Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Divestment or What? Economic Tools for Creation Advocacy in a Time of Crisis.

Save the Date:  6th Annual Forum,  March 1, 2014

Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces and the Toronto United Church Council’s Green Awakening Network invite you to join us for our 2014 Annual Forum.
The theme of the 2014 forum is "Divestment or What? Economic Tools for Creation Advocacy in a Time of Crisis."  Its purpose is to create a space where we can openly explore the dilemma presented by our personal and institutional enmeshment in a fossil-fuel based economy. The "‘Do the Math" campaign has highlighted for many of us the disastrous environmental consequences of continued reliance on fossil fuels – and yet many of our private and institutional investment strategies are built around that reliance. What is the way forward?
  • Is there a moral imperative for faith communities to divest from fossil fuels and invest in a clean energy future?                                                                 
  • Are there alternative green investment strategies open to Canadian institutions that rely on return on capital to fund good work?                                              
  • What are some of the practical, economic and fiduciary restraints facing charities, faith communities, and individuals that need to be understood?


March 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave, Toronto

Registration Cost:  $15 (includes light refreshments)

Highlights: Confirmed keynote speakers include Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, and Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner and Global Head of Responsible Investment at Mercer.  The forum will also include a screening of "Do the Math" and an Eco-Fair featuring local green social enterprises.

This will be the first forum of its kind to target Canada’s faith sector in an exploration of the economic tools available to us to help shape a clean energy future for the next generation.  We hope you can join us for what we know will be an informative and frank conversation on the topic. 

Watch this space for registration and event details!
Peace and blessings to all,

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