Who else is Living the Change?

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Facing the climate emergency together, we, people of faith, spirit, and conscience in every part of the world, are changing how we live.

We journey towards climate-friendly lifestyles, making a difference by practicing our deepest beliefs and values, being public leaders that inspire others to act, and influencing the institutional and systemic levels.

We represent diverse traditions -- from Christianity to Buddhism, Islam to Hinduism, Animism to Judaism --, different teachings, cultures, and ways of life, all working together in our local contexts and daily lives to create a flourishing world. We are taking action 3 priority areas that can lower our footprint the most: transport, diet, and home energy use.

We meet regularly in an online hub to get to know each other, root ourselves in our religious and spiritual teachings and practices, share our joys and difficulties regarding the challenges of taking the car less, or reducing meat consumption, or furthermore purchasing renewable energy to power our homes -- there is nothing like a good conversation around a drink!

Will you meet other people living the change?

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Gopal D. Patel

I'm really looking forward to not having to travel so that I can get back down to my spiritual practice -- which at its essence is to be grounded in your locality, and not to be worried too much about what's happening tomorrow or what's happening in far-off lands, just really be present where you are.

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Commitments by Faith Leaders

Diverse religious and spiritual leaders around the world are making personal commitments to sustainable living. By taking climate action on an individual and household level, these faith leaders are practicing their values and serving to inspire their fellow community members.

Baha'i, Switzerland, President of the International Environment Forum

As a Baha'i, my whole life has been devoted to environmental protection and education for sustainability, both professionally as a scientist and in the Baha'i community.

That is why I commit to make my next car a hybrid or electric car!

Muslim, Interfaith & Community Alliances Director of ISNA (Islamic Society of North America)

We have been entrusted to care for all creation and maintain the planet’s balance through moderation. We will all be held accountable.

That is why I commit to reduce food waste in my home by 50%

Co-Founder of 3BL Associates, Public-Planet Partnerships, Recipes for Wellbeing, Diabetes.bh, Diversity on Board. (FRSA) 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

  • Adjust my thermostat 1-2 °C (3-4 °F) higher during summer
  • Minimize my air conditioning use
  • Reduce food waste in my home by 50%

Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance

I commit to a vegetarian diet and to power my home with 100% renewable energy.

General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers)

Why?

“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”.

Commitment

Purchase renewable energy to power my home

Archbishop of Cape Town, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

I pledge to use more gas at home than electricity, to tree planting after major travelling and to continue abstaining from eating meat.

Chair - Angligreen Anglican Church Southern Queensland Environment Group (“Angligreen”)

I commit to 100% renewable energy in my home.

My motivation is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth as I recognize that climate change is a most serious threat to the lives of the present and future generations.

Primate of Sweden and Archbishop of Uppsala Sweden

I commit to eat at least five vegetarian meals each week.

Catholic, USA, co-president of Pax Christi International

I believe deeply in the sacredness of creation and have tried to live lightly on the earth for many years.

I commit to walk or use a bicycle for my repeated errands

Franciscan Friar and teacher

This seems a natural corollary of seeing the earth as sacred and even the Body of Christ.

I commit to plan for non-stop flights - to avoid connecting flights or layovers.

  • Plan for non-stop flights (no connecting flights or layovers)
  • Avoid long-haul flights (5 hours or more)
  • Replace my home light bulbs with LEDs
  • Adjust my thermostat 1-2 °C (3-4 °F) higher during summer
  • Adjust my thermostat 1-2 °C (3-4 °F) lower during winter
  • Minimize my air conditioning use
  • Reduce food waste in my home by 50%Eat chicken instead of beef or lamb

Co-Founder of the Jewish Ecological Coalition (JECO) Australia

To take care of God's world for those humans, animals and species struggling today, and into the future.

I commit to:

  • Plan for non-stop flights (no connecting flights or layovers)
  • Make your next car a hybrid or electric car
  • Replace my home light bulbs with LEDs
  • Adjust my thermostat 1-2 °C (3-4 °F) higher during summer
  • Purchase renewable energy to power my home
  • Install a solar array to power my residence
  • Reduce food waste in my home by 50%
  • Make at least half of my meals plant-based (with exceptions for cheese and milk)
  • Eat meat only once each week

Personal Reflections, Stories, and Lessons

Living the change can be easier and more rewarding when we share about our experiences. These broad-based stories of change remind us that we are all in this together. They offer lessons, recommendations, and spiritual reflections for a flourishing future.

By telling personal stories within our community, we reaffirm our responsibility to care for our shared planet. Will you join us?

My children have been my inspiration and role models. They have educated me about air pollution, plastics and waste. They choose not to fly, follow a vegan diet and they walk wherever possible.

Rabbi Katy Allen reflects upon the individual, family, and societal factors that often determine how easy or difficult it can be for us to live sustainabily.

We do live in a world where we advocate change all the time - political, social and even spiritual - but we do not take any steps ourselves. Allah informs us that He will not change a community until they change themselves

(Quran, 13: 11)

Lindsey Fielder Cook, Representative for Climate Change with the Quaker United Nations Office, discuss the benefits and challenges of making sustainable decisions both as an individual and as part of a family.

Mr. Rufus Kamran, Executive Director of the Society for Peace and Sustainable Development (SPSD)-Pakistan, shares his personal experience with the Ecumenical theology of development.

Brother Lluc Torcal serves as Procurator General Cisterian Order of the Catholic Poblet monestary in Catalonia, where he supports an ecological conversion process that reflects a path of simplicity.

BK Jayasimha collaborated with fellow members of the Brahma Kumaris community to build the solar energy systems that power their headquarters in Mt. Abu, India.

Sister Jayanti, European Director of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, has moved to a totally plant-based diet in accordance with the law of “karma” (action and reaction) and respect for our natural resources.

Rev. Milton Mejía has developed an Eco-Theology Course in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia that seeks to recover the concepts and practices of austerity, saving, and pastoral care from an ecological perspective.

Per Ingvar Haukeland is a Quaker professor and senior researcher who has worked together with his wife to establish a sustainability transition initiative for residents of their small Norwegian town.

Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness, has committed to traveling by train whenever possible while overseeing outreach to the Quaker community across North America.

Imam Zaid Shakir discusses how and why it is up to each person to make the lessons of Ramadan lasting and permanent.

Marie Denis, co-president of the global Catholic peace movement Pax Christi International, helped establish an intentional community in an inner city neighborhood of Washington, DC, focused on social justice, peace, and active nonviolence.

Rev. John Dear, a Catholic priest who has written more than 30 books about the Gospel of Jesus, the way of nonviolence, and the call to make peace, reflects upon his decades of work as a justice and peace activist.

Sister Christin Tomy, OP, has sparked meaningful conversations among her fellow Catholic Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa about the spiritual and ethical foundations of her vegetarianism.