Our 4RG Colleague, Walter Pitman, was a crusader! His profound commitment to the environment was supported by his recognition of the beauty of our planet Earth. Walter associated that beauty with a divine presence, an association captured in the lyrics and music of the “Crusader’s Hymn” (as sung by the Hastings College Choir).
Walter recognized that a sense of entitlement to comfort and pleasure threatened the survival of beauty. And he reminded Canadians that others would be called upon to make sacrifices that morally were the responsibility of the developed world.
Walter was an active member of Trinity/St. Pauls. He and other members of that congregation were among the first to recognize that divestment of shareholdings in fossil fuel companies was a desirable step towards combatting the effects of climate change.
Walter continued to support 4RG after his retirement from the 4RG Board. We shall very much miss his moral clarity, guidance, and tremendous support.
For more commentaries by Walter Pitman go to
- Durban Postlude: Moral Issues that did not get discussed!
- Who bears the brunt of climate change
- A letter from a concerned Grandparent
Link to Walter’s obituary in the Toronto Star.