I wonder if having faith leaders as part of the organizing committee would have made any difference in the outcome of the G20 protest marches? All during the week leading up to the G20 protests in Toronto I was remembering how the faith leaders in South Africa took on such an important role during the anti-apartheid marches and demonstrations. As well, faith leaders played an important role in Canada during that time. When there is a crisis faith leaders need to be with the people.
80 senior Leaders of eight world religions and faith based organizations from the G20 countries issued a strong and simple message to governments: honour your commitments to the poor and vuolnerable of the world - especially children. Specifically, the statement - A Time for Inspired Leadership and Action - urged political leaders - especialy those of the G8 nations to achieve the Millenium Development Goals and meet the .7% of Gross National Income target in development assistance; ensure that harmful climate change caused by humanity does not exceed a 2 degree