October 12, 2010 08:01 ET

Green Pledge Sees Moderator Riding the Rails

Travelling by Train Helps United Church Leader Reduce Her Carbon Footprint

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) -

When Mardi Tindal was elected Moderator of The United Church of Canada in August 2009, she vowed to do as much travel as possible using "green friendly" transportation.

Well, today the rubber hits the road-or rather hits the rails-as Tindal begins a month-long journey inviting people to come together to talk about their concerns for the environment. During the first leg of this journey, Tindal will travel by train from Toronto to northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. In the spring and fall of 2011, Tindal will head east through Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces.

She says she knew that managing her carbon footprint would be difficult during a three-year term where she would be expected to travel extensively. She has challenged the church to help her reduce the impact of that travel by taking actions that offset the carbon emissions she knows will accumulate as a result of fulfilling her role as Moderator.

But Tindal wants to do more, so she has pledged to limit her travel by air as much as she can by intentionally planning her regional visits in a way that accommodates travelling primarily by train. As she travels the country, Tindal will be hosting a series of town hall meetings where she will carry her message of how we can find ways to live abundantly within the natural limits of God's creation.

"We need to be able to celebrate people's stories of hope-their green achievements-as well as hear their stories of suffering and concern about climate and ocean change," says Tindal.

People interested in tracking the Moderator's travels on the Spirit Express can do so by visiting

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The United Church of Canada
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  • Mary-Frances Denis, Program Coordinator, Media and Public Relations, The United Church of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-231-7680 ext. 2016
    Secondary Phone: 416-400-7273
    Toll-Free: 800-268-3781