{mosimage}BURLINGTON, Ont. - For 32 summers, Prof. Josef Svoboda and a small band of students would trundle off from Toronto to Canada’s far north where they would spend their days measuring tiny flowers, counting samples of small plants and monitoring weather patterns and the melting of glaciers. And in the long evenings under the midnight sun, they would talk about life, the universe and God.

Our Green Issue



Editor's note: As concern for the environment raises new heights, it's worth exploring what Christians are doing about the crisis, and what Christian theology has to say. This package of stories highlights some of the ways Christians, particularly Roman Catholics, are grappling with the issue.


Di Caprio takes us to environmental hell


{mosimage}The Redemptorist Fathers used to be famous for three-day parish retreats. Many of the older men in the order can tell stories of years they spent driving town to town, spending a week in each parish they visited concluding with a marathon of preaching.

Northern culture threatened by melting ice caps


{mosimage}An ice-fisher from Sachs Harbour, NWT, and a sugar-cane farmer from the Fiji Islands have more in common than some may think.

Cap-and-trade system keeps markets honest


{mosimage}If capitalism can save the planet, it’s running out of time in Canada where market-based approaches to greenhouse gas reduction have yet to be tried.

Kairos conference to tackle climate change


{mosimage}As Kairos — Canada’s national, ecumenical social justice coalition — rolls out its newest campaign, suburbanite and activist Dorothy Wilson is excited.

D&P: environmentalists from day one

{mosimage}The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has helped finance 49 projects or organizations around the world with an environmental focus between 2002 and 2007.

St. Stephen’s aims for zero waste


{mosimage}TORONTO - Wearing plastic gloves, Carolyn Tran remembers rooting through her school’s garbage with her classmates taking an inventory of all the discarded recyclables.

Saturday school helps reconnect with church

TORONTO - The last place you might expect to find school-aged children on a Saturday morning would be, well, at school. But at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Toronto, 150 children, youth and parents attended sacramental preparation classes every Saturday morning for nine months last year.

Sisters aid theology students

{mosimage}TORONTO - You can count on the sisters, especially if you’re studying theology with the Jesuits in Toronto.

Loyola conference at Regis

{mosimage}TORONTO - What was St. Ignatius of Loyola talking about in the 16th century, and why does it matter now?