Grace Lutheran Hamilton joins Give it up for the Earth! during Lent 2018

Christians across Canada are giving up practices that hurt the environment

Grace Lutheran is excited to be participating in Give it up for the Earth!, an Lenten climate change campaign from Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). Through Give it up for the Earth!, Canadian Christians will commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions during the 40 days of Lent from February 13 March 29, 2018. They will also call on the federal government to match and exceed these actions with policy changes that will move Canada further and faster towards international climate change goals.

February 18, 10:30 am:  Intro to "Give it up for the Earth! Campaign

February 25, 10:30 am: Guest Speaker: Beth Lorimer, Ecological Justice Coordinator, Kairos

March 4, 10:30 am: Guest Speaker: Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction

March 11, 10:30 am: Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. David Pfrimmer will be speaking on the impact of taxation on democracy and those who are vulnerable

March 18, 10:30 am: Guest Speaker: Lisa Magliocco, Wesley Urban Ministries, Hamilton, will be giving an update on Syrian refugees in Hamilton and their needs

"We are excited to be involved in the CPJ "Give it up for the Earth" postcard campaign this Lent and to further explore issues facing all of us here in Hamilton." Pastor Loretta Jaunzarins

Across Canada, over 110 groups (including churches, religious congregations, high schools, universities, and faith-based organizations) are gathering make their pledges and sign postcards. The postcards are addressed to Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna. They call on Canada to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry right way.

“Climate change is increasingly understood as an issue of faith. The way we live in this world is an expression of the belief that we are called to protect and care for the Earth,” says Karri Munn-Venn, senior policy analyst at CPJ. “Lent offers an opportunity to make a meaningful sacrifice while also making our voices heard. Even Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was encouraged by the initiative when we presented it to her last year!”

CPJ has already distributed over 15,000 postcards to groups across the country. Later this spring, postcards that have been returned to CPJ will be presented to Minister McKenna.

For more information, contact Pastor Loretta Jaunzarins at or 905-527-0877. To learn more about CPJ’s national campaign, go to or contact Brad Wassink at or 613-232-0275 x. 225.

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