Friday 17 April 2015 at 21:23A Canadian Climate Hero
by Sean A. Watkins, OurVoices
After last week’s climate change protest march in Quebec City—where over 25,000 Canadians filled the streets calling for climate action—it’s clear that Canadians are making sure their voice is being heard in the fight for climate justice. One of these climate heroes is civil society activist, scholar, author, and United Church of Canada minister, Rev. Dr. Peter Denton.
A regional representative for the United Nations Environment Programme, Peter is an important spiritual leader who teaches worthwhile lessons on ethics and sustainability.
Author of two books, Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World and Technology and Sustainability, Peter calls on us to “reimagine sustainability in all its dimensions—social, cultural, environmental and economic—to create a global system that reflects how we should be living together, one that generates both hope and possibility.” His words are a direct reflection on the globalised world we now live in—one where social media and technology have allowed us to witness change in seconds. Denton’s work challenges all of us to use our cherished technologies in new ways.
As he says:
“To be human means to live toward possibility, to embody potential for growth and difference and change….[t]here is even more possibility through opening our lives to what we find within ourselves, as we travel inward to the source of Life and relation that finds itself expressed in everything from religions and spirituality to art, poetry, music and love.” (Source)Denton’s teachings are intergenerational and promote personal transformations to guide collective action.
Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1995 and transferring into the United Church of Canada in 2001, Denton is currently retained on the roll of Winnipeg Presbytery (Conference of Manitoba and North-Western Ontario) and is getting ready to retire from his position of instructor for over 10 years at Red River College. He also serves as Chapter Lead Author for Global Environment Outlook and represents Canada for 10YFP.
OurVoices is incredibly excited to have Peter join us as a Spiritual Ambassador. His work is a testament for all people of faith taking action on climate change. We can’t wait to see what we achieve together!
Follow Rev. Dr. Peter Denton on Twitter @green_ethics. He also blogs at Choose the Future.