KAIROS Faith Groups Across Canada send an Earth Hour Message to Harper Government

    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - For hundreds of people gathered at more than 30
KAIROS events across Canada, participating in Earth Hour was more than a
symbolic gesture - it was an act of faith and a chance to send a message to
the Harper government in Ottawa.
    KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives is a church-based.
nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works on a wide range of social
justice issues in Canada, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East,
including ecological justice.
    Young and old from all walks of life participated in events organized by
a network of local KAIROS committees in cities and towns across Canada. Some
held prayer services by candlelight, others gathered around bonfires and
watched stars, still others sang and told stories at social events.
    The events were varied, but the message to the federal government was
    "We're here because we care about all of creation," said Sara Stratton
KAIROS' Campaign Coordinator speaking at the Church of the Holy Trinity in
downtown Toronto. "We're willing to do our parts as individuals and
communities, but that won't be enough to save this planet from ecological
disaster. Our government has got to do its part. We need a just and
sustainable energy policy in this country."
    Using candle and lamplight, crowds at the KAIROS events signed banners
and postcards bearing this message that will be sent to the Prime Minister.
One of the things they're demanding the government do is to stop spending
millions to subsidize profitable oil and gas companies. They want the
government to redirect that spending to renewable and alternative energy
sources instead.
    KAIROS groups in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, Nova
Scotia and New Brunswick held Earth Hour activities. Some even got their local
municipalities to sign on to Earth Hour.
    KAIROS Earth Hour activities are just one of a series initiatives that
make up its Re-energize campaign aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. Find
out more at www.re-energize.org.

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For further information: Media Contact: Adiat Junaid, Communications
Coordinator, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, (416) 463-5312,
ext. 223, ajunaid@kairoscanada.org, www.kairoscanada.org

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