Category: News

Reporting on Religion & Climate Change

Catastrophic extreme weather events like droughts, floods and wildfires impact communities across the world as leaders continue to grapple with balancing energy needs and the global push for climate action.

Although skepticism persists, a broad swath of faith communities advocate for policy change, fight for climate justice, establish creation care ministries, embrace solar energy, plant gardens and more.

Examples of reporting in several different faith traditions are given.

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UN 2023 Water Conference

From 22-24 March 2023, United Nations Member States, civil society, and other stakeholders will gather in New York for the UN 2023 Water Conference, to unite the world for water. The primary goal of the Conference is to raise awareness of the global water crisis and commit to joint action to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, such as Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s statement on Climate Change for the United Nations

In 2014, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approached Thich Nhat Hanh as an international faith leader, to request a brief statement about climate change and our relationship to one another and to the Earth.

This statement was published on the UNFCCC website, ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in September 2015.

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Voices for a Planetary Ethos: Conversations with Vandana Shiva

Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology invites you to join two timely conversations with scientist, philosopher, and leading environmental activist Vandana Shiva, as we explore how a new planetary ethic can create a sustainable future. Two sessions are available; the first session on February 8 is an online session.

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How to fix a Broken Planet

How to Fix a Broken Planet is the sixth in a series of sciencebased books on the growing human existential emergency – and what we can do about it. The intent behind the whole series is to give people the facts they need to take timely, positive action for the sake of human survival at a time fraught with peril for all.

This book has a particular focus on what we humans can and must do if we are to avoid the catastrophic consequences of our own actions, both at a global and at a personal level.

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“Inspired by love and anger”: Oil CEO heads UN COP28

Perceptions aren’t everything but they can be very powerful. On the face of it, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) appointment of an oil company chief as the next President for the UNCOP28 is not a good look. That’s putting it mildly! There has, in fact, been much colourful criticism. “This appointment goes beyond putting the fox in charge of the henhouse”, said Teresa Anderson of ActionAid, a climate justice charity.

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Wisdom of the Earth: Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

The Adhistana Project in the UK will conduct a Residential Retreat on the Wisdom of the Earth: Philosophy and the Climate Crisis from 14 – 17 April 2023. Climate change, mass extinction and environmental crises are becoming all too visible for us these days, urging us to take action. At the same time, different views abound on what is really going on and what should be done. What is in the background of these different views? Or to put it in a different way: how can we develop a fruitful view about the challenges that face us?

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Securing People’s wellbeing and Planetary Sustainability

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) acting on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (currently chaired by UNFPA, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations and includes 27 entities within the UN System conducts the annual symposium with the Theme: Securing People’s Wellbeing and Planetary Sustainability on 24 January 2023, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST. This is a Virtual Event.

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Thomas Merton’s Tree of Life: The growth of a radical ecologist

“This is a legacy book by a fine writer and environmentalist. Rich themes that transcend a commentary on Merton’s whole-hearted commitment to nature as poet and monk. This is a writer and scholar’s gift to those who share his life’s commitments.” ~ Jonathan Montaldo. This book is available for free as a PDF and e-pub.

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Unity Earth Symposium

UNITY EARTH is focused on generating powerful opportunities for collaboration and transformation in three main areas:
Honoring all wisdom and faith traditions
Promoting inclusion and justice for all humans
Supporting the preservation of the planet

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