Faith Based Environmental Initiatives in Canada

Joanne Moyer: The King's University 

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

About: The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada was established in 1964 to provide a nation-wide organization for Evangelicals in Canada. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s main principles is to unite fellow evangelicals, bless Canada through their work, and be disciples of Jesus. The fellowship’s five areas of focus include church and mission; care for the vulnerable; the sanctity of life; family and community; and religious freedom.


Environmental Activities:

  • A study group including some Canadians at Calvin College’s Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship in Grand Rapids, MI, produced Earthkeeping, Christian Stewardship and Natural Resources (1980) and Earthkeeping in the Nineties: Stewardship of Creation in 1991.
  • In 1995, with a grant from Environment Canada, William Van Geest wrote a booklet: God’s Earthkeepers: Biblical Action and Reflection on the Environment. It was republished online in 2007.
  • Until 2001, when it was disbanded, the Social Action Commission included environmental concerns.
  • In partnership with the World Evangelical Alliance, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada hosted an Urban Shalom event at The King’s University on March 29th, 2017. The Urban Shalom Project is an initiative of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Creation Care Taskforce.
  • The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is working on developing a strategy for creation care engagement.



The Vice-President, Ministry Services, is currently assigned to the environmental portfolio.





A Rocha Canada

About: A Rocha is a global network of Christian organizations engaged in community conservation and environmental education. A Rocha Canada was established in 2000 and has projects in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario. Its core values are: Christian, Conservation, Community, Cross-Cultural, Cooperation


Current Environmental Activities

  • A Rocha Canada conducts hands-on conservation science, environmental education, and sustainable agriculture, with an emphasis on community.
  • Specific projects include:
    • Brooksdale Environmental Centre (Surrey, BC): species monitoring, habitat restoration, community shared agriculture, day camps, school groups, internship program
    • Houston, BC: Upper Bulkley Streamkeepers, community gardens, environmental education
    • Winnipeg, MB: Just Growing urban gardening project, day camps, Germinating Conversations engaging food growers and consumers
    • Boreal Ecology Centre (Braintree, MB): research and retreat centre
    • Cedar Haven Eco-Centre (Southern Ontario): Education, biodiversity surveys, invasive species removal, birdhouse installation
    • Windstone Farm (Eastern Ontario)
    • Hamilton (ON): Earth to Table
    • Greater Toronto Area (ON): Bird counts, habitat restoration, internship programs, watershed discipleship focus, Good Seed Sunday, creation care conferences, church visits and programs


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