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United Church's Mardi Tindal on faith leaders and climate: "This is our work"

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When it comes to climate change action and the role of faith leaders, “the public, as well as the government, recognize how significant our voices are,” says Mardi Tindal, author and former moderator of the United Church of Canada. Recently, she has been communicating with Minister McKenna, Environment and Climate Change, and discussing how to pull in more religious leadership.

It hasn’t always been that way. Ten years ago, when Mardi was writing letters, giving interviews and presentations, and arguing that faith leaders have an enormous responsibility to speak to the moral and spiritual opportunity of the moment, “the thought at the time seemed to be that this wasn’t church business,” she recalls. “I was told, 'stick to your knitting.'”

Almost a decade ago, at the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Mardi remembers being the only North American church leader present. “There’s been a slowness to engage, which is not the norm for say European and African leaders,” she says. “But we’re catching up. There has been a huge shift in the convictions of people of faith.”

Pointing to recent research, Mardi believes that this shift is happening across the board, and Canadians in general, are now asking politicians what the plan is so that they can participate in it. “There’s less denial. Canadians are seeing and feeling in their own........

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