Environment and Climate Change

As Unitarians, we believe that humans are responsible for their actions and that we have a moral imperative to act. CUSJ is facing this challenge through practical actions: lobbying MPs against pipelines, encouraging congregational divestment from fossil fuels, and supporting alternative energies.

CUSJ at the March for Science in Toronto, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Climate change

The 2021 Climate Change Performance index shows Canada in 58th place, out of 61 nations, placing us in the “very poor” category.  The scale measures GHG emissions, amount of renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.

Since this page was last updated in 2017, the issues related to the struggle against fossil fuel expansion, subsidies to fossil fuel companies,  divestment of investments in fossil fuels, and general efforts to take climate change seriously are all on-going.  In 2020 both Canada and some provinces declared Climate emergencies.  Activists have been working hard to stop banks from investing in fossil fuels, pension funds from investing in them, and insurance companies from insuring them.  The uptake in Canada is relatively slow toward wind and solar.  The debate continues to rage around whether nuclear or natural gas can be declared green energy.  CUSJ continues to stand against investing in them.

If you want to keep up with the latest that is going on in the world on climate change and energy a very good newsletter that comes out three times a week will keep you very well informed:  The Energy Mix

CUSJ follows the work of one of our partners, The Climate Action Network

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