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From November 30-December 12, world leaders, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and others will gather at the COP28 conference in Dubai to advance action on addressing the climate emergency.

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 members 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 not meeting our commitments to assist countries in the Global South to transition to low carbon energy sources and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This cannot continue. 

In recognition of the need for change, For the Love of Creation invites groups across Canada to host candlelight vigils in their own communities on the weekend of December 8-10, 2023. This will be a time to reflect and share our love for our planet, our concern for ourselves, humanity and all our non-human relations at risk from climate change. It is also a time to share hopes for truly transformative action to happen at COP and through each other. This invitation coincides with and complements Human Rights Day on December 10.

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 global Loss & Damage Fund. For the Love of Creation will be providing more information in the coming weeks on our advocacy asks for COP28 too. We will amplify each other’s voices by acting on the same weekend. Let’s light up the whole Canadian map!

The For the Love of Creation COP28 Animators’ Circle will be helping to organize Candles for COP vigils but we need more volunteers across the country to help organize these moments of public witness with us. 


Candles for COP27: Vigils for Climate Justice 
Candles For COP27 Vigils (video)

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