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A Prayer for the Weary Climate Activist

Nov 14, 2019 04:05 am

Climate Strike
Aidan Legault (far right) with United Church members at the Global Climate Strike on September 27, 2019, in Toronto.
The United Church of Canada

Aidan Legault, United Church member and young climate activist, offers faithful words of encouragement to renew the weary in the march for ecological justice.

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Living Our Diversity

Nov 13, 2019 12:35 pm

A photo of a Canadian flag on a flagpole apparently being found at the foot of a rainbow, against the contrast of a dramatic dark sky.
Krwoll, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Let me start by stating that I am a firm believer in freedom of speech. In the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall, “I disapprove of what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” However, freedom of speech is not the same as freedom from accountability and responsibility. I have the right to say things and when I say them I must at the same time be willing to accept responsibility for my statements and any consequences which may arise from it. To have the right to speak without also accepting responsibility and consequences leads only to tyranny and abuse.

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