People & Planet First – Development & Peace

We call on the House of Commons to adopt human rights and due diligence legislation

While global leaders are in the COP26 meetings talking about how to tackle climate change, more and more activists are being threatened and killed for protecting the forests, waters, and biodiversity that our people and our planet are most in need of. The most vulnerable members of our human family are bearing the largest burden, dealing with the worst impacts of climate change and facing negative effects of ill-planned, top-down climate “solutions”.

We know the choices we are making today will shape our communities, our economy, our health and the health of our planet for years to come, so let’s make sure our transition is towards a just economy that addresses integral human development. How can we make sure human rights are respected and environmental harm avoided as we improve our global and national climate policies?

We must make sure that people and the planet are at the centre of our just recovery.

Voluntary measures are not enough

It is time to catch up! Are we ready for Canada to be a real leader in international human rights and responsible business conduct? For over a decade, Canadian companies have been expected to care for the environment and respect human rights. And yet, the lived experiences of Development and Peace partner organizations demonstrates that existing measures are not effective in preventing human and environmental abuses around the world.

We want the obligation to prevent human rights violations to be legally binding. Canadian companies will have to develop and implement human rights and environmental due diligence procedures for their entire supply and value chains, and report on it. With due diligence legislation, if a company fails to undertake reasonable steps the victims of any harm will have access to remedy and meaningful consequences through the Canadian courts.

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Laudato Si’ Environmental Team calls on you to Learn & Reflect, and then to Act!

Click on the buttons below to learn more about the campaign, to reflect on the words of Pope Francis and the call to be Good Stewards of Creation, and then to Act and sign the petition.

Common Prayer for the Sixth Anniversary of Laudato Si’

Creator God, we thank You
for the gift of life which you
lovingly wove into being.
We confess we have
not cared for your Creation.
Your world grows hotter, hungrier, sicker,
and the people and planet cry out for hope.
In Your love, Lord, we answer
for we know that things can change.
Give us the courage to bring
Laudato Si’ to life
to care for all communities and species
suffering from environmental harm.
Bless all who labor for an integral ecology
that they might inspire others to discover
Your face in our suffering and beautiful world.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.