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Sacred Ecology: An Interfaith Perspective

Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, is in Lisbon this week for a conference on interreligious dialogue.

On Wednesday morning, he delivered a stirring speech to the KAICIID interfaith forum on the "spiritual obligation" to fight against climate change.

Global Faith Leaders Summit – Interfaith Statement for COP28

In the spirit of unity, shared responsibility, and Human Fraternity, and at this pivotal moment of the global climate crisis that demands transformative action to keep 1.5 degrees within reach and serve affected and vulnerable communities, we, representatives of diverse faith and Indigenous traditions, through dialogue with scientists, religious scholars, academics, women’s organizations, youth, civil society, business leaders, and environmental policymakers, convened in Abu Dhabi in the lead-up to COP28 to express our shared concern for the escalating climate impacts that imperil our cherished planet, as well as our common commitment to jointly address this global crisis, building upon our previous efforts, including the interfaith appeal for COP26. Our faith instills in us a sacred duty to cherish not only our human family but also the fragile ecosystem that cradles us.

Sacred Ecology: An Interfaith Perspective

Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, is in Lisbon this week for a conference on interreligious dialogue.

On Wednesday morning, he delivered a stirring speech to the KAICIID interfaith forum on the "spiritual obligation" to fight against climate change.

Sacred Ecology: An Interfaith Perspective

Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, is in Lisbon this week for a conference on interreligious dialogue.

On Wednesday morning, he delivered a stirring speech to the KAICIID interfaith forum on the "spiritual obligation" to fight against climate change.

Did climate change cause that recent extreme event in my country?

IPCC query on climate change events
While it is difficult to identify the exact causes of a particular extreme event, the relatively new science of event attribution can quantify the role of climate change in altering the probability & magnitude of some types of weather & climate extremes.
There is strong evidence that characteristics of many individual extreme events have already changed because of human-driven changes to the climate system.
Find out more ➡️ https://bit.ly/WGIRpt

 


 

Deforestation in the Amazon

deforestation in the Amazon

Although during 2023 a 49% reduction in deforested rainforest hectares in Colombia was evident as to World Resources Institute (compared to 2022), it is estimated that, by 2024, they will have been nearly deforested from 109,000 hectares in the Amazon, a figure nearly nine times higher than the same period last year.

These numbers have raised alarms About several factors that may be influenced directly on deforestation indices the country, such as the strong child phenomenon we have faced since late 2023, which has significantly impacted water supply for multiple municipalities in Colombia and that today, has been in a serious supply situation.

In the same way, illegal logging actions Many of them centenarians will eventually be disposed of for their marketing, mining operations and the preparation of forest surfaces for livestock in addition to the proliferation of other illicit economies, which consolidates as factors that year by year, are decreasing our nature booked at a rate at which within a short time, it will be impossible to recover it.

 


 

Operation Noah 'Bright Now Campaign' Wins Award

 

Operation Noah wins Climate Award

The Bright Now Campaign – which also encourages Church investment in climate solutions and better land use practices – saw the Church of England divest its holdings in oil and gas in 2023

Wednesday 15th May 2024: On the evening of Wednesday 15th May, Operation Noah’s Bright Now Campaign won ‘Campaign of the Year’ at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) National Campaigner Awards in London – the first time Operation Noah has won the award.

In June 2023, the Church of England’s National Investing Bodies divested from fossil fuels after a 10-year campaign from Operation Noah staff, trustees and supporters. The decision to divest made international news and was a significant moment in the divestment movement given the Church of England’s global influence and long-standing resistance to selling its fossil fuel shares.

Nearly every UK Church has now divested at a national level, although a handful of Church of England and Roman Catholic dioceses in England and Wales are still funding fossil fuels.

Read more here: https://www.operationnoah.org/operation-noahs-bright-now-campaign-wins-campaign-of-the-year-at-smk-national-campaigner-awards/

 


 

Black Churches Leading With Solar webinar

Black churches leading with solar

Interfaith Power & Light is co-sponsoring the Black Churches Leading With Solar webinar on incentives, financing and stewardship. Join us on May 29!
Register here: https://action.interfaithpowerandlight.org/blackchurchessolar
We will hear experts discuss everything one needs to know about government incentives and solar financing.
The Rev. Michael Malcom from the People's Justice Council and the Rev. Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll from Green The Church will host this webinar that will feature these panelists:

-Dr. Anthony Kinslow II, CEO, Gemini Energy Solutions
-Patricia Eggleston, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
-Rebecca Perera, Chief Credit Officer, Cornerstone Fund

 

Co-Hosted by United Church of Christ, Green The Church, The People's Justice Council, and Alabama Interfaith Power and Light.

 


 

7 in 10 U.S. Catholics believe environmental justice legitimate

7 in 10 U.S. Catholics believe environmental justice legitimate

Have you heard about the recent study of U.S. Catholics? We at the Covenant are very invested in the results of this 130-page report, and what it means for the work that we do.

Learn about the study, what Catholic Americans believe about environmental justice, and why the Covenant’s work is so important in our new blog post, here: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/stories/7-in-10-u-s-catholics-believe-environmental-justice-legitimate-cara-report-reveals/

 


 

Dayenu driving Divestment:

Dayenu driving Divestment:

Faith groups - and interfaith / multifaith groups worldwide are taking up the task of divestment from financial institutions that fund fossil fuels and drive climate change.

The world’s 60 biggest banks committed $6,900,000,000,000 over 8 years to the fossil fuel industry, driving climate chaos & causing deadly local community impacts.

Climate change hits the frontlines first and worst. People living on the frontlines of climate chaos and the fossil fuel industry are predominantly Indigenous Peoples, Black and Brown communities, low-wage workers, women, fishers or smallholder farmers, often living in poverty. The featured frontline stories highlight people opposing fossil fuels in their communities, showing the world how to rise to the challenge of this moment.

Check out the fiery #BankingOnClimateChaos report released this week: https://bankingonclimatechaos.org

 


 

Translated Information

Translated Climate information
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change has organised for culturally sensitive information to be translated into several community languages. The resulting leaflets are best suited to people in particular faith traditions but any speakers of these languages are likely to find them helpful, whatever their spiritual or faith connections.

The information covers the links between extreme weather events, the changing climate and the burning of fossil fuels. The leaflets include some ideas of actions that readers can take.

Visitors to are welcome to download the leaflets, and are encouraged to distribute them to their networks.

You can obtain the translated information here   (see the top right hand column)