Laudato Si’ Research institute at Oxford: The Laudato Si’ Research Institute is housed at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. The institute’s mission is to apply the principles of Pope Francis’ encyclical to empower people working to address the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues. Read more

Living the Change – Global Call: Greenfaith – in collaboration with its partner organisations in many nations frequently conducts Living the Change workshops. The next Living the Change global call will occur on Monday 24 January 2022. All are welcome to join, from anywhere in the world. Read more

Presbyterian Church (USA) recommends divestments: LEXINGTON, Kentucky – The Presbyterian Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) recommended Wednesday afternoon that five energy companies be added to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Divestment/Proscription List. Read more

Mindfulness for Protecting the Planet from Climate-related crises: Interfaith Scotland is hosting an online webinar in partnership with Mindfulness for Earth and Faith for Earth. Speakers from different faiths will share what mindfulness and prayer means to them in the context of protecting the environment. To book your place email Read more

Germany: Church makes binding commitment to protect the climate; The bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg, Thomas Adomeit, has announced a more substantial commitment of his church to climate protection. He said a climate protection law is currently being drafted and may be adopted by the synod as early as May. Read more

Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights: Climate change threatens the future of human rights and risk undoing the last fifty years of progress in development, global health and poverty reduction. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Human Rights Council (Resolution 41/21) highlighted that climate change has an impact on, among others, the rights to life, self-determination, development, health, food, water and sanitation, adequate housing and a range of civil and political rights. Along with other international organisations and experts, the UN is therefore calling for the global recognition of the right a healthy, sustainable and safe environment as a universal right. Read more

World Economic Forum: The Global Risks – Report 2022 (17th Edition) The Global Risks Report is produced by the World Economic Forum in partnership with Marsh McLennan, SK Group and Zurich Insurance Group. The report addresses various global risks including a disorderly climate transition. The report goes on to evaluate the risks of climate action failure and the outcomes of COP 26, COP 15. Read more

Climate Action Network Launch & Book Club: February’s special book club meet up will kick off our new Climate Action Network for civil society and faith leaders. This is our CIC’s modest attempt to do something positive and collaborative as part of what we should all be doing #COP26. It is funded by the National Lottery’s excellent ‘Together for Our Planet’ grants programme. Read more

Sacred Season of Climate Justice: Launch Call: Between March 19 and May 6, 2022, there are five major sacred days or seasons, an Equinox, and Earth Day. Together, these days collectively attract billions of people of diverse faiths and none to worship, pray, listen to sermons, reflect, and commit to act on what matters most. Read more

ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: “Human Rights & Climate Change”: The Asia-Europe Foundation will conduct its Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights (ASEMHRS21): “Human Rights & Climate Change” in March. The seminar is both online and face-to-face in Luxembourg. The confirmed speakers include Michelle Batchelet – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment. Read more

Amazonia: Environmental destruction is reversible: Rome – One of the main organizers of the Vatican’s 2019 Synod of Bishops for the Amazon says a new photo exhibition on Amazonia captures both the majesty and the fragility of a region that is both one of the world’s most important ecosystems and one of significant importance to the Catholic Church. Read more

Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community with Ecospirituality and Ecojustice; Join the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) for the next session of their monthly webinar series, Science, Religion, and Society. Featuring Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker and Dr. John Grim, Co-Directors of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Read more

First journal on Religion and Development is launched in South Africa: The first academic journal on religion and development was launched at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in November 2021 during a side-event of the Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members of the International Partnership on Religion and Development (PaRD). Read more

Religious network condemns slaying of Honduran rights activist: Mexico City – An ecumenical coalition of religious representatives and laypeople has condemned the murder of an Indigenous leader in Honduras and called for a thorough investigation of the death. The Churches and Mining Network said in a statement that Pablo Isabel Hernández, a leader of the indigenous Lenca people in western Honduras, was shot “in the back while he was on his way to church, where he as an active pastoral agent.” Read the story

Faith Plans: New online workshop series for 2022: Our new workshop series begins in January 2022 with ‘How to develop a Faith Plan: Early Lessons for Long-term Success’. Delivered monthly, from January to May 2022, the workshops build into a practical step-by-step guide to design a Plan that will result in positive, long-term environmental impact for both people and planet. Read more

Eco-friendly worship: The ways some Muslims are protecting the environment: From using sustainable water sources to renewable energies, mosques across the world are looking to combat climate change. See more

Faith for Earth National Coordination Hubs; In 2021 the United Nations Environment Program’s Faith for Earth launched the Faith for Earth National Coordination Hub in partnership with the United Religions Initiative (URI) in response to the climate crisis. Read more

Ecocide: A Discussion of Law and Ethics, January 20, 2022 On Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon (New York time), “Ecocide: A Discussion of Law and Ethics” will assemble international lawyers and scholars to discuss the Panel’s efforts to define ecocide as well as to examine the significance of shifting to an eco-centric framework Read more


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