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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.

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Newsletter #FitForFutureGenerations

In many nations, youth are rising up – or becoming depressed and suicidal – about the climate future they will inherit from the manufacturers, producers and governments of this day, this age. Due lack of integrated global response, youth have to raise their voice, and, bless the Source-of-All-That-Is … may their voices be heard, globally.

Fit for Future Generations has its own newsletter.
The UN moves towards adopting a ground breaking Declaration on Future Generations at the upcoming Summit of the Future in New York on September 22-23, 2024. This inclusive process aims to turn longstanding commitments into concrete actions, ensuring the interests of future generations are integrated into global decision-making.

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United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF19)

The words of one retiring forester provide the greatest motivation toward keeping up this momentum. As he put it, “Everyone in the world is forest-dependent, either directly or indirectly.” All the innumerable values of forests are much more difficult to quantify or understand than carbon emissions or numbers of species lost or hectares of land degraded. The fact that both a ministerial declaration and an omnibus resolution were agreed, after multiple iterations, is a testament to the tenacity of the UNFF19 delegates and their understanding, when all seemed lost, of why they were there. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

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Ten Directions Certificate in Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy is practised in a wide variety of settings. The term ecotherapy can be applied to a large range of different activities, offered by people with different backgrounds and qualifications. Finding your way of working in the field can therefore sometimes be rather confusing and challenging. A year-long course with ten directions is offered.

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Pasifka Climate Conference

The Uniting Climate: Faith in a better future conference This conference will examine ways as a faith community, we can address the challenge of global warming and help build the more just, safer future we all want.

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Why does Australia want to be so suicidal?

Bishop Philip Huggins writes, ‘Australian leadership is no longer an embarrassment at UNFCCC COPs. Nonetheless, Australia’s participation in the fossil fuel industry, including through new projects, is not putting us on the fastest path to net zero. Will we miss our “brief and rapidly closing window” to secure a liveable future?’

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Responding to Pollution

Pollution is a major environmental issue that affects our entire planet. It is the introduction of contaminants into the environment, which can have adverse effects on living organisms and ecosystems. It can occur in various forms, including air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, noise pollution, and light pollution. With that in mind, we have created a guide called: “A Consumer’s Guide to Reducing Pollution”

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Youth Groups and Blue Theology

Is your youth group thinking about taking a summer trip? Blue Theology is a week-long program connecting theology to the ocean, and one outpost is located in coastal North Carolina. It’s not too late to register or visit bluetheology.com for more information!

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IRI Indonesia participates in formulation and launch of Fatwa on Climate Change

Interfaith Rainforest Intiative in Indonesia participated in the formulation and launch of the Indonesian Ulama Council’s Fatwa (Islamic Rule) number 86 /2023 On the Law for Controlling Global Climate Change. The coordinated efforts of IRI Indonesia, alongside MANKA, ECONUSA, Ummah4earth, and LPLH SDA MUI, culminated in the successful planning and execution of the fatwa launch. The groundbreaking fatwa, centering on deforestation and forest burning, holds substantial significance as it directly aligns Islamic principles with rainforest protection. The fatwa serves as religious guidance for all aspects of people’s lives, including government, legislators, and the judiciary.

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Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Planning DRC Conference

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is moving ahead with planning for a national conference, which will advance strategies and advocacy across religious leadership and faith-based organizations to actions that protect forests, as well as a contribution note to the President to formalize a commitment to protecting forests as part of the new administration.

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