The United Church of Canada, together with other churches in Canada and around the world, is deeply concerned about climate change. This issue has profound ethical and moral dimensions: climate change is being caused largely by the polluting emissions from richer, over-developed countries but the consequences will be suffered disproportionately by poorer developing nations, vulnerable ecosystems, and future generations.
Information and Action
- Ethical Challenge of Climate Change
Climate change calls us to rethink the way we live and to seek right relationship with other people, other creatures, and the planet itself.
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
In May 2014, the United Church of Canada was granted accreditation to UNEP. This means that the United Church has observer status to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP and its subsidiary bodies and can participate in meetings at this international level.
- KAIROS Climate Justice
The United Church is a part of KAIROS, who challenge us to understand climate change as an ethical issue and a justice issue requiring urgent and decisive action.
Related Partners and Programs
The United Church works in partnership with organizations in Canada and around the world to address the issue of climate change, including the following:
- Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) (Canada)
CYCC is a coalition of youth from across Canada acting locally, nationally, and globally to demand immediate and meaningful action on climate change by governmental and private sector leaders.
- Climate Action Network (CAN) Canada (Canada)
With other members of CAN, the United Church works to prevent dangerous levels of human interference in the global climate system while upholding principles of just transition with equity and justice.
- Green Communities Canada
The United Church works with national and local Green Communities members across Canada to encourage energy efficiency, affordable energy networks, eco-friendly transportation, walkable communities, and green IT.
- Greening Sacred Spaces (Canada)
Find resources to assist with creating Green Teams in your congregation. An initiative of Faith and the Common Good.
- KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
This is the United Church's key ecumenical partner in Canada focused on climate justice and sustainability. It has many program and worship resources for climate change and energy campaigns.
- Pacific Peoples' Partnership (Canada)
Works with peoples of the Pacific region where global warming threatens the viability of many small islands, negatively impacting access to fresh water, food sovereignty with the depletion of marine resources and the destruction of coral reefs by changing temperatures.
- The World Council of Churches Climate Change Working Group
Our main international ecumenical partner leading climate justice advocacy. Many documents and video links on the website.
United Church communities work on climate change through a variety of initiatives at the local and regional level. Here are some examples:
The Toronto Conference Green Awakenings network links to the Toronto Climate Campaign.
- Montreal and Ottawa
The Montreal ecumenical Green Church Project includes United Church congregations and community ministries.
For more information on initiatives in your local area, please contact your local Conference office.
Background, Resources, and Links
A global campaign calling for carbon dioxide to be reduced to 350 parts per million in the atmosphere.
- Climate Change as a Moral Issue
A series of retreats and public events for religious leaders and people of faith held in communities across the country.
- Global Campaign for Climate Action
A coalition of international and national groups advocating for a FAB (Fair, Ambitious, and Binding) global deal on climate change through the United Nations.
- Globalization We Can Grasp
A web-based curriculum from the United Church of Christ, including video clips, Bible studies, and workshop modules.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC was established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme in 1988, and is a key source of information on the science of climate change.
- National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
An eco-justice program with useful program and worship resources.
- There's a New World in the Making
This call from the North American consultation on poverty, wealth and ecology sponsored by the World Council of Churches, Calgary, November 2011, draws on prayers for confession, wisdom, healing, and thanksgiving, and then turns to a call for vision and action.
- Uniting Church in Australia
A great program and worship resources for the Season of Creation, and a hymn on climate change.
- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Documentation on the Kyoto Protocol, the framework, and ongoing negotiations.
For more information, contact the Church in Mission Unit.