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Take Action Together in 2022!

On our December 9, 2021 Welcome Call, we shared a variety of ways to take action together in 2022. Learn more below and then sign up to join together as people of faith to create a more just, compassionate, and loving world. For all. Deforestation  Forests are among nature’s best defenders against climate crisis – if we could just leave them alone long enough that they can fulfill their destiny as avid carbon absorbers. Research and feedback from GreenFaith’s organized Sacred People Sacred Earth and Faith 4 Climate Justice days of action have shown that care of the Earth, care of People, and returning surplus to the ecosystem through afforestation is one of the actions that communities in the global south participated in. GreenFaith has been working with partners like the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and with grassroots leaders around the world around tree plantings and other actions that work against…

RWE and BlackRock: Stop Destroying Churches and Communities with Coal Mines

This weekend is the 1st Sunday of Advent for Christians around the world, marking the beginning of the church year and anticipation of Jesus’ birth.  But for the three Catholic churches around Keyenberg, it is their end. They will all be deconsecrated. Desecrated, really. For a coal mine.  I am sad and outraged. The region where these churches sit is on top of one of Europe’s largest coal deposits, the Garzweiler coal mine. Lützerath and Keyenberg are slated for destruction in the coming months as the mine continues to advance. If mined and burned, this coal would make it impossible for Germany to meet its 1.5°C climate commitment, according to the German Institute for Economic Research.  The German multinational firm RWE (the largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe in 2018), with financing from BlackRock (the world’s largest asset manager), is exploiting the entire area. The Garzweiler mine has…

Press Release: Islamic Society of North America Endorses Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Islamic Society of North America Endorses Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty With GreenFaith, Signs Interfaith Letter Calling for Managed Decline for Fossil Fuels, Just Transition  Contact: Islamic Society of North America – Imam Saffet Catovic, +1-202-993-8636, scatovic@isna.net GreenFaith – Rev. Fletcher Harper, +1-201-390-0094, fletcher@greenfaith.org Today, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and called on other Muslim and religious organizations to sign an interfaith letter in support of the treaty.  ISNA was joined by GreenFaith, an international, multi-faith organization, which extended the sign-on invitation to religious groups globally. “For too long, massive oil producers, including in Muslim nations, have endangered the future of life by preventing policies to put an end to fossil fuel extraction and production and to bring about a just transition to a sustainable future. We cannot be silent anymore because the lives of countless people, the world’s ecosystems, and the lives…

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…