Faith Based Environmental Initiatives in Canada

Joanne Moyer: The King's University 

Presbyterian Church in Canada

About: The Presbyterian Church in Canada was founded in 1875 and is comprised of four levels: Session, Presbytery, Synod, and the General Assembly. The Presbyterian Church in Canada believes in using both words and actions to proclaim Jesus Christ’s love, relying on God’s scripture for guidance.


Environmental Activities:

  • The General Assembly actions:
    • 1990: adopted a statement on the environment in 1990.
    • 1991: urged government participation in international climate negotiations
    • 1992: advocated to the government against foreign policy causing environmental degradation.
    • 2003: advocated to the government in favour of the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Worship resources are provided to congregations for events such as Earth Day and World Water Day.
  • A workshop called Delighting in God’s Garden was held in 2016 to explore Eco-Theology.
  • Climate change action:
    • Church members were encouraged to write to and meet with their Ministers of Parliament to advocate for climate agreement before the COP21 in 2015.
    • Signed the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change and participating in an investor coalition looking at climate change
    • Participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project
    • Signed “The Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change” (2011)
    • Signed “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out” (2015)
    • A Presbyterian pastor signed “Common Declaration of Canadian Churches on Climate Change “‘Creating a Climate of Hope’” (Green Churches Network, 2015). 
  • The Crieff Hills Retreat Centre has planted local species on their property, source their food from local farmers, and raise bees.
  • Congregational level initiatives include:
    • Installing solar panels
    • Community gardens
    • St. Andrews Presbyterian, Ottawa, ON, has a Ride or Walk to Church Sunday
    • Knox Presbyterian, Waterloo, ON, knocked down their old building and rebuilt with LEED standards and passive energy.
    • Westmount Presbyterian, Edmonton, AB, built a new net-zero energy church building and refugee housing complex.



The Justice Ministries department, with two staff, include environmental issues in their mandate.






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