Climate Change Requires Global Solutions, Say Faith Leaders

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 homeland."

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 climate change.

"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."

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