TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Later this month, Mardi Tindal, the
Moderator of The United Church of Canada, will join faith leaders from
around the world as they gather to bear witness at the United Nations
Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.
Tindal will be attending the conference as part of a World Council of
Churches delegation. She and the Rev. Willard Metzger, General
Secretary of the Mennonite Church Canada, will be representing a
diverse group of Canadian faith leaders from many different religious
traditions and faith-based organizations. The message they will carry
with them to Durban is an interfaith call of solidarity for leadership
and action on climate change.
"Climate change is a planetary crisis that knows no borders," says
Tindal. "There is one human family and one Earth that is our common
She explains that Canadian faith leaders are calling for leadership to
put the long-term interest of humanity and the planet ahead of
short-term economic and national concerns.
She believes the November 28-December 9, 2011, 17th Conference of the
Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change in South Africa has the potential to be a transition point where
we, as a global community, change how we think about and act to address
"Humanity's relationship with the environment has become distorted by
actions that compromise the welfare of future generations of life,"
says Tindal. "We have a moral imperative to act."
Full text news release at www.united-church.ca.
SOURCE United Church of Canada
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