Limiting global warming to 2°C by the end of the century is the greatest challenge our generation is facing. Cities, businesses, communities, and individuals around the world are taking action by reducing their green house gas emissions and embracing solutions to create a sustainable future. Faith communities are also supporting this task to help care for our planet. In June 2015, the world saw the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si: On care for our common home” which focused on the environment and climate change, and asked leaders and citizens, businesses and communities around the world to act.
One year after the encyclical, the SFU Interfaith Centre, in collaboration with the SFU Sustainability Office, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and SPNAGE PR and AD Agency, is hosting a public dialogue to highlight the concrete steps that businesses, organizations, researchers and individuals in the Lower Mainland have taken to improve “our common home”.
Commitment to sustainability and climate solutions will be awarded at the event. The SFU Interfaith Laudato Si awards intends to recognize actions that have contributed to improve “our common home”, specifically actions that have helped advance cities and communities in BC as sustainable cities while caring for the people, specially the poor, who live on them. Recognition will be given in four categories: (1.) Businesses, (2.) individuals/ groups in the Arts, (3.) academics and researchers, as well as, (4.) individuals in their own capacity or non-profit organizations that have made remarkable efforts to care for “our common home” in British Columbia.