Climate Change

Caring for God’s gift of Creation is a spiritual commitment.
Boy in the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsanaon
A young boy drags possessions through the flooded streets of Manila, Philippines, in the aftermath of Typhoon Ketsanaon.
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Asian Development Bank, Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

The Earth is a sacred trust. We recognize God’s call…to draw on the Earth’s sustenance responsibly, and to care for it that all may benefit equitably now and in the future.

—from One Earth Community (1992)

What We Believe

A New Creed calls us “to live with respect in Creation.” Creation is a gift of God, and caring for Creation is a spiritual commitment. We cherish Creation’s rich diversity and respect its inherent value and right to protection.

Climate change impacts us, the local eco-systems of which we are part, and partners the United Church is connected with around the globe. The greatest burden of climate change is falling on people in the Far North and global South—those who have contributed least to the problem.

Indigenous voices in the church remind us that we are called upon to look after Creator’s gifts and to pass along these gifts to our children. We can be part of a just transition to a renewable energy economy by pressuring governments and industries, ending unsustainable overconsumption through lifestyle choices, and working with United Church ministries and partners engaged in climate justice.

What You Can Do

  1. Celebrate Creation in worship, while committing to action for its well-being, with the use of these resources:
  2. Advocate for change to climate change policy with the Canadian government and other decision-makers. Visit Act Now for timely opportunities to take action.
  3. Fast for the Climate. By choosing not to eat on the first day of every month, a growing movement of youth, environmentalists, and people of faith is standing in solidarity with those who are most affected climate change and calling for world leaders to act to stop global warming.
  4. Reduce the environmental impact of your faith community. Faithful Footprints offers United Church congregations inspiration, tools, and grants to help the church and its communities of faith live our climate commitments.
  5. Learn more about the role people of faith play in climate justice:

Religious leaders during COP21 climate talks
Religious leaders in ecumenical celebration for Creation at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, during COP21 climate talks, 2015.
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Ryan Rodrick Beiler/LWF

The Work of Our Networks and Partners

For more information, contact:

Christie NeufeldtProgram Coordinator, Public Witnesscneufeldt [at] united-church.ca416-231-7680 ext. 4078
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4078
Beth BaskinProgram Coordinator, Social Analysis and Congregational Engagementbbaskin [at] united-church.ca416-231-7680 ext. 4196
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4196

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September 16, 2019

A prayer for the Fridays for Future Climate Strike movement by Alydia Smith.

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Participate in this worldwide, youth-led movement to demand real and immediate action to solve the climate crisis.

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Aidan Legault writes a call for action in support of the upcoming climate strikes. Inaction in no longer an option. Discouraging young climate strikers means ignoring the very real threat that the climate crisis poses to our future.

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A diverse group of Canadian church leaders are speaking out for climate justice in a new ecumenical Earth Day video jointly produced by KAIROS, Canadian Council of Churches, and Citizens for Public Justice.
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In her June 1 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Moderator wrote to express deep concern at the federal government’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
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Diverse organizations, including the United Church, champion Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth.
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Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses the church’s concerns about the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.
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