United Church of Canada
Today, I stood in front of my MP's office, Michelle Rempel. She is in Ottawa presently.
I was joined for part of my 3 hours by George Melnyk, Kitty Dunn (from the Quaker community), Paul Armstrong, and Pat Brownlee. I am grateful for the sandwich board sign made by Julia and George Melnyk.
Thankfully the weather was cool, but quite comfortable. A few people stopped to talk. Nothing Earth revealing (I don't want to say "Shattering").
After reading the front page story in the Globe and Mail today, I feel even more strongly that we need to do all we can to wake people up to the abdication of responsibility of our Federal Govt. Don't these people have children, grandchildren, and people they love from the next generations? I just do not understand how supposedly intelligent people can be so dismissive of reality. Of course this is a major part of the human story over the ages. Hubris, arrogance, belief that we will find a fix. Well folks, this Climate Change era in which are living is a totally new ball game from other eras.
Endless growth and consumption of the Earth, our only home, is no longer possible. With the machines and technology of my grandfather's day, endless growth seemed sensible. IT IS NOT ANYMORE
An endless growth economy is not god-given. It is a relatively recent human invention.
We need a new paradigm for our economic future.
Climate Change needs to be addressed seriously NOW.
I began my fast this morning with a special commissioning/blessing in our regular worship service at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. It was very moving to feel the support of the congregation and to have special friend, Lynn Chazotsang, a Tibetan Buddhist leader, participate. Kitty Dunn, from the Quakers and David Swann, my Liberal MLA were in the congregation as well.
After worship, while others had lunch, I encouraged people to sign the Climate Change petition (which you will find on this website).
I have been greatly encouraged by emails from people planning their own actions. This morning I received an email from Moderator Mardi Tindal who is attending the COP 17 talks in Durban. She is joined by Joy Kennedy, Alanna Mitchell and Kaitlin Bardswich from the United Church. We are part of a large inter-faith gathering witnessing to our solidarity.
Tomorrow I will be standing in front of my MP's constituency office, Michelle Rempel. I invite you to plan your own activities at this crucial moment in the history of Mother Earth.