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November 5, 2015

CANADA: Prayer Chain for Paris

Canadians are praying for climate justice every hour of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris.

What do we pray for? We pray for Canadian leadership to act with boldness, compassion, and fairness at the Paris negotiations. We pray that international leaders will agree on international emissions reductions targets that will limit climate change. We pray for an international agreement that will meaningfully help developing nations and island states anticipate and adapt to climate change. We pray for those across Canada and the world who are, and will be, displaced from their homes, exposed to violence, and threatened by hunger because of climate change.

Climate change presents us with a moral challenge that calls upon the spiritual resources and action of all of our faithful communities. ~Joe Gunn, Executive Director of CPJ

What's expected of you? Pray however you are comfortable. An hour of Prayers for Paris can be offered by one person in their bedroom, a family around a candle in the living room, a congregation gathered in a sanctuary, or a group of friends going for a walk in the park -- it's up to you!

Canadians are praying throughout Paris climate change talks from November 29 to December 11.

The chain begins with an Ottawa interfaith gathering, and then prayerful participation in Ottawa's climate march from 1-4 pm on November 29, the day before Paris talks begin. Faithful citizens, congregations, and parishes across the nation are invited to carry these prayers forward, one hour at a time. For more on how to commit to an hour of prayer, click here.

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