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African faith communities to Gates Foundation: “Industrial agriculture is no solution for Africa”

500 African faith leaders sign letter, receive no reply An open letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signed by nearly 500 faith leaders across Africa and organized and sent by the Southern African Faith Communities’ Institute (SAFCEI) emphasizes that the Foundation’s support for an industrial agriculture approach reliant on monocropping and intensive toxic chemical inputs while displacing smallholder farmers will be disastrous for the continent. The letter was released at a 4 August press event with speakers from across Southern Africa. SAFCEI’s Executive Director Francesca de Gasparis said, “In addition to damaging ecosystems, threatening local livelihoods and increasing climate vulnerabilities, monocrop farming ignores and undermines smallholder farmers, whose efforts promote sustainable food production and protect the environment. African farmers need communal solutions that increase climate resilience, rather than the top-down profit-driven industrial-scale farming systems that the Gates Foundation is supporting.” According to SAFCEI and other experts, the Gates…

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PRESS RELEASE: Sacred People, Sacred Earth

FRENCH TRANSLATION       SPANISH TRANSLATION       GERMAN TRANSLATION With Pointed Urgency, Faiths Rise for Climate Justice UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 11 MARCH 00:01 CET ( PARIS, BRUSSELS, BERLIN) Grassroots Religious Activists, High-Level Faith Leaders Issue Ten Demands, Condemn Inadequate Progress by Governments and Financial Institutions  Today, at more than 400 grassroots religious actions in 43 countries, thousands of people of faith called on political and financial leaders to meet a series of ambitious climate demands at COP26, with support from over 200 high-level faith leaders. This largest-ever grassroots multi-faith climate day of action, co-sponsored by over 120 religious groups representing more than 100 million members, sent a clear message: world leaders are not doing nearly enough to address the climate crisis. Alarmed by the massive gap between what is required to limit global temperature rise and actual climate change commitments by governments and financial institutions, grassroots religious…

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COVID Won’t Stop Us

Tips for Planning Your Action on the Sacred People, Sacred Earth  11 March Day of Climate Action Around the globe, people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds are organizing public actions at 11am on 11 March – the 11th hour of the 11th day. We face a grave threat to our future, and diverse religious groups are leading by example in their call for leadership that addresses the climate emergency. Hundreds of actions are registered already, and the number is growing daily. The creativity and variety of actions being planned is inspiring. One thing is clear: COVID will not stop us from calling for climate justice.   Register your event here today! Wherever possible, we’re encouraging people to plan actions outdoors, in spaces that are meaningful and visible. Here are some resources that can help you plan your action. The Sacred People, Sacred Earth Day of Action Info Pack has lots…