Category: Interfaith

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.

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Plastic Pollution, Including in the Marine Environment

Plastic pollution – particularly in the marine environment – has become more than an everyday affair: it has become a burgeoning environmental problem. Here, news about the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Develop an International Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Pollution. Delegates tasked with crafting an international legally binding instrument to end the scourge of plastic pollution will respond to a Revised Zero Draft text in their penultimate meeting.

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Faith for Climate: A Call to Action

Inspired by the Interfaith Statement signed by Pope Francis, Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, and around 30 religious leaders and representatives from a range of traditions, launched on December 3, the Faith Pavilion at COP28 puts forth this Call to Action.

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Pre-COP Global Faith Leaders Summit

Last week, our founders and directors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, attended a high-level faith leaders meeting in Abu Dhabi, in preparation for the upcoming COP28 meetings in Dubai. The theme of this Global Faith Leaders Summit was “Confluence of Conscience: Uniting Faith Leaders for Planetary Resurgence.” Leaders from across many religious and Indigenous traditions and figures from faith-based environmental organizations gathered there and were greeted by President Sheikh Mohamed, who lauded their work and stressed the importance of these issues. The event was hosted by UNEP Faith for Earth and the Council of Muslim Elders.

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COP28 Presidency receives ‘Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28′ at Global Faith Leaders’ Summit

The Global Faith Leaders’ Summit brought together 28 faith leaders to sign the ‘Confluence of Conscience: Uniting for Planetary Resurgence’ known as ‘The Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28’, committing to addressing climate change and raising climate ambitions ahead of COP28, which will be held in Dubai at the end of November.

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Informal Interfaith Gathering in the Spirit of Talanoa Dialogue @COP28

The Interfaith Liaison Committee (ILC) to the UNFCCC, invites faith-orientated persons to take part in the Talanoa Dialogue on the eve of COP28. This gathering aims to provide a nourishing and hopeful space with the concerns, demands, and hopes of the discussion to be delivered to the UNFCCC Executive Secretariat.

The Interfaith Liaison Committee of the UNFCCC is organising an Informal Interfaith Gathering on the opening day of COP28, November 30 at Christ Church Jebel Ali, Jebel Ali Village Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates. This will be a hybrid event and available online.

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Faith Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Climate Action

Faith Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals is an interactive online database showcasing environmental efforts led by religious communities worldwide, documenting these activities in a public way that facilitates inspiration and avenues for collaboration. All projects can be explored by religious tradition, geographical region, ecosystem, areas of impact, and/or environmentally-centered SDGs.

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Prayers and Meditations for COP28

Members of the Interfaith Liaison Committee (UNFCCC) provide suggestions for Prayers and Mediations for the success of COP28 for arriving at and implementing resolutions for the reparations to the health of the Earth. The Earth is the only planet we have to live on. Formation of Prayer and Meditation Groups is encouraged. Suitable prayers are offered, as are different formats.

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Host an event at the first Faith-focused Pavilion during COP28

At this year’s COP28, UNEP and the Muslim Council of Elders have formed strategic multi-partnerships with Faith Based Organisations and civil society partners to host a first-of-its-kind Pavilion.

 

This visible presence at COP28 will provide a unique opportunity for interfaith dialogue, capacity building, information sharing, and engagement with key stakeholders including negotiators and political leaders.

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