September 1, 2016
Montreal, September 1st, 2016 — Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is launching today its new education and action campaign At the Heart of the Action to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The aim of the campaign is to inform Canadians of small family farming as a solution to climate change, while presenting the organization’s rich history and the impact of its mobilization campaigns in Canada and elsewhere in the world since 1967.
This fall, Development and Peace is continuing the work it started last year on climate change, by approaching the matter from the point of view of agriculture. In fact, given that small family farming feeds the vast majority of the world’s population using less than a quarter of agricultural land, Development and Peace is calling for support for an agricultural model that enables small family farmers, here and elsewhere, to live dignified lives and to feed their communities while respecting our common home, the planet Earth.
A postcard addressed to the Prime Minister asks how Canada expects to meet its commitment to invest $2.65 billion between now and 2020 towards support for people in the Global South who are severely impacted by climate change. It calls on the Canadian government to take into consideration the vital role of small family farming in the Global South in cooling the planet and fighting against world hunger.
Along with the At the Heart of the Action campaign, Development and Peace invites Canadians to celebrate 50 years of solidarity by revisiting the defining moments of the organizations over the past 50 years and by renewing its commitment to a just world.
“In moving towards our jubilee, we have chosen, during our next three campaigns, to underline our accomplishments from an historical perspective, while looking toward the future and toward spreading our movement and our actions, here and elsewhere,” states Josianne Gauthier, the organization’s In-Canada Programs Director.