This book addresses the need to develop a holistic approach to countering violence that integrates notions of peace, justice and care of the Earth. It will be launched online on Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020, 6:00 PM AEDT. You are invited to join the release of this important book, to be launched by Dr Vandana Shiva and Prof Richard Falk.
For individual Christians and other people of faith in Australia concerned about the environmental impact of their investments, and who would like find out more about how the banks and Super funds invest their funds, assistance is available from Market Forces, an affiliate project of the Friends of the Earth Australia.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his voice to calls for the economic model that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic to be a sustainable one.
Religions for Peace is forming a partnership with FaithInvest. FaithInvest is an international non-profit organisation that assists faith groups to invest in line with their beliefs and values. The organisation’s aim is to support the rapidly developing movement of faiths actively using their investments to create a better world – for people and planet.
The goal of this new partnership is to share ways of developing environmental aid, and one of the ways to support the achievement of Religions for Peace’s strategic priorities 2020-2025 can be through FaithInvest’s Faith Long-term Plans. The collaboration will drive multi-faith investment for multi-faith efforts, and to grow the scale and impact of faith-consistent investment. This partnership advances Religions for Peace’s strategic plan 2020-2025 and actively supports the United Nations’s COP26 efforts
Faith for Earth – A Call for Action was launched at the Faith for Nature: Multi-Faith Action Conference 5-8 October 2020, which was hosted by the Government of Iceland. This book is an interfaith collaboration that offers an introduction to the magnitude of the task we now face and to the faith communities that are becoming a force for the global environmental future.
Sacred People, Sacred Earth – Sounding the Alarm is available in Arabic, Bahasa, Danish, English, French, German, Japanese, Kiswahili, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish. This is an Interfaith Statement calling for a just compassionate recovery from Covid and Climate.
Faith for Nature: Multi-Faith Action is a global event designed to lay the foundation for inter-faith collaboration for sustainable and regenerative development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The concept and objectives of this conference will be in support of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly to be held in February 2021 in Nairobi with the overall theme “ Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The Faith for Nature Conference will have the following objectives and outcomes:
A) Identify the relevance and way forward in mobilising values, ethics, spirituality and faith-based action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
B) Empower faith-based organisations in taking action for the Sustainable Development Goals and to cooperate for sustainable and regenerative development, with a view to endorsing the establishment of a global Faith for Earth Coalition. Religions for Peace Australia will be participating in this event, giving Report from the Asia and Australia Hub.
Religions for Peace and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology recognise the critical need to generate energy around spiritually inspired environmental protection and sustainability. Thus, they are partnering to engage youth in the exploration of how religious, spiritual, or ethical approaches to environmental issues can complement approaches from science, policy, law, economics, or technology. The webinar – online – will take place on 2 October 2020.
The Faith Ecology Network invites you to share in their Deep Listening event led by Andrew Skeoch: science and faith in an interactive dialogue, including Jewish, Baha’i, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Brahma Kumaris and Traditional Aboriginan responses to the topic and breakout room discussions on Monday 12 October 2020.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change will present a webinar on Covid-19 and the Climate Challenge in Oceania on evening of Monday, 28 September 2020. All concerned about the climate are invited to participate.
The Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action for the environment, begins on 1 September. During this annual event, Christians around the world renew their relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment.
The world’s religions offer a unique and vital collection of moral teachings and spiritual insights about the Earth, all people, and the sacred. Join us to explore a diverse range of teachings and insights that inspire us to work with passion and reverence for environmental and climate justice. You’ll learn about environmental resources within your own tradition and learn more about other’s religions on 27 August.
Interfaith organisations in Australia are coming together to render support and hold prayer and meditation events to mark Earth Overshoot Day. The coming together as multifaith groups will render support God’s Creation as we know it on Earth
This year Earth Overshoot Day will fall on 22 August. To maximise publicity about this solemn milestone day, Interfaith networks will assemble at with their prayer and witness at midday on Friday 21 August to alert people to Earth Overshoot Day the next day.
What is Earth Overshoot Day?
Earth Overshoot Day is the day when humanity’s demands for ecological resources (fresh water, fish, forests, etc), exceeds what the Earth can renew in a year.
The World Council of Churches releases a collection of curated resources to support churches, church-run schools, Sunday schools and summer camps in their ongoing efforts to promote care for children and youth through intergenerational climate- and environmental justice. The toolkit supports the Churches’ Commitments to Children, in which climate initiatives for and with children is an important pillar.
Tropical forests are being destroyed at alarming rates around the world, driving climate change and biodiversity loss, and intensifying poverty. The habitat loss from tropical deforestation is also leading to increased contact between humans and wildlife. This exposure increases incidence of zoonotic diseases, infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans. As the loss of tropical forests accelerates, the public health danger from deforestation is growing worse.
This week, 42 faith institutions from 14 countries announced their divestment from fossil fuels. This is the largest divestment from fossil fuels from faith institutions around the world to date. Faith organisations in the UK, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Myanmar, Spain and the United States are taking part.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) advocates that Australian governments respond to the science of climate change in the way they have responded to COVID-19. This would mean stimulus spending on climate-conserving, low-carbon options, many of which are deployment ready, economically cheaper and more employment-intensive than fossil fuel-based industries which are declining and come with huge and costly environmental consequences.
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) invites you to be at the forefront of climate action in Australia. In this time of extreme adversity, people of faith can join together in the spirit of love, reverence and compassion.