Faith communities need to get on the bus

Categories: How To
Published on: August 7, 2015

OSEA / Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko

I remember when I first started working with the Hamilton faith community through Environment Hamilton, about five years ago.

We had a volunteer who was instrumental in establishing that first contact and helping us build relationships by screening Al Gore’s “An inconvenient Truth,” followed by a presentation on climate change.

He did this for a couple of years but, at one point, got so frustrated with what he perceived as a lack of significant action from this community that he took it upon himself to reprimand them by writing a testy email saying, “What are you doing for climate and climate justice?”

Well, he apologized for the letter but the message had been sent out. Like it or not, there it was, demanding consideration.

Some faith members were offended. Others used this email as motivation to act.