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.
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 of good materials and resources. Check out the table of contents on page 2 to figure out where to start.
- Our social media toolkit is being updated weekly with posts and resources you can share.
- Here is a poster to use in photos on your day of action! Be sure to customize it to reflect your location and the demand or campaign you are working on.
- Here are some further ideas about close-to-home actions, if your area is currently on lockdown due to Covid-19.
Here are some tips on creating your 11 March action in a safe, socially-distanced way. Get creative and adapt these ideas for your own setting, because you know best what’s going to work for you.
Sound the alarm at your religious institution.
Get a commitment from your church to ring the bells, blow the shofar at your synagogue, sound the gong, or call to prayer at 11am to signify that we are in the 11th hour! If it is safe to gather at the place of worship, have a faith leader or song leader lead a prayer or a song, and have people introduce themselves to each other and voice their commitment to action for the climate. You can hold a gathering that requires masks and requires people to socially distance. You can also gather right outside of your church, mosque, temple. or synagogue.
Organize a public meditation action.
- Gather a group of 3 or more people to meditate in a high visibility public place with a sign that says, “Sacred People, Sacred Earth” and any other climate messages you have for your local community. Use the hashtag #Faiths4Climate to share your event and photos on social media.
- Make sure that you maintain at least 2 meters of distance between participants in order to protect each other from COVID-19.
Organise a pray-in to highlight a climate demand.
- If you are already working on a local campaign, organize a pray-in to target the decision maker on your campaign. The pray-in could be in a centrally located place, or could be in front of your target’s office or home.
- Speak to the religious and moral reasons why this target should do the right thing.
- Say a prayer, sing a song, or make some noise.
- Be sure to keep at least 2 meters away from the other participants. You can even mark this with chalk or a rope that has knots every meter so people can space themselves safely.
Organize a socially distanced procession through your town
- Invite your local faith communities to join you in a parade or procession through your town where you make lots of noise, sing together, and have people of different faiths leading chants, songs, or prayers.
- Bring signs that say, “Faith communities call for bold climate action” or more specific demands if you are working on a campaign locally.
You can do this in a socially distant way where you are lined up single-file and stay at least 2 meters apart at all times.
If you don’t feel comfortable gathering with a group, several people can hold signs on a corner in front of your house of worship that say #SacredPeopleSacredEarth and #Faiths4Climate. Be sure to take a photo, post it on social media with the two hashtags, and send it to email@example.com.
Not allowed to leave your house because of COVID? Do a digital action! Take a photo of yourself (and your family!) with a sign that says #SacredPeopleSacredEarth and #Faiths4Climate. Put a message on your sign for whatever local campaign you want to support. Here are some further ideas about close-to-home actions.