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Sunday, September 29, 2019 our Charlottetown Diocesan Council of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada hosted our annual Fall Action – education Workshop. Our guest speaker was Luke Stocking of Toronto, Deputy Director of Public Engagement and the face of Development and Peace's leadership team for the Ontario and Atlantic regions. Luke's presentation was informative. It inspired me and blessed me with renewed energy to support the work of D&P. By the enthusiastic reaction of the seventy-five or eighty people present I believe they went home feeling as I did.

Our campaign's theme for the next two years is "For Our Common Home" inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si'. The first year of our campaign will be dedicated to the Amazon in recognition that a future for the Amazon is a future for all. Over the coming months Canadians will be invited to sign a solidarity letter addressed to two Brazilian communities, the seringueiros (artisanal rubber tappers) of Machadinho d'Oueste and the people of Manaus, whose lands, lifestyles and livelihoods are threatened, by illegal logging and a Canadian-funded mine. The goal is at least 65,000 signatures, one for each Amazonian tree and vertebrate species. As well, a letter will be sent to the Brazilian and Canadian governments and implicated companies to demand better protection for the forest and its people. There will also be meetings with Members of Parliament at which Canadians will further press their demands.

At our workshop we sadly said farewell to our long time and remarkable animator, Danny Gillis who is retiring. As well, we were happy to meet and welcome our new animator, Adah Ogbe from Nigeria.

In conclusion, I congratulate Winnie Odo, who has generously accepted the role, Chairperson of the Antigonish Diocesan Council of D&P. Winnie, a generous, compassionate, Visitation woman, is truly a special blessing for Development and Peace.

Let us continue to pray for this wonderful organization and for our many partners in the Global South. Let us make every effort to collect many signatures to reach our goal of 65,000.

Blessings,

Dorena Hall, Associate


Climate – Time to Take Action!

CONCLUSION ON THE SEASON OF CREATION…

When Sr. Mary Corbett was the Congregation de Notre-Dame's NGO Representative at the United Nations in New York, she picked-up a mantra that was starting to take hold there: Agreements are done, time for implementation. This was recognizing the frustrating lack of follow through on the many promises we hear from governments of all levels. This realization is growing. Just this week the OECD released a statement and video titled: "Time for Talk is Over: A Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) Starts Now.”

Last year, 8 years after it declared water as a human right, the UN launched a "Water Action Decade," recognizing that not enough gets done unless we collectively and intentionally focus on action.

The call for action reached an almost fever pitch in Canada last Friday when hundreds of thousands took to the streets for the Climate Strike. We as Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame were in Montreal and many other places. I heard a lot of talk about how such gatherings give us hope. Movement leader, Greta Thunberg, said in her Ted Talk from last year, "Instead of looking for hope, look for action, and then hope will come." For this year, Climate Action in Visitation Province will re-visit our Corporate Stance from 2015, and gain new hope from focusing on acting on implementation.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator


Video recommendation with an environmental message: "The Man Who Planted Trees", the 30-minute 1988 beautifully animated film which won an Academy Award that year, is available free on YouTube. It is narrated by Christopher Plummer and is based on the book which tells the story of a shepherd who transformed a barren landscape by planting trees every day over many years.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa Associate

 

 

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