The Very Rev. Ken Gray is Dean and Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Kamloops British Columbia, Canada. Since a “second conversion” in 2002 he has been deeply engaged with faith-based ecological study and advocacy, locally, nationally and internationally, the latter through the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN). A musician by training and a keen amateur photographer, he values collaboration between the arts, theology and philosophy, creation care and climate justice advocacy.
The interior of British Columbia is a staggeringly beautiful part of God’s creation. During the past two summers however, this pristine wilderness has been ravaged by catastrophic wildfires, and given the small rainfall during early 2019 this same apocalyptic scenario is likely to continue. In an area where resource extraction through mining and forest cultivation through logging have been the key economic drivers, social, economic and natural change are fast impacting the life of humans and all species.
One additional impact is that we live, work and recreate on the unceded territory of many First Nations who are increasingly finding their legitimate and effective voice in demanding their rights under the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The key issue for British Columbians, and for those faith communities who demand justice for all, is our connection with land, its use, and in the end ownership. (Photo: Chris Harris, used with permission)