by the Living the Change Team
We asked faith leaders in our GreenFaith and Living the Change communities from all over the world about how their faiths inform their relationship to the earth, the environment, and to climate change.
by Br. Benedict Ayodi, OFM Capuchin, Kenya
We hear the Cry of the Earth and Cry of the Poor here in Kenya. Following our Franciscan Charism, we value and promote both the dignity of the human person and the integrity of creation.
by Domenica Reyes, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Ecuador
It’s time to act and God is guiding us! Feel proud to tell the world that you decided to change. We can create a chain of action that will keep growing and replicating.
By Saba Yasin, Bahu Trust, United Kingdom
I found myself drowning in facts and figures. Then I began to think more about how our actions are affecting those in countries around the world. Through learning all this, I began to develop the ideas for a workshop focused on inviting young Muslims to come and learn about their duties.
By Shabana Parveen, Bahu Trust, United Kingdom
We have gradually changed the way we eat in our household. Why have we decided to change our eating habits? How have we done this? Following the actions of our blessed Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has helped us to change.
by David Takahashi
The average American is responsible for 17 metric tons of CO2 per year. The average Boulder citizen is at 14 metric tons. Science tells us the Earth is capable of consuming 3 metric tons per person per year. To bring us back from the brink of a climate emergency, we need to produce less than the 3 metric tons.
by Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network
We are not separate from the environment in which we live; rather we are connected as part of the natural environment. We are all part of and one with creation.
by Valériane Bernard
When the initial team started to work on the idea and concept of a Faith Based project that would promote lifestyle changes, it was not yet called ‘Living the Change’, and I was among the people who supported the name “Living the Change”.
by Mark Delaney
Many of us in ARRCC are involved in some way in calling other people to change. We’re asking our business and political leaders to find more sustainable ways to make things. We’re asking them to prioritise renewables over fossil fuels. We’re asking them to speed up the introduction of electric cars and trains.
As part of this year’s observance, Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi offered reflections and a call to respond based on the application of the Buddha’s diagnosis and remedy for suffering to the collective suffering that is the climate crisis.
by Thea Ormerod
With the impact of climate change becoming clearer by the year, we are hearing more and more prophetic voices challenging the way we live. Greta Thunberg is one such voice, traveling to international meetings by train and advocating others do the same.
by Meredith Levick, Director of Community Engagement, Hazon
Hazon is grateful to share about the third annual JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education) Network Gathering, which was held at Tamarack Camps in Michigan on October 11-14, 2018.
by Adulin Prophete
Improper waste management is one of the most destructive environmental actions in Haiti, so an important first step towards caring for God’s creation is to reduce garbage and improve our methods for recycling, composting, and disposal methods.
by Jack Gorman
Few things are as certain among scientists as climate change. Political posturing aside, it is an accepted fact that human activities, especially burning fossil fuels and raising beef for human consumption, are increasing the earth’s temperature. This will lead to a host of dire consequences, motivating all countries except the United States to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement in an attempt to reverse global warming.
by Rev. Fletcher Harper
For the past 30 years, climate change has represented an emergency. Now, we need to adopt lifestyles that lead us to act in our daily lives like the emergency is actually real.
by Canon Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator - Anglican Church of Southern Africa (Green Anglicans)
Over 2000 Anglicans from eight countries gathered in Durban, South Africa for an inspiring three-day conference and time of spiritual revival.
by Valériane Bernard
I love what is simple. It reminds me of the bareness and majesty of Zen monasteries - of the beauty of peaceful gardens and creative art.
by Caroline Bader
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. (Interfaith Statement Walk on Earth Gently, 2017)
by Tomás Insua
As a Catholic, I treasure what my faith teaches me about creation. Our Church helps us understand that creation is a gift given by the Creator, and that all of us are equally entitled to share this Earth, our common home.