Campaigns for Raising Awareness
Your green team could organize a campaign for raising environmental awareness in the faith community, at different times of the year. A poster, leaflet, petition, demonstration … Join with environmental organizations for the event.
Our Christian concern is to proclaim “good news”, so environmental awareness should be done with love and hope. Campaigns below come from different organizations, and sometimes Green Church Program.
Anytime of the year
Bottled Water Free Zone (all year)
The bottling and selling of water creates a culture where drinking water is viewed as a commodity or a private good, available only to those who can afford to pay. Furthermore, less than 5% of platic bottles are recycled, which creates a huge amount of waste. The alternative is to pour tap water in a hiking water bottle. Cheers!
> Download the “Bottled Water Free Zone” poster in the Posters.
Meatless Mondays / Meatless Fridays
(all year / Green Churches)
The “Meatless Monday” movement was born on the west coast and its popularity has grown. It isn’t without reminding us the (mostly forgotten) catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays. If your faith community chooses to raise awareness about meatless Mondays or Fridays, the result will remain the same: a shrinking of your ecological footprint related to factory farming and a healthier way of life.
> Two beautiful posters are available in the Posters.
350 Movement (all year / 350.org)
The 350 movement takes its name from the climatologists’ conclusion about the optimal concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere (350 ppm) in order for the global climate to remain stable. Before the industrial era, the concentration was 280ppm, but it has now reached 400ppm in 2014. The 350 movement supports local groups who launch campaigns and reduce our impact on the climate.
> Discover the “Get Involved” section of 350.org .
Green Passeport (all year / UN)
We go on holidays for pleasure, to discover new horizons, to relax, to meet people and to learn about different cultures. Most of the time, we are not aware that the choices we make for our holiday can have an impact on the environment and on the people that live there. The objective of the Green Passport is to raise awareness to the fundamentals of sustainable tourism.
> Share the Green Passport .
Nature Challenge (all year / David Suzuki Foundation)
As a mechanism to promote public awareness and action with regard to the Foundation’s four focuses, the Foundation created the Nature Challenge program. In consultation with the Union of Concerned Scientists the Foundation researched the most effective ways to help conserve nature and improve our quality of life, and invited the public to embrace them in their daily lives.
>Try the Nature Challenge.
Specific times of the year
National Sweater Day (February 6 / WWF)
We hope National Sweater Day was a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy, and inspired you to use less heat all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada, and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 million tons.
> Prepare for National Sweater Day.
Eco-Valentine (February 14 / Green Churches)
Give your Valentine a gift of fair trade chocolate on Valentine’s Day! Your love for the one close to your heart will reach out to embrace the workers in developping countries whose labour produces the cocoa, often in unjust conditions. Who knew that the legend of Saint Valentine, a 3rd century priest, could inspire ecological action?
A 5-R Lent (March / Green Churches)
Earth Hour (last Saturday of March / WWF)
Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 29th 2014, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. You may want to share this time with your church congregation and make it a time for prayer. A candlelight service perhaps? This event allows us to shed some light (!) on the abuse of fossil fuels and its impact on climate change (and human rights). If you are not able to hold a church gathering, you can mark Earth Hour at home by turning off your lights and any unnecessary equipment.
Earth Day (April 22 / UN)
It’s the buzz of the town every year. Encourage your Christian community to participate in an event in your area. Invite an environmental group to use the facilities of the church. Put up Earth Day posters.
> Discover all our tools on Earth Day for Churches .
>Visit Earth Day Canada .
Fair Trade Fortnight (May / Fairtrade Canada)
It’s only the best time of the year for anyone who loves Fair Trade and wants to spread the news throughout Canada! Running May 1-15, it’s when everyone gets together to do fun stuff in support of Fair Trade, from big public events, to special promotions in stores, to quiet efforts at home.
>Visit FairTrade Canada.
International Biodiversity Day (May 22 / Green Churches)
During the UN Decade for Biodiversity (2011-2020), highlight the Biodiversity Day by watching a video during the Sunday worship, invite a speaker on biodiversity (from a university, a zoo, an environmental organization). In addition, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity of the UN in Montreal (Quebec), Canada.
> A beautiful poster of Noah’s Ark is available in the Posters.
World Environment Day (June 5 / UNEP)
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries.
Season of Creation
Every year, from September 1st to October 4th, churches are called to participate in the “Season of Creation”. The World Council of Churches has been promoting this theme since 2008. This special time of year has gained popularity in Europe, and the United Church of Canada was the first to celebrate it here in Canada. In 2017, all churches are invited to celebrate the “Season of Creation” in their faith community. The Green Churches Network is happy to offer a “box” of resources designed to make creation care more relevant and “doable” for your church. Find more resources here.
Buy Nothing Day (last Friday of November / Adbusters)
The journey toward a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year. Buy Nothing Day was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave and subsequently promoted by Adbusters magazine, based in Canada.
> For some great ideas, visit Adbusters.
Green Christmas (December / Green Churches)
On one hand, you find a baby in a manger, the simplicity of shepherds and Mary pondering these events in her heart. On the other hand, the mountain of gifts under the tree, the banquet of wasted food and the ton of trash at the end. What is left of the spiritual significance of Christmas? Green Church wishes you a very Merry Green Christmas.