Recognize the play of artificial intelligence in your life

We are not talking about any IBM applications here, but some of the most common slots where artificial intelligence (AI) fits in to combine sophistication and routine in the most seamless manner. Some of you might have noticed the playoff AI in your day-to-day life, while others may not. Still, these are some of the simplest examples of how smart you can make your business naturally. Many of us actually live by it every minute.

Browse everything and AI is your lifeline

I am a ‘googlist’ who has the habit of looking into Google and searching for any topic that arises in my mind any time. Going further extreme, I usually type the first couple of letters or phrases and then wait for pop-down options to appear in the search column, and in most occasions, my keywords come down. How does the search tool display the topic in our mind? By using AI. This is called predictive analysis where the tool collects your search preferences and history and combