Our Mission

Because the Earth and all people are sacred and at risk, GreenFaith is building a worldwide, multi-faith climate and environmental movement.

Together our members create communities to transform ourselves, our spiritual institutions, and society to protect the planet and create a compassionate, loving and just world.

Our Vision

We envision a world transformed, in which humanity in all its diversity has developed a shared reverence for life on Earth. Religious and spiritual communities everywhere generate a moral awakening to the sacredness of Earth and the dignity of all people. Together, we are building resilient, caring communities and economies that meet everyone’s needs and protect the planet. The era of conquest, extraction, and exploitation has given way to cooperation and community.

The good life is one of connectedness—with each other and all of nature. It is a world of flourishing life that replaces despair with joy, scarcity with shared abundance, and privilege with justly distributed power.


We share beliefs and principles that shape our work and guide our relationships:


We are centered and inspired by our faiths and revere the sacredness of Earth and all people.


We act out of love and a deep will to end the suffering of people and the planet.


We strive to end all forms of oppression and bring forth an equitable and healed world.


We collaborate with persons richly diverse in culture and backgrounds.


We lead by example and seek to embody integrity, transparency, and accountability.


We show courage in taking risks and creativity in our actions.


People of faith make up over 80% percent of the world’s population. Our religions teach us to care for the earth and each other; we seek to live by these values. Right now, however, the world is deeply out of balance and we are frightened and concerned. The most vulnerable among us are suffering while ineffective or authoritarian governments, polluting and extractive industries, and extremist cultural and religious forces place our planet at great risk.

We have an opportunity now for bold transformation, to build a life connected to each other and the Earth.

But we know that we have an opportunity now for bold transformation, to build a life connected to each other and the Earth. Our faith and spiritual practices give us the strength to turn towards great challenges and to profoundly change the world. People of faith have done so before when there was a call to action, and members of the GreenFaith community are choosing to do so now.

Around the globe, we’re organizing people of faith, spiritually but not religious people, and religious leaders to join the GreenFaith community and to develop local Circles.

Within these Circles, people create community, learn, grow and take action. Because we believe that change in one area accelerates change in other areas, our Circle members work to transform our own lives, our religious institutions, and our society. We won’t stop until equitable, truly sustainable policies, actions, and practices are embodied at every level.

It won’t be easy. The climate emergency we face is enormous. The forces working against us – the fossil fuel industry, corrupt or inadequate administrations, the culture of consumerism, simple inertia – are powerful.

But our community is responding. We’re pressing governments to commit to a global recovery from COVID-19 that invests in a just transition to 100% renewable energy, healthy food, clean water and air for everyone – and millions of green jobs to remake the world. We’re organizing religious groups to divest from fossil fuels, industrial agriculture, and the banks that finance the planet’s destruction and invest in climate solutions, especially those providing clean energy to the millions living without electricity. We’re striving to lead by example, adopting climate-friendly consumption habits at home and at our places of prayer and worship.

In communities all around the world, in circles of friends and neighbors, our community is coming together to build equitable, caring and resilient institutions and societies.

We invite you to join us.


The Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo is GreenFaith’s Latinx and Latin America Organizing and Training Coordinator. A Venezuelan-American eco-theologian and Presbyterian pastor, she has taught eco-theology at theological seminaries in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, México and the USA. Neddy co-founded the Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois, a farm-based nonprofit where people learned to connect food, farming and caring for Earth.

Caroline Bader is co-facilitator of the GreenFaith International Network and coordinates GreenFaith’s work on individual behavior change and engagement with German faith communities. She holds a diploma in religious education and a certificate in International Organisations Management and previously served as Youth Secretary for the Lutheran World Federation.

The Rev. Amy Brooks Paradise is GreenFaith’s North Carolina Organizer. A Unitarian Universalist minister, Amy served for many years with Charlotte’s Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and more recently as the minister of the UU Fellowship of Lake Norman. She’s on the board of the Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Ministry and the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina.

Nana Firman is GreenFaith’s Senior Ambassador. An Indonesian, she directed WWF-Indonesia’s “Green Reconstruction” efforts during a post-tsunami period and developed an urban climate change adaptation and mitigation initiative. An internationally recognized speaker, she is one of 20 Earth Defenders featured in One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet.

The Rev. Fletcher Harper is GreenFaith’s Executive Director. A pioneer of the global religious environmental movement, he helps spearhead the faith-based fossil fuel divestment movement, organizes faith turnouts at major climate mobilizations, and is a co-founder of Shine, an international campaign that supports women and community-led renewable energy access initiatives in Africa and India. He is the author of GreenFaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Protect the Earth.

Oluwatosin Kolawole, GreenFaith Organizer, helps organize GreenFaith Circles in New Jersey and the growth of GreenFaith’s organizing in Africa. Tosin is Nigerian, was active in anti-coal campaigns and climate mobilizations in Lagos, and now calls New Jersey, US, home.

Dr. Martin Kopp helps coordinate GreenFaith’s work on personal behavior change and engagement with French-speaking and European faith groups. His doctoral thesis was on de-growth and ecotheology (University of Strasbourg, France), and he consults on this topic with religious and secular groups in France and beyond. He served as the Climate Justice Advocacy Officer of the Lutheran World Federation and chairs the Commission on Ecology and Climate Justice of the French Protestant Federation.

The Rev. abby mohaupt is GreenFaith’s Director of Education & Training. abby previously coordinated GreenFaith’s and Drew Theological School’s Green Seminary Initiative, and she coordinates GreenFaith’s relationships with seminaries across the US. She holds a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary, is a PhD candidate at Drew Theological School, is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and lives in Texas.

Sara Shor, GreenFaith’s Organizing Director, has over 15 years of organizing experience, most recently as US Campaigns Director at 350.org. Sara’s previous roles at 350.org included service as Keep it in the Ground Campaign Manager, Keystone XL and Tar Sands Campaign Manager, and U.S. National Organizer. Prior to working for 350, Sara worked on electoral, food justice, and environmental justice campaigns in Washington DC, Ohio, and California.

The Rev. Ronald B. Tuff is GreenFaith’s New Jersey Organizer, where he has specialized in organizing black churches for environmental leadership. With degrees from Wilberforce University (BA) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (MPA), he served as director of the Paterson Task Force, a community-based weatherization agency, for 15 years. He is an associate pastor at First Bethel Baptist Church in Irvington, NJ.

Meryne Warah is co-facilitator and coordinator of the GreenFaith International Network. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, she has worked with the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance where she coordinated climate justice policy advocacy in eight African countries, and the Interreligious Council of Kenya, where she served as Programme Officer for Gender, Environment and Climate Change.



Pastor Jack Ouma Ogeda is an ordained minister of Seventh Day Adventist Church, currently serving at Nairobi Central S.D.A. Church. A commissioner at Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) and a member of Karura Adventist school board, he believes that “we are God’s stewards and that the faith community must be involved in addressing climate change.

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano is the Director-General/CEO of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and co-founder of GreenFaith Nigeria. He previously served as Senior Adviser on Policy & Advocacy at the Birdlife International Secretariat, Senior Policy Adviser, Poverty Reduction & Climate Change at the Islamic Relief Secretariat, and Head of Research & Development at the Humanitarian Academy for Development.

Ayodele Alamu leads the Business Development & Communication team at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation where he engages individuals, organizations and corporate partners to support conservation activities and projects.

Francesca de Gasparis is the Executive Director of SAFCEI, founded in 2005 as a regional organisation working with faith leaders and their communities. Previously Francesca was the Director from inception of the Green Belt Movement International – Europe and worked closely with Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. She has worked on climate change advocacy with an emphasis on gender justice for over eighteen years. She serves on the Board of Mdzananda Animal Clinic and on the Advisory Boards of Climate Wise Women and the ACT Ubumbano Hub.

Wayne du Plessis is the programmes and operations manager of SAFCEI. His responsibilities include monitoring programmatic execution and overseeing SAFCEI’s daily operational implementation.

Joshua Kitakule is Secretary General of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, an indegenous national faith based organisation whose member institutions include the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church in Uganda, the Uganda Orthodox Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, the Born Again Federation and the National Alliance of Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches in Uganda.

Damon is a minister in the United Church of Zambia and currently serves as the Hospital Administrator for The United Church of Zambia Mbereshi Mission Hospital. A GreenFaith Fellow, he is currently coordinating the development of GreenFaith Zambia, to be linked with Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute.

Rev. Masango Roderick Warakula (“Massy) is an Anglican Priest in the Diocese of Harare and a lecturer at the National Anglican Theological College of Zimbabwe where he teaches Biblical Studies and Eco-Theology. A GreenFaith Fellow, he is currently coordinating the development of GreenFaith Zimbabwe, to be linked with Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute.


Pinaki serves as the Coordinator of GreenFaith India. A Hindu and a certified environmental, safety, and risk management expert, he has experience with environmental and sustainability projects across India. Pinaki is based in Delhi, India, where he fosters dialogue and collaboration between environmental, scientific, and faith leaders.

Fachruddin Majeri Mangunjaya, PhD., is a leading eco-activist in the Muslim world who has been working to educate and organize Muslim leaders in support of conservation and environmental goals since the 1990s. He has written dozens of articles and books on Islam and the environment and has helped train more than 1000 clerics in delivering sermons that connect environmental issues with Islam. He is Chairman of the Centre for Islamic Studies at Universitas Nasional, Jakarta.

Hening is a GreenFaith Fellow who is active in efforts to educate Muslims on climate and environmental concerns, including protecting Indonesia’s tropical forests through the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, a global effort which GreenFaith helped found and co-leads. She is the Environmental Coordinator for ‘Aisyiyah, Indonesia’s largest Muslim Women’s organization. Hening has been involved in environmental, humanitarian, and diversity issues for many years as director of Humanitarian Forum Indonesia, a multi-faith humanitarian and development network.

Hayu is chair of Siaga Bumi, a national-level interfaith organization, and director of the environmental arm of the national council of Islamic leaders and scholars in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. He has helped launch green mosque programs, initiate the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Indonesia, and implemented sustainable living efforts in mosques across the country.

Australia / Oceania

The chair of ARRCC, Thea is a social worker and a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Kingsgrove, and has eight grandchildren. She has been actively involved in peace, justice and ecology efforts for over 30 years, with organizations such as AFTINET, Jubilee Australia and Micah Challenge and in the fossil fuel divestment movement. She is widely recognized as a leader of the religious response to the climate crisis in Australia.

Fachruddin Majeri Mangunjaya, PhD., is a leading eco-activist in the Muslim world who has been working to educate and organize Muslim leaders in support of conservation and environmental goals since the 1990s. He has written dozens of articles and books on Islam and the environment and has helped train more than 1000 clerics in delivering sermons that connect environmental issues with Islam. He is Chairman of the Centre for Islamic Studies at Universitas Nasional, Jakarta.

Europe and United Kingdom

Canon Giles Goddard is Vicar of St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. St John’s hosts the Waterloo Festival and is closely involved in the South Bank arts scene, and is noted for its work on climate change, inclusion and interfaith engagement. Giles founded and chairs the Faith for the Climate Network and is a member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group. He was responsible for the key amendment to a General Synod motion in 2019 which committed the Church of England to a target fossil fuel divestment date of 2023.

Lizzie is Partnerships Lead for the UK Faith for the Climate Network, and a GreenFaith Fellow. She also serves as UK Director for international peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground, leading work on religious engagement in peacebuilding and has worked with Rabbi Jeffrey Newman to help build Jewish Action on Climate Change.

Latin America

Director of ISER, a 50-year old Brazilian NGO, Pedro founded Balcão de Direitos, a project to ensure access to justice and conflict mediation in Rio de Janeiro and in 17 other states. He was a member of the National Youth Council and the National Public Security Council; the Rio de Janeiro Committee to Combat Torture, the State Council on Human Rights and Public Security, Secretary for Human Rights of the State of Rio de Janeiro and coordinator of the state Human Rights Commission. In 2015, he helped launch Fe No Clima, Brazil’s first multi-faith climate change initiative, and now helps lead the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Brazil.

Arianne is an eco-theologian and coordinator of the Alianza Interreligiosa y Espiritual por el Clima. She has worked for an Ecumenical Centre in Santiago de Chile on climate justice in faith communities and is active in the Lutheran Evangelical Church. She loves bringing people together, good conversations, facilitating unusual encounters and eco-learning, coaching, yoga, music, nature and eco-spirituality.

North America

Reverend Michelle Singh is an Interfaith Minister and Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good, a national charitable network, committed to building resilient and sustainable communities. She is vice-chair of the award winning World Interfaith Harmony Week’s Interfaith Toronto and co-founded a multi-faith Spiritual Dialogue Circle in 2008.

The Rev. Fletcher Harper is GreenFaith’s Executive Director. A pioneer of the global religious environmental movement, he helps spearhead the faith-based fossil fuel divestment movement, organizes faith turnouts at major climate mobilizations, and is a co-founder of Shine, an international campaign that supports women and community-led renewable energy access initiatives in Africa and India. He is the author of GreenFaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Protect the Earth.


Deborah Prinz, a New Jersey native, is the founder of the Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood and the Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program. Prior to her work with the schools, Deborah was a counselor with North Jersey Mental Health Associates in Morristown. She studied in Israel with the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad, graduated from New College of Hofstra University and holds a MEd from Columbia University Teachers College. She currently serves on the board of the Orange Orphan Society Deborah and lives in South Orange.

Irene Woodard, Vice Chair, is the owner of TrueBlooms, a floral business which uses seasonal, fresh, local flowers. True Blooms was chosen to design the stage set and create the floral arrangements for the Dalai Lama’s conversation at Town Hall in New York City in 2010. She served as Director of Practice and Training at Sky Lake Lodge, a Buddhist Retreat Center in New York’s Hudson Valley and is founder of Touching the Earth, the Shambhala Buddhist environmental initiative.

