              Québec, Québec
Filles de la Providence                                           St-Constant, Québec
Filles de Marie-de-L’Assomption                           Campbellton, Nouveau Brunswick
Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception         Pembroke, Ontario
Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de MontréalMontréal, Québec
Les Dominicaines de la Trinité                  Shawinigan, Québec
Les Missionnaires du Christ-Roi              Montréal, Québec
Les Sœurs de la Providence                     Montréal, Québec
Missionnaire Notre-Dame des Anges        Sherbrooke, Québec
Missionnaires de l'Immaculée Conception            Montréal, Québec
Missionnaires Oblates du Sacré-Cœur et de Marie-Immacuée  Winnipeg, Manitoba
Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur                                  Dieppe, New Brunswick
Oblates de Béthanie                                               Québec, Québec
Oblates Franciscaines de St-Joseph        Montréal, Québec
Our Lady's Missionaries                           Toronto, Ontario
Petites Filles de Saint-François              Montréal, Québec
Petites Filles de Saint-Joseph                Montréal, Québec
Petites Franciscaines de Marie                 Baie-St-Paul, Québec
Petites Soeurs de la Sainte-Famille         Sherbrooke, Québec
Religieuses Hospitalières de St-Joseph   Montréal, Québec
Servantes du Saint Cœur de Marie           Montréal, Québec
Servantes du Très Saint-Sacrement         Sherbrooke, Québec
Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul    Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception Saint John, New Brunswick
Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland                         St John's, Newfoundland
Sisters of Mission Service              Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sisters of Providence of Saint Vincent de Paul     Kingston, Ontario                                                       
Sisters of Saint Joseph in Canada                         Hamilton, London, Pembroke, Peterborough, Ontario
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Sault Ste Marie            North Bay, Ontario
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto                        Toronto, Ontario
Sisters of Saint Martha of Antigonish                   Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Sisters of Saint Martha of Prince Edward Island  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Sisters of Social Service                                         Toronto, Ontario
Sœurs Augustines de la Miséricorde de Jésus   Québec, Québec
Soeurs de Charité de Saint-Louis                           Montréal, Québec
Sœurs de Charité de St-Hyacinthe                         Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec
Sœurs de l’Assomption de la Sainte-Vierge          Québec, Québec
Sœurs de l’Institut Jeanne d’Arc                            Ottawa, Ontario
Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa                                 Ottawa, Ontario
Soeurs de la Charité de Montréal (Soeurs Grises) Montréal, Québec
Sœurs de la Charité de Québec                             Québec, Québec
Soeurs de la Providence                           Montreal, Québec
Soeurs de l'Assomption de la Sainte Vierge         Nicolet, Québec
Sœurs de Miséricorde                                            Montréal, Québec
Sœurs de Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice                        Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
Sœurs de Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil                  Chicoutimi, Québec
Sœurs de Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur                  Dieppe, Nouveau Brunswick
Sœurs de Notre-Dame-du-Perpétuel-Secours      St-Damien-de-Bellechasse, Québec
Soeurs de Sainte-Anne                                           Lachine, Québec
Sœurs de Sainte-Croix                              St-Laurent, Québec
Sœurs de Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc                  Québec, Québec
Soeurs de Sainte-Marthe de Saint-Hyacinthe       Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec
Sœurs de Saint-François d’Assise                         Québec, Québec
Sœurs de St-Joseph de Saint-Hyacinthe               Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec
Sœurs de St-Joseph de St-Vallier                          Québec, Québec
Sœurs des Saints Noms de Jésus et de Marie      Longueuil, Québec
Sœurs du Bon-Pasteur de Québec                        Québec, Québec
Sœurs Notre-Dame du St-Rosaire                         Rimouski, Québec
Sœurs Servantes de Notre-Dame Reine du Clergé Lac-au-Saumon, Québec

 

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