Faith communities urged to stay active on climate change

March 21, 2016

OTTAWA - Faith communities must stay hopeful and engaged to ensure governments live up to climate change commitments, says the leader of the United Church of Canada's delegation to last year's Paris climate change conference.

Mardi Tindal, the former moderator of the United Church of Canada, said since Paris, she is still "bumping into a lot of denial about climate change."

Tindal was a panel member March 9 at a discussion of how faith communities can follow up to the Paris conference. She appeared via Skype to reduce her carbon footprint.

She praised Canada's commitment to holding the warming of the planet to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"We now have, basically, to hold the government accountable," she said.

Tindal had four suggestions for next steps:

Tindal urged faith communities to offer encouragement and to celebrate progress instead of always criticizing.

"We are talking about a huge social transformation," she said.