Development and Peace – Caritas Canada signs on to the Leap Manifesto, a call for Canada based on caring for the earth and one another

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is proud to announce its endorsement of the Leap Manifesto, which is a hopeful call for transformation of the Canadian economic model, from an unequal economy based on resource extraction and fossil fuels towards one that is based on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and economic and social justice. In signing the Manifesto, Development and Peace joins Canada’s social, faith, and labour movements for Indigenous rights, social and food justice, and environmental justice in making a bold leap towards a vision of our country which allows for all of us to live sustainably in dignity.

The Leap Manifesto was launched in 2015, the same year as Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, as the world was preparing for the Paris Climate Conference, COP21. Both of these important calls to action invite us to join in the movement for a better world, and that it is possible to both address the world’s environmental crisis and reduce income inequality at the same time.

This non-partisan call is based on our common values: respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights, internationalism, human rights, diversity, and environmental stewardship.

The manifesto’s calls to action include:

  • Respect for the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land, who are the Indigenous communities and to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Shift from our fossil-fuel based economy towards renewable resources, as we called for in our 2015 fall campaign, “Create a Climate of Change”;
  • No new investments in fossil fuel extraction projects or infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines and fracking, and new investments in public transit and high-speed energy-efficient rail;
  • A local and ecological agricultural system, as we called for in our 2016 campaign “At the Heart of the Action”;
  • To put an end to all trade deals “that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects”;
  • To expand low-carbon sectors of the economy, such as caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media, and to ensure a living wage for all;
  • To reorganize taxation systems to reduce inequalities, introduce a progressive carbon tax, and cut military spending;
  • To welcome refugees and migrants seeking safety and a better life, knowing that Canada has contributed to military conflicts and climate change, which are primary causes of the global refugee crisis.

Read the complete Leap Manifesto here. Groups and individuals are welcome to endorse the manifesto through the website.

Please note that Development and Peace – Caritas Canada does not in any way explicitly endorse the work of any other group that may endorse the Manifesto.