David MacDonald, Board Member

“We are not in despair. We have hope.” – a video message from David MacDonald.

In this brief presentation on Sustainability in the New Millenium, David speaks on climate and ocean change and getting to the heart of the climate crisis. He offers knowledge and thoughts on our economy and ecology, and how to move from denial and despair to hope. He suggests we look to the story of Noah as a tale of climate crisis, survival, and an example of a new opportunity and agreement to live in the universe harmoniously.

View the video below:

The video was made for the Conference on Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability held in Alexandria, Egypt in April 2013.
David MacDonald grew up in Prince Edward Island. He is a graduate of Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and Dalhousie University and Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, Nova Scotia. David also holds several honorary degrees in law and divinity. Ordained as a United Church minister in 1961, he served as pastor in Alberton, PEI from 1962 to 1965. He is a former Member of Parliament and has served in Cabinet as Secretary of State, Minister of Communications, and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

David’s commitment to social justice drew him into a variety of human rights issues within Canada as well as abroad internationally. In the 1980s he worked as logistics coordinator for the Papal Visit, Canadian Emergency Coordinator/African Famine, and later as Canada’s ambassador to Ethiopia and Sudan. He led the World Council of Churches delegation to the Special Session of the United Nations on Disarmament and served as chair of the Global Network on Food Security. From 1995 to 2005, he taught at Concordia University in Quebec and, since December 1998, served as special advisor to the United Church of Canada’s General Council Steering Group on Residential Schools.