Philip I. Brilliant, Treasurer, CHMM, LSRP is the owner and CEO of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC and a charter member of the Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board. A well-respected specialist in the remediation of contaminated sites, he has been influential in New Jersey’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional program.  Phil is also president of Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River and founder of the Marilyn D. Brilliant Memorial Scholarship at Temple Beth El of Somerset, NJ.

Mark Brescia, Secretary, is an Account Manager at ICF International. He is currently working on the NYC Clean Heat program that improves air quality and saves lives by eliminating heavy oil use and accelerating the adoption of the cleanest fuels. Mark previously led Green Market Solutions’ Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star® program and increased the use of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs while educating students and communities on climate change as part of The New Jersey Clean Energy Program.

Jack M. Gorman, M.D., Executive Committee, is President and Co-founder of Critica, a non-profit organization devoted to improving the public’s acceptance of scientific consensus. He was on the faculty of Columbia University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he served as Klingenstein Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience. Jack has authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific articles and chapters, was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for his research from 1981 until 2006, and has won numerous awards for his research and service to psychiatry. Jack is an active member of his Orthodox synagogue and a Board Member of the UJA-Federation of New York. With his daughter Sara, he is co-author of Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us.

Pastor Leo Woodberry, Executive Committee, is pastor of Kingdom Living Temple in Florence, South Carolina. In response to African American church burnings in the mid-1990s throughout the South, Rev. Woodberry’s work with the South Carolina Burned Church Restoration Coalition helped to bring the arsonists to justice, effectively shutting down the public operations of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina.  In the early 2000’s, Leo joined the nascent African American Environmental Justice Action Network and organized community members around the issue of mercury contamination in fish and waterways due to pollution from coal-burning power plants. He continued to fight against the impacts of coal pollution as part of a coalition that successfully prevented the Pee Dee coal plant from being built.

Scott James-Vickery is Executive of the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner for the United Methodist Church, where he administers mission personnel both in the U.S and abroad who serve in a variety of advocacy vocations. He also serves on the Board of Directors for DOTAC-Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean, an ecumenical group of Christian diaconal communities in North America, the Caribbean, Central America and South America leading the church in compassion and justice.

The Rt. Rev. Nathan Kyamanya is Bishop (Ret.) of the Diocese of Bunyoro, Kitara, Church of Uganda (Anglican). A long-time environmental advocate, he mobilized congregations in Uganda to mitigate climate change impacts on local agricultural communities and pioneered a process through which he asked all persons whom he confirmed, and all couples whom he married, to plant a tree, resulting in over 10,000 trees planted during his ministry. He has represented the ACT Alliance at the UNFCCC climate conferences.

Denise Patel is a New York City-based human rights and environmental activist. Her personal and professional work has focused on grassroots organizing, building coalitions, and leading advocacy campaigns to address occupational and environmental health impacts of climate change and toxic chemicals. She has previously worked for organizations such as the NJ Work Environment Council and has been a leader in the fossil fuel divestment movement working with the DivestInvest Network, 350.org, and the Peoples Climate Movement – New York. She holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University with a focus on Climate and Health.

Fred Profeta was Mayor of Maplewood Township, New Jersey from 2004-2008 and now serves as the Deputy Mayor for the Environment. He was Chair of the New Jersey Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future from 2006-2011, co-founding the Sustainable Jersey municipal certification program.  Profeta speaks widely around New Jersey and beyond to promote Sustainable Jersey and presented at the 2009 Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2010, Profeta received the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Leadership Excellence award. He is also a New York lawyer, and has been the senior partner of Profeta & Eisenstein since 1987.

Cynthia Scharf is the senior strategy director for the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative. She previously served as the head of strategic communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for the United Nations secretary-general from 2009-2016, played a key role in the secretary-general’s two global climate change summits (2014 and 2009) and advised the secretary-general during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the landmark Paris climate change agreement in 2015. Prior to her work on climate change, Cynthia worked on global humanitarian and public health emergencies at the UN and with international non-governmental organizations in the Balkans, Africa, the UK, and Russia. She began her career as a journalist in Moscow in the early 1990s covering the collapse of the communist system in the former USSR and Eastern Europe.

Scott A. Weiner is the Principal of SAW Associates LLC, a consulting firm focusing on business strategy and public policy in the areas of climate change, commercialization of renewable energy technologies and emerging business models for energy utilities. He is a member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City and previously served as a member of its Board of Trustees. Scott has served as President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, and as Deputy, Markets & Innovation, at the New York State Department of Public Service. He also has served on the senior management team of public and private clean energy businesses. Scott is the founding Director of the Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy at Rutgers University and has served as a Senior Policy Fellow and Faculty Fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.