Everything is connected: together we can save our common home

February 27, 2017

“We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis, which is both social and environmental…

Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”

Pope Francis – Laudato Si’

For almost 50 years, Development and Peace has been striving for global justice and dignity for all. By addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty, we have been working to build a fair and peaceful world.

We have had many successes, but there is still much to do as the gap between the rich and poor widens and the earth faces a deepening ecological crisis, where the world’s poor—those who contribute the least to global warming--suffer the most.

In addition, millions of women and girls lack basic human rights, including the right to an education, and still continue to be victims of physical and sexual violence.

If we are to survive and thrive in the next 50 years, we need to radically transform our ways and adopt new economic and social models that are not based on limitless growth, but on equality and solidarity—on the notion that everything is connected.

This is the message of Laudato Si', Pope Francis’ second encyclical letter, which offers a framework for saving our planet, one that will mean profound changes in lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and power structures.

“The concept of limitless economic growth can no longer be an objective in and of itself. An economic model that ignores human dignity, justice, peace and the fragility of our environment is not just unacceptable, it is not viable. More than ever, we need to propose alternatives for a society based on the inherent dignity of the individual, care for the environment and rejection of systems of power that fuel inequality and injustice particularly against women and indigenous communities.”

Pope Francis – Laudato Si’

In a time when we face increasingly frequent and powerful natural disasters, famines, wars and poverty, and the greatest number of displaced people since the end of the Second World War, we need to push ourselves harder than ever to find innovative solutions.

Development and Peace is embracing this need, both in its own practices and in the world around us and we know it will have an impact on how we work with our partners and our members. We are prepared to challenge our own practices and priorities whether through our work in Canada or in our actions in the Global South, and also reflect on our commitment both to humanitarian aid and long-term development programs.

From moving away from fossil fuels and extractivism to strengthening local, democratic food systems and reducing the gender inequality gap, we need to support solutions that put people and the planet before profit.

On Thursday, March 9, Development and Peace is holding a public forum to discuss how to make this important shift. Some of our partners from here in Canada, as well as in Colombia, Tunisia and the Philippines have been invited to talk about how they have embraced sustainable, equitable and dignified ways of living and to give their views on what we all need to do next to save our “common home”.

For more information :

Please call 514 257-8711 or email info@devp.org.

About the agenda please visit: Public Forum, Art Exhibit & Music

The general public is invited to join us at the Centre St. Pierre in Montreal at 7:00 pm.

For those outside of Montreal, a podcast of the forum will be available on our website following the event.