Earth is a blessing. She supports life and is the basis of all our economies. She conveys beauty and evokes our recognition of something greater than ourselves. She is our temple, our mosque, our sanctuary, our cathedral. Our home.
Our faith offers guidance on how to live our best lives. Understanding that greed is wrong are called into healthy, balanced relationships that help sustain Earth as our collective home. As people of faith, we are committing to make changes in our own lives. Together, we come to you with a call to adventure on a journey towards sustainable living. We invite you to join us in Living the Change.
Leaders from diverse religious and spiritual traditions around the world are making personal commitments, including:
I commit to a vegetarian diet and to power my home with 100% renewable energy.
Bishop Efraim Tendero is Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, which represents 600 million Evangelicals in 129 countries
“The Earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” (Psalm 24:1)
I commit to:
Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black is Co-Founder of the Jewish Ecological Coalition (JECO)
"I am inspired to take care of God's world for those humans, animals and species struggling today, and into the future."
I commit to:
Tariq Al Olaimy is Co-founder of 3BL Associates and Co-chair of UNESCO's Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development partner network
The Kingdom of Bahrain
"The Sufi tradition reflects that we must read nature as if it is scripture. My commitment is motivated towards contributing to protecting that ultimate scripture."
I commit to purchasing 100% renewable energy to power my home.
Gretchen Castle is General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation, which encourages fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
"The spiritual imperative I feel as a Quaker and as a Christian to love one another is at the heart of my life and my relationships, with people and with the earth."
Ms. Nana Firman is the Co-Founder of the Global Muslim Climate Network, as well as the Muslim Outreach Director of GreenFaith. As a Muslim working in Indonesia and the United States, she explains the Koran’s teachings that we must walk gently upon the Earth.
Ms. Merle Riester, a young practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism in Germany, reflects upon the strange experience of realizing how much material “stuff” we don’t truly need.
Mr. Gopal Patel directs the Bhumi Project, an international Hindu environmental network based in the U.K. This year, he is planning to go vegan.
Mr. Tomás Insua, Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, discusses the Laudato Si’ Encyclical as an urgent call to action to transform the way we live and walk on the Earth.
Living the Change recently celebrated one year of our shared movement for sustainable living, as detailed in the Interfaith Statement “Walk on Earth Gently”. In 2018, we represented the beauty and importance of sustainable living during key moments for our world, including the “Rise for Climate” mobilizations, the Global Climate Action Summit, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, COP24, and beyond.
Local communities joined together to host more than 100 sustainability events in 25 countries as part of the first annual Time for Living the Change - often under the leadership of 70 local faith leaders who completed our new training course this year. We were also honored to form connections with diverse religious and spiritual communities across six continents, sharing our personal commitments and stories to support one another. As we continue working together in the new year, we welcome your support as a fellow caretaker of Earth, our common home.