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."
Thank you to everyone who participated in our featured presentations during the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto, Canada. In addition to our multi-partner panel discussion on "Living the Change: Faithful Choices for a Flourishing World", we offered a training seminar entitled "Guilt or Gratitude, Duty or Compassion? How to Communicate Climate Change and Sustainable Behaviours in Faith Communities"
Living the Change will be present throughout the 24th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. To mark the one year anniversary of our Interfaith Statement "Walk on Earth Gently", we will advocate for sustainable living and share personal commitments by faith leaders.
On Sunday, 2nd December we are co-hosting a spiritual moment and interfaith exchange in the spirit of the Talanoa Dialogue. Contact us for more information.