Reflecting. Sharing hope. Grounding ourselves in relation to the earth. Thinking globally, acting locally. Sending good energy
for transformation. Making a deep embodied commitment.
In-person Gatherings will happen across the country in: Nova Scotia: Prospect; Quebec: Montreal; Ontario: Ottawa, Newmarket, Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo; Manitoba: Brandon; Saskatchewan: Regina, British Columbia: Kamloops, Burnaby, Victoria, Yukon: Whitehorse.
Plus, online options in Atlantic Time (hosts in NS/PEI) and Mountain Time (hosts in Edmonton/Calgary)
And many more people praying and holding vigils in their own spaces, including special invitations in Saskatoon and Thunder Bay. The COP27 proceedings and decisions will be uplifted across Canada this weekend. See details below.
From November 6th – 18th of this year, world leaders will gather at the COP27 conference in Egypt to discuss their plans to address global heating.
Despite increasingly clear evidence of the climate emergency, leaders across the world and particularly in Canada are failing to take the decisive action needed to protect our world, and particularly the most vulnerable member of the global community. Canada has yet to reduce our national emissions, our government continues to approve and subsidize new fossil fuel infrastructure, and we are falling behind in our commitments to fund energy transitions in less developed countries. This cannot continue.
In recognition of the need for change, members of ClimateFast and For the Love of Creation invite groups across Canada to host candlelight vigils in their own communities on the weekend of November 11-13, 2022. This will be a time to reflect and share our love for our planet, our concern for ourselves and our fellow human beings at risk from climate change, and our hopes for truly transformative action to happen at COP and through each other. This invitation coincides with and complements the call for a Global Day of Action on November 12. Candlelight vigils are already being planned in several places.
We encourage people to use their local events to highlight local climate-related issues that are important to them, as well as international issues such as the demand for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. Information on key pan-Canadian asks will be provided in advance of the date. We will amplify each other's voices by acting on the same weekend. Let's light up the whole Canadian map!
If you or a group you are part of is interested in hosting a vigil, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add your event details to the national list. Check back regularly. Local events will be listed here.
before the 8:30 AM mass
St. Elizabeth Church in St. Elizabeth Village, 1 Yates
Gate. Open to the public.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Location: Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail @ Lougheed Hwy
11:00 AM ET
Mary Allen Park in
Organized by Burning Bush Forest Church and Pastors in
Online – Atlantic Time
1:00 PM Atlantic Time
Diocesan Environment Network (DEN) will be holding a virtual vigil, led and hosted by the DEN Morning Prayer group. Please attend with a candle or light or a symbol that works for you.
2:00 – 2:45 PM Eastern Time
Guelph City Hall Square. Hosted by Kairos Guelph.
5:30 – 6:30 PM Central Time
Albert Street Bridge, east side
Candles will be provided. You are encouraged to bring a sign with your climate concerns.
Hosted by KAIROS Regina.
Online – Mountain Time
6:30 PM Mountain Time
COP27: Vigils for Climate Justice, with a Jewish twist.
Led by Edmonton's Temple Beth Ora and Calgary's Temple Bnai Tikvah
People of all faiths and from around Canada are welcome to join us!
At Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Organized by Holy Cross
and York Region KAIROS Group.
Human Rights Monument at 200 Elgin Street. Organized
by Ottawa Quakers.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Garden of the Provinces and Territories (corner of Bay
and Sparks streets)
All are encouraged to bring a sign with climate
concerns. Hosted by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Candles for COP27
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM YST
Whitehorse United Church
10:00 AM PT
Lighting a candle for the environment in worship.
In person and on Zoom
10:00 AM PT
A candlelight vigil for COP27 during our worship service
Prospect, and Prospect Road area, Nova Scotia
1:00 – 2:00 PM AT at Terence Bay Community Hall,
Terence Bay, NS
2:30 – 3:30 PM at St Timothy’s Anglican Church parking
Organized by the Reverend Margaret Sagar (retired UCC),
The Reverend Victoria Byrne (retired ACC) and Sandra Hennigar (UCC). We will focus
on local climate concerns.
3:00 PM 3:50 PM PT
A 50 minute walking vigil, starting and ending at First Met United on Quadra
5:00 PM ET – at Trinity St. Paul’s United
5:30 PM ET – Walking to Matt Cohen Park
5:45 – 6:30 PM ET – Music, poems, prayers
6:00 – 7:00 PM CST
Knox United Church
In person and Live-streamed
6:00 PM EST
Join us at a candlelight vigil in the park adjacent to Minister
Guilbeault's office, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada.
Coordinating with ForOurKids_Montreal and Mères Au Front.
Members are invited to light such a candle at one of their meals on
Our Saviour’s Lutheran
University of Toronto
5:10 PM ET
In the St. Mike’s Quad (behind Carr Hall, St. Joseph
Organized by St. Mike’s Campus Ministry and the Elliott
Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology