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See the signatories , which now number 206, below the declaration.

As faith leaders, we believe that unchecked climate change is one of the greatest threats to peace and prosperity for our world.

Hotter global temperatures caused mainly by the build-up of carbon dioxide and other fossil fuel-based emissions in the atmosphere mean more intense droughts, more extreme weather events such as flooding, intensified smog episodes in our cities, and the extinction of many global plant and animal species.

If left unaddressed, the effects of climate change will cause great harm to people around the globe. The poorest and least responsible for the problem will be most vulnerable to the effects of uncontrolled climate change. The effects will include severe famine and significant upheaval and dislocation of people, creating hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing from regions that no longer support viable ecosystems for human survival. These impacts present a great threat to world peace as conflict over natural resources such as water and food is exacerbated.

We must take action.

This year marks an unparalleled opportunity to solve the problem of climate change, as world leaders gather for the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

We know Canadians care and want Canada to play a constructive role in the Copenhagen climate change talks. As faith leaders we are taking action in our communities to address climate change. We're taking action because we can build a better world—a world based on justice, fairness, and doing the right thing for people and the planet.

But we can't do it alone. We are calling on the Canadian government and other world leaders to sign onto a strong deal in Copenhagen to address climate change for the sake of our environment, economy, and the health of Canadians.

We urge Canada to lead in this international meeting and seek a constructive solution to ensure global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to safe levels based on the best scientific information. International efforts must ensure the global average temperature does not exceed 2°C from pre-industrial levels — a threshold that leading scientific academies say must not be breached if we are to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.

A strong climate treaty is vital to global efforts to avert dangerous climate change. It is part of our collective responsibility as stewards of creation. We are at a crossroads. Let us take the path in that builds peace, creates green jobs, fosters healthy communities, lifts millions out of poverty, and puts renewable energy into the hands of citizens around the world.

