By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Climate change and ecological justice will be the focus of an address by Joe Gunn, executive director, Citizens for Public Justice when he visits Welland.
Gunn is guest speaker for St. Kevin Parish’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Night, tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 23.
His address is titled: “Living Faithfully Into a New Climate – Christian Responses to Ecological Justice at the Paris Climate Summit.”
Timing of the address in Welland could not be more perfect. It is only days before the Paris climate conference opens and not long after release of the Pope’s encyclical letter, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You) so the topic should be high profile.
Gunn is well versed on ecological justice, the encyclical letter and the climate summit. He has written pieces for various publications about them and in addition, ecological justice is a focal point of CPJ.
Citizens for Public Justice is an ecumenical, non-profit organization that promotes justice in Canadian public policy through research and analysis. Their current work is focused on poverty reduction, ecological justice, and refugee rights. CPJ defines Public Justice as the political dimension of loving one’s neighbor, caring for creation, and achieving the common good.
Distinguished Speaker Night is open to the community, no tickets are required.
Tomorrow’s will be the 18th Distinguished Speaker Night at St. Kevin’s. Previous guests have included journalists Joe Fiorito and Michael Valpy, theologians and social justice activists Father Bill Ryan SJ, and Mary Jo Leddy, and Merton scholar and academic Michael Higgins.
(Joe Barkovich, a former reporter and city editor, lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)