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At the People’s Climate March

“It was amazing and empowering to be a part of it,” said Sister Janet Fraser of the People’s Climate March in Toronto on September 21, 2014. “It was wonderful to see so many people arrive, to know I am in communion with all these people.” 
 
The Toronto Star reported that over 3000 people gathered at Nathan Phillips Square as part of a global movement of people making a statement to coincide with the United Nations summit taking place in New York on September 23. Following speakers, participants walked along Queen St. W, to University Ave, to Dundas St. W, to Yonge St, to Queen St. W, and then back to Nathan Phillips Square.
 
The purpose of the People’s Climate March was to demonstrate to world leaders that people need and want decisive action out of the Paris summit (the 2015 Conference of Parties) on climate issues including limiting greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
“It was a joy for me to be involved in this because I find I can live my faith by how I live my life every day,” said Sister Janet. Since 1997, she has been involved in telling the new story of creation to interested groups. In the picture at the beginning of this article, she is telling the Earth Story to young adults at a Theology on Tap session.  She has participated in her share of marches. Living in right relationship with all creation is part of her charism as a Sister of St. Joseph. 
 
“We now know that the earth is one living being. We are a part of it. Consequently, what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves,” she said.
 
This knowledge took her to Nathan Phillips Square on September 21 to participate in a very peaceful, energetic march with a green heart as its symbol. 
 
“Together, we can act,” she said. 
 
Gisela Côté
 

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