Signatories

  • Bob Worcester (co-chair of the EcoJustice Unit of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster)
  • Susan Grace Draper (BC-Yukon KAIROS network)
  • Sister Cecilia Hudec
  • Patsi Longmire (Church Board, Saint Margaret's Cedar Cottage, Anglican Church of Canada)
  • Sallie McFague (Distinguished Theologian in Residence, Vancouver School of Theology; Carpenter Professor of Theology Emerita, Vanderbilt University Divinity School)
  • Rabbi Dr. Robert A. Daum (Director, Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre; Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature & Jewish Thought, Vancouver School of Theology)
  • Arleen Brawley
  • Bill Chu (Chair, Canadians For Reconciliation Society)
  • The Venerable Dr. Ellen Clark-King (Anglican Church of Canada)
  • Rev. Barry Cooke
  • Chaplain Michael Dallaire
  • Sister Roma De Robertis
  • Minke de Vos (Senior Instructor, Universal Healing Tao)
  • Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson (Parish Minister, Unitarian Church of Vancouver)
  • Maureen Fowler (Founder, Be the Change: Earth Alliance)
  • Sabina Harpe (Outreach Chair, Dunbar Heights United Church)
  • Reverend Brian Heinrich (Lutheran Urban Mission Society)
  • Phillip Hewett (Minister Emeritus, Unitarian Church of Vancouver)
  • Gary Ho (CEO, Tzu Chi Foundation Canada)
  • Bishop Michael Ingham (Anglican Church of Canada)
  • Myrna Kloster
  • Aline LaFlamme (Founder/Chairperson, Good Medicine Consulting & Daughters of the Drum)
  • David Lewis
  • Angelina Martz
  • Dr. Denise Nadeau (Director Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements, Simon Fraser University)
  • Karl Perrin (Chair, Environment Committee, Unitarian Church of Vancouver; Co-Chair, Pilgrimage to Burns Bog)
  • Brian Ruhe (Director, Theravada Buddhist Community of Vancouver)
  • Lynn Sabourin (Director of Religious Education, North Shore Unitarian Church)
  • Paula Sampson (Professor of Ethics and First Nations Studies, Vancouver School of Theology)
  • Marsha Trew (Westcoast Dharma Society)
  • Jocelyn Urch Secretary (Pacific InterChristian Community)
  • Margaret Vickers
  • Ruth Walmsley (Clerk, Vancouver Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends )
  • Donna Wong-Juliani (Artistic Associate, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver)
  • The Reverend Sharon Salomons (All Saints Anglican Church, Mission B.C.)
  • Garry van Bruchem (Minister, Fonthill United Church)
  • Rev. Gordon Timbers
  • James Ferris (Charlottetown, PEI)
  • Reverend Dr. Ted Siverns
  • WH & ET Lemen (Clergy, Presbyterian Church)
  • Jeffery Barlow (Minister, St Andrew's United Church— Lachine, Quebec)
  • Reverend Steve Gillam (United Church of Canada — Dorval, Quebec)
  • Patricia Dutcher-Walls (Professor, Vancouver School of Theology)
  • Murdo Marple (Minister, Knox Presbyterian Church- Calgary, Alberta)
  • C. Joyce Hodgson (Minister, The Presbyterian Church in Canada—Sarnia, Ontario)
  • Glen Davis (Director of Denominational Formation, Vancouver School of Theology)
  • Roberta Clare (Religious Minister/Director Presbyterian Church in Canada—Maple Ridge, BC)
  • Allen Aicken (Minister, The Presbyterian Church in Canada—Maple Ridge, BC)
  • Reverend Ian Smith (United Church of Canada— Pointe-Claire, Quebec)
  • Deborah Poirier (Minister, United Church of Canada—Rawdon, Quebec)
  • Malcom Cogswell (Sutton, Quebec)
  • Reverend Darla Sloan (United Church of Canada—Quebec City, Quebec)
  • Paula Kline (Director, Montreal City Mission)
  • Ian Fraser (Minister, St. Columba by-the-Lake Presbyterian Church, Pointe-Clarie, Quebec)
  • Howard Clark (Voluntary Associate Minister, Cedar Park United Church, Pointe-Claire, Quebec)
  • Reverend Sharon Moon (Cedar Park United Church, Pointe-Claire, Quebec)
  • Eleanor Barrington (Minister, Trinity United Church, Ottawa)
  • Mardi Tindal (Moderator, United Church of Canada)
  • Tom Sherwood (Campus Chaplaincy, Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Brian Cornelius (Minister, First United Church, Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Gary Paterson (Minister, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, Vancouver, BC)
  • Kevin Dixon (Rector, St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC)
  • Bruce McAndless-Davis (Pastor, Presbyterian Church in Canada, New Westminster)
  • Seth Greenham (Chaplain, SFU Chaplaincy, Burnaby, BC)
  • Janette McIntosh (Elder, Presbyterian Church in Canada)
  • James Potter (Rev., United Church of Canada)
  • Robert Smith
  • Eleanore and James Johanson (United Church of Canada)
  • Reverend Lynne Donovan (St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church)
  • The Very Reverend Bruce McLeod (Former Moderator, United Church of Canada)
  • Alice McAlpine
  • Nancy Snow (Presbyter, United Chruch of Canada)
  • Robert Smith (Former Moderator, United Church of Canada)
  • Dr. William Close (Rev., UCC retired)
  • June Smith (Trustee, United Church of Canada)
  • Michel Gadoury
  • Wendy Maclean (Minister, United Church of Canada)
  • Neil Fernyhough (Priest-in-Charge, St. Hilda's Anglican Church)
  • Ghulam Sajan (Director, Islamic Ahlul Bayt Assembly of Canada)
  • Daraius Bharucha (Executive Officer, Zoroastrian Society of Ontario)
  • Allan Baker (Reverend, United Church of Canada)
  • Pundit Eshwar Maharaj-Doobay (Hindu Priest -Spiritual Leader, Mahama Gandhi Bhawan)
  • Samira Kanji (President/CEO, Noor Cultural Centre)
  • Parvin Contractor
  • Allen Jorgenson (Dr., Waterloo Lutheran Seminary)
