Development & Peace– Caritas Canada
Fall 2021 – People & Planet First
Climate Change – UN declares “Code Red for Humanity”
In Canada, most people can speak out freely when injustice is committed. In many countries of the Global South, however, communities are threatened when they seek to protect their rights, especially their right to a healthy environment. This climate of insecurity is often fuelled by the presence and influence of corporations, sadly many of which are Canadian.
Undaunted, many vulnerable communities fight courageously to defend their rights, their lands and the environment against corporate harm.
This fall, Development and Peace’s People and Planet First campaign invites you to stand in solidarity with the defenders and celebrate their work, inspired by the words of Pope Francis, who says that “a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’, 49). These cries are too often silenced by powerful companies that plunder resources in countries of the Global South, without regard for people’s fundamental human and environmental rights.
While heads of state are meeting in October and November to talk about how to address climate change in summits like the G20 or COP26, more and more activists in the Global South face dangers for protecting the biodiversity so crucial for our people and our planet. The most vulnerable members of our human family are bearing the triple burden of experiencing the worst impacts of climate change, of being overlooked in top-down climate discussions, and of being threatened and/or criminalized for speaking out.
G20 Rome Summit – October 2021
The G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will be held in Rome on October 30th and 31st 2021 , with the participation of the G20 Heads of State and Government, of their counterparts from invited countries, and of the representatives of some of the main international and regional organizations.
In 2021 the international community will need to show courage and ambition in order to overcome the great challenges of today: from recovering from the pandemic to addressing climate change, from supporting innovation to overcoming poverty and inequality.
COP26 UN Summit on Climate Change – October 31 to November 12 2021
- Finalise the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris Agreement operational) – What countries must do to achieve zero emissions by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
- Accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society.
WHY DOES LIMITING TEMPERATURE RISE TO 1.5 DEGREES MATTER?
At 2 degrees of global warming, there would be widespread and severe impacts on people and nature. A third of the world’s population would be regularly exposed to severe heat, leading to health problems and more heat-related deaths.
Almost all warm water coral reefs would be destroyed, and the Arctic sea ice would melt entirely at least one summer per decade, with devastating impacts on the wildlife and communities they support. We cannot rule out the possibility that irreversible loss of ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic
could be triggered, leading to several metres of sea level rise over centuries to come.
At 1.5°C, the impacts would be serious, but less severe. There would be lower risks of food and water shortages, lower risks to economic growth and fewer species at risk of extinction. Threats to human health from air pollution, disease, malnutrition and exposure to extreme heat would also be lower.
That is why every fraction of a degree of warming matters, and why we are dedicated to keeping the prospect of holding temperature rises to 1.5 degrees alive.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, a democratic movement for international solidarity, supports partners in the Global South in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political and economic structures.
We pray for Development and Peace’s partners; may they continue, through our support, to build a world of kindness, justice and peace.
After the Storm: Building the Pope Francis Village, the Philippines
This 47-minute documentary, is an inspiring journey that follows poor coastal communities in Tacloban, the Philippines who lost everything to Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. When local organizations supported by Development and Peace –Caritas Canada arrive to work alongside these communities, they are confronted by survivors who are dispossessed, living in tents, dependent on aid, and facing eviction from the land they have always known.
But what happens when you bring the people together? When they are given a voice and a chance to be heard? When they know how to take action?
Find out in After the Storm, as Development and Peace works with 550 families to transform a piece of land into new homes, a new community, and new lives for over 1300 survivors…
Webinar D & P partnership in Honduras
Solidarity in Action…
Advocacy – For the Love of Creation
Advocacy for global justice is something that the members of Development and Peace see as integral to their faith commitment. As humanity faces an unprecedented ecological crisis in the decade ahead, advocacy that cares for our common home is vital.
View the D&P Webinar on advocating for government commitment to action on climate change and saving our Common Home –
Women are on the frontlines of the pandemic, both because of its specific negative impacts on them and because they play vital roles in their families’ and communities’ response to it. Want to make a small gesture of solidarity with womankind? Our week’s theme is youth engagement. Consider writing to an inspiring young woman in your life