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.Read More
Faith Based Organisations at Stockholm+50 Launch Interfaith Statement
We, the representatives of various faith based organizations, Indigenous cultures and wisdoms from around the world participating in the Stockholm+50, committed to caring for ecological justice and for protecting our one Earth, hereby make the following statement to the governments, UN entities, civil society, and all stakeholders of the “Stockholm+50” processes.
We, faith-based leaders, networks and organisations representing faith and spiritual communities– Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Bah’ai, Brahma Kumaris, Animist, and Shamanic-from across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, have joined together at this non-state actors-focused Climate Chance gathering in Morocco. We are here to celebrate, recognise, and remind us all of our deep interconnection and therefore responsibility we share to care for and protect each other and all living Beings of this Mother Earth. This life is a gift the Earth has bestowed upon us; our debt is to love, honour and respect the gift and the gift-giverRead More
We have recently engaged in study, reflection and prayer related to the challenges presented by environmental and climate change issues. These things have not always been treated with pressing concern as major issues. Indeed, some of us have required considerable convincing before becoming persuaded that these are real problems that deserve our attention. But now we have seen and heard enough to be persuaded that these issues are among the current era’s challenges that require a unified moral voice.Read More
The Synod of the Bishops of the Church of Sweden issues a statement on COP26 and the human response to climate change.Read More
Over 20 senior leaders from Methodist Churches around the world have signed a joint statement calling on world leaders to act at COP26 to achieve climate justice. In the statement, the church leaders identify their Methodist and Uniting Church heritage as a quality which brings them together. They also highlight their identity as climate activists, saying that “the climate crisis is the greatest threat to life on earth and must be tackled”.Read More
An international coalition of groups gathered in Johannesburg for the Earth Summit has released a set of principles aimed at “putting a human face” on climate change. The Bali Principles of Climate Justice redefine climate change from a human rights and environmental justice perspective. The principles were developed by the coalition — which includes CorpWatch, Third World Network, Oil Watch, the Indigenous Environmental Network, among others — at the final preparatory negotiations for the Earth Summit in Bali in June 2002.Read More
The World Council of Churches Executive Committee, in a statement, said that the climate crisis is not a distant prospect, but is upon us today.
“Children, young people and ordinary citizens have made public demonstration of their outrage at the lack of any adequate response by governments to the gravity of this global crisis, and against the backsliding by some governments,” the statement reads. “The time for debate and disputation of established scientific facts is long over.”Read More
Statement of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UN Framework Convention on Climate ChangeRead More
A group of Dharma teachers from Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S. have issued a statement describing core Buddhist insights into the root causes of the climate crisis and ways to minimize its potentially tragic consequences. Over 500 leading Dharma teachers from around the globe have signed to support Dharma teachers and Sangha members in making solutions to climate disruption a central focus of their personal and collective activities.Read More
National Muslim Organisations in the United Kingdom and Ireland have come together to create a joint statement on the climate. There is now a growing awareness of the damage that has been wrought upon our earthly home through human-induced climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution. This is substantiated by a scientific consensus that we are threatening our own survival through our abuse of the natural world. We need to act now if we are to ensure that we are leaving behind a liveable Earth for future generations and seek guidance from the Quran and Sunnah to show us the way. A very practical statement is provided.Read More
Soka Gakkai International represents Engaged Buddhists worldwide. Sowing Seeds of Hope: A Buddhist Call for Courageous Action for Climate Justice. On the occasion of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in October 2021 in Glasgow, UK, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) conducted a Press Conference in the Blue Zone and launched their statement on climate change. There was considerable focus on youth activity and youth participation in Climate Change.Read More
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