Category: Interfaith

Ukraine: Religious Actors Respond

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) was founded in 2016 to foster engagement and cooperation. PaRD members support people, especially vulnerable groups, who need assistance and humanitarian support world-wide. To support formal and informal partnerships with and between PaRD members – in Ukraine, at the borders to neighbouring countries, and in communities throughout the world – an overview of their activities can be found here.

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Interfaith and Climate Justice

Soon, the IPCC will complete its release of the 6th Assessment Report, and people are listening. Gone are the days when governments send delegates to COP and make their own decisions without regard to the climate justice issues raised by civil society. People’s engagement can profoundly influence the rate of transformational change, in more healthy and fair government policy and regulation, in private enterprise, meaningful nature regeneration and protection, and in community efforts to achieve the systemic changes needed to avoid catastrophic global heating and environmental destruction.

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The Glasgow Climate Pact and Climate Justice

The Glasgow Climate Pact says that climate justice is applicable to some, not all. The wording on climate justice in several decisions refers to the importance for some. This is an misapprehension of the ambit of climate justice. Climate Justice is for everyone, not some. Climate Justice is for all.

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Study Guide – Faith for Earth: A Call for Action

Seattle University Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement has created a course on the UNEP – Faith for Earth program in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program, the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Henry Luce Foundation to provide a free course for studying the environment from the perspective of the Earth and 12 religions, along with Indigenous Traditions and Youth Voices.

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Faith Communities After Glasgow: An Interfaith Examen of COP26

While COP26 ended on November 12, religious communities continue to play a role in the ongoing effort to combat climate change. On December 14 our partners at UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative will convene religious leaders, people of all faiths, and nones for a Global Examen (review) to discern a communal, interfaith response to this important moment in history. Learn more and register for the December 14 webinar.

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Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: Interfaith Reflections on COP26 and the Road Forward

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation conducted a Press Conference on the last working day of COP26 on the topic of Interfaith Reflections on COP26 and the Road Forward. The purpose of the press conference was to examine COP26 and what paths forward are open to faith organisations. Among a plethora of actions available for Action for Climate Empowerment, it is the faith organisations that can provide the spiritual path forward.

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Interfaith and Climate Change (Religions)

Pew Research Center has found that more than 80 percent of the world’s population are affiliated with a faith. Such high percentage leaves no doubt that religion, and the values, behaviours and actions it entails and stipulates, have a fundamental impact on the lives of most individuals and thus on most communities worldwide. Citizens see faith-based organisations and faith leaders as trustworthy and highly networked organisations with dynamism that enables them to operate and assist in development efforts or humanitarian situations where and when needed. Faith Based Organisations have a sacred imperative to take action to protect the only Earth we have.

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Interfaith and Climate Change (Overview)

Interfaith activity is where believers of different faiths come together to build harmony, cooperation and understanding. This can happen at the neighbourhood level, at the state level, or at a national level, and, in the case of Climate Change, there are international interfaith responses.

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Ecumenical statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch

Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury join together for the first time in urgent appeal for the future of the planet. For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.

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Pope on COP26: Sharing, love, respect should shape efforts for better future

Pope Francis met alongside other religious leaders and scientists from around the world in the Vatican on Monday, to take a common stand for the protection of the environment, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference scheduled for 1 – 12 November in Glasgow, Scotland. Pope Francis gathers scientists, religious leaders and experts in the Vatican for a “Faith and Science: Towards COP26” meeting, during which participants signed a joint appeal ahead of the upcoming UN COP26 Climate Conference.

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