  • Sam Vesuna (President, Zoroastrian Society of Ontario)
  • Fran Isaacs (Co-Chair, MOSAIC INTERFAITH)
  • Brice Balmer (Associate Professor, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary)
  • David Pfrimmer (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary)
  • Millie Rochester (Reverend, First UU Church Winnipeg)
  • Brian Burke (Minister, Trinity United Church, Port Coquitlam)
  • Wendy McNiven (Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops)
  • Mary Widmer (Pastor, Canadian Baptist of Western Canada)
  • LeAnn Blackert (Minister, Mount Paul United Church)
  • David Dranchuk (St. John Anglican Church Squamish)
  • Rev Ivy Thomas (United Church of Canada)
  • Tim Lissimore (Minister, Gabriola United Church)
  • Reverend Cheen (The Compassion Network)
  • Mary Hamm (President, Westcoast Dharma)
  • Leslie Mezei (Reverend, Interfaith Unity)
  • Dale McLean (Ladner Christian Reformed Church)
  • Sheelah Megill (Canadian Memorial United Church)
  • Apple Ament (Lady, Elgin Area Pagans (Ontario), Terrace Pagans (BC))
  • Robert Farmer (Moderator/Facilitator, Elgin Area Pagans)
  • Rev.Marion Schaffer (retired) (Presbyterian Church in Canada)
  • Rachelle Foster (Facilitator, Durham Wiccans)
  • Paul Scott (Director, Sumac)
  • Reverend Glynis Williams (The Presbyterian Church in Canada)
  • Marion Best (Former Moderator, United Church of Canada)
  • Rev Pierre Goldberger (Responsable des Ministères en Francais, Eglise Unie du Canada)
  • Rev. Wayne Walder (Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation — Toronto, Ontario) Don Collett (Principal, Therapeutic Services — North Vancouver, Ontario)
  • The Reverend Paula Porter Leggett (Anglican Church of Canada — Vancouver, BC)
  • Caroline de Gruchy (Kitchener, Ontario)
  • Joanna MacQuarrie (Rev., St. Andrew's United Church — Peterborough, Ontario)
  • The Rev. Norman Pettersson (St. Andrew's United Church — Mission, BC)
  • Reverend Julie Stoneberg (Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough — Peterborough, Ontario)
  • Karen Fraser Gitlitz (Consulting Minister, Unitarian Fellowship — Nanaimo, BC)
  • Shawn Newton (Minister, First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto)
  • Carly Gaylor (Ministerial Intern, Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Rev. Brian Kiely (Minister, Unitarian Church — Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Anne Barker (Reverend, Westwood Unitarian Congregation — Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Bruce Sanguin (Reverend, Canadian Memorial United Church and Center for Peace — Vancouver, BC)
  • Katie Stein Sather (Parish Minister, Beacon Unitarian Church — New Westminster, BC)
  • Michael Soentgerath (Diocesan Director, R.C. Diocese of Calgary — Calgary, Alberta)
  • Wendy Janzen (Pastor, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church — St. Jacobs, Ontario)
  • Allison Barrett (The Reverend, Retired, The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton — Ancaster, Ontario)
  • Rev. Fran Dearman (Interim Minister, Unitarian Church — Calgary, Alberta)
  • Penelope Witte Allderdice (Minister — Supervisor Clinical Pastoral Education, Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship — St.John's, Newfoundland)
  • Carole Martignacco (Reverend, Unitarian Universalists of North Hatley — North Hatley, Quebec)
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  • Diane Rollert (Rev., Unitarian Church of Montreal — Montreal, Québec)
  • Lynda MacLeod (First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo — Kitchener, Ontario)Julie Denny Hughes (The Rev., Universalist Unitarian Church — Halifax, Nova Scotia )
  • Evans Rubara (Policy & Advocacy Advisor, Norwegian Church Aid/Council of Churches in Zambia — Lusaka,)
  • Debra Faulk (Rev., Don Heights Unitarian Congregation — Toronto, Ontario)Rev. Jessica Rodela (Minister, First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo — Kitchener, Ontario)
  • Shirley Knutson (congregant, united church of canada — waterville, Nova Scotia)
  • Ann Russell (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Reverend Kathy Sage (Kingston Unitarian Fellowship — Kingston, Ontario)
  • Celeste Reinhart (Waterdown, Ontario)
  • Brian Kopke (Minister Emeritus, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa — Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Jennifer Cunnings (United Church of Canada — Vancouver, BC)
  • Susan Du Moulin (Minister of Pastoral Care, Canadian Memorial United Church — Vancouver, BC)
  • Patricia Binchy (Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Cheryl Jack (Minister Emeritus UUCD`, Minister Emeritus, UU Congregation of Durham Region — Whitby, Ontario)
  • Anne Treadwell
  • Rev. Jeffrey Brown (Minister, Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga — Mississauga, Ontario)
  • Jagessar Das (Chair, Kabir Association of Canada — Surrey, BC)
  • Dave Diewert (Organizer, Streams of Justice — Vancouver, BC)
  • Dorothy Naylor (Minister, First United Church — Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Rev. Frances Deverell (Unitarian Minister — Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Thomas Nichols (Presbyterian Church in Canada — Vancouver)
  • Rev. Dr. William J. Wassner (Executive Director, United Religious Community of St. Joseph County — South Bend, IL)
  • Dan Chambers (President, BC Conference, United Church of Canada — West Vancouver, BC)
  • Eric Hamlyn (Youth & Young Adult Ministry Facilitator, United Church of Canada — Vancouver, BC)
  • Carolyn Barber ( Toronto, ONtario)
  • Anna White (Community Co-ordinator, Camp Fircom Society — Vancouver, BC)
  • Barry Morris (Minister, Longhouse Ministry Church — Vancouver, BC)
  • Valerie Taylor (Clergy, West Point Grey United Church — Vancouver, BC)
  • Sharon Copeman (Reverend, United Church of Canada — Vancouver, BC)
  • Reverend Sandra Severs (First United Church Mission — Vancouver, BC)
  • Esther Epp-Tiessen (Peace Ministries Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee Canada — Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Phyllis Smyth (Rev. Dr., United Church of Canada — Montreal, Quebec)
  • Brian Laverty (Pastor, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship — Kitchener, Ontario)
  • Mohammad Ali (Imam, B C Muslim Association — Vancouver, BC)
  • Aaron Zerah (Rev., Interfaith Ministry — Sechelt, BC)
  • Darren Kropf (Pastor, Breslau Mennonite Church — Kitchener, Ontario)
  • William MacKinnon (,First-Pilgrim United Church — Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Anne Squire (Former Moderator, United Church of Canada — Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Mohamad Rachid (Imam, Richmond Jami' Mosque — Richmond, BC)
  • Jon Nofziger (Peace and Development Education, Mennonite Central Committee BC — Abbotsford, BC)
  • Dianne Ollerenshaw (Minister, Director of Regional Ministries, The Synod of Alberta and the Northwest, The Presbyterian Church in Canada — Calgary, Alberta)
  • Hugh Jack (Rev., St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church — Lethbridge, Alberta)
  • Debra Mair (Chair, Social Responsibility Council, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa — Ottawa, Ontario)
  • John C. Bryan (Presient, BWB Consultants Ltd. — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Michelle Knight (Director's assistant, Montreal City Mission — Montreal, Québec)
  • Ian McDonald (Presbyterian Church in Canada — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Harris Athanasiadis (Minister, Presbyterian Church in Canada — Toronto, Ontario)
  • William MacLellan (Minister, Rosedale Presbyterian Church — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Betty Lynn Schwab (Co-ordinating Minister, The United Church of Canada — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Stephen Scharper (Associate Professor, University of Toronto — Toronto, Ontario)
  • Sandra Leigh (Director, Give Peace a Chant! — Vancouver, BC)
  • The Rev. Dr., Sylvia Dawne Cleland (West Point Grey Presbyterian Church — North Vancouver, BC)
  • Katherine Burgess (Reverend, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church— Quebec City, Quebec)
  • Ric Matthews (Minister of the Mission, First United Church Vancouver — Vancouver, BC)
  • Dr. Saad Bahr (Imam, Chairman of BOG, Islamic Society of British Columbia — Port Coquitlam, BC)
  • Paul Myers (Minister, Presbyterian Church in Canada — Gibsons, BC)
  • Richard Peisinger (Sustainability Coordinator — Halifax, Shambhala — Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • William Roberts (Whistler, BC)
  • Christine Michell (Unitarian Church of Calgary — Calgary, Alberta)
  • Margaret Sagar (Reverend, Minister of United Church of Canada — Terence Bay, Nova Scotia)
  • Janet Vickers (Social Responsibility Administrative Support, Canadian Unitarian Council — Abbotsford, BC)
  • Karen Stevenson (Co-Chair Environmental Monitoring Committee, Canadian Unitarian Council — Edmonton, Alberta)
  • David Mivasair (Rabbi, Ahavat Olam Synagogue, InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver — Vancouver, BC)
  • Patricia Schwartzberg (Minister, South Fraser Unitarian Congregation —Surrey, BC)
  • Ross White (Minister, Cabroro Bay United Church —Victoria, BC
  • The Rev. Dr. Moderator of the Presytery of Westminster, Sylvia Dawn Cleland (West Point Grey Presbyterian Church — Vancouver, BC)
  • Reverend Terri Scallon (Gibsons United Church — Gibsons, BC)
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo
  • Alisa McClurg (First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo)
  • Reverend Clint Mooney (The United Church of Canada — Calgary, Alberta)
  • Frank Manzara (Kairos Calgary, Alberta)
  • Reverend Laura Imayoshi (Community Minister, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, BC)
  • Carol Burrows (Chair, Social Action Committee, First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo)
  • Diana Stewart (Eternal Spring United Church — Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Reverend Rodger Talbot (Presbyterian Church in Canada)
  • Reverend Josephine Mewett (United Church of Canada —Peterborough, Ontario)
  • Tim Scorer (Adult Faith Formation Team, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church — Vancouver, BC)
  • Minister Emerita, Anne Orfald (Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough)
  • Joan Driscoll (Villa St. Joseph Retreat Centre — Cobourg, Ontario)
  • Tzvi Freeman (Rabbi, Chabad.org — Thornhill, Ontario)
  • Brenda Batke-Hirschmann (Alliance for Bhikkhunis — Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Rev. Julie Van Haaften (St. James United Church -Peterborough, Ontario)
  • Linda Gregg (Director, Villa St. Joseph Retreat Centre — Cobourg, Ontario)
  • Jessica Beecham Stockton (Minister, United Church of Canada — Peterborough, Ontario)
  • William Roberts (Ordained Priest, Anglican Diocese of New Westminster — Whistler, B.C.)
  • Pandit Manny Mohabir (Spiritual Leader, Hinduism — Mississauga, Ontario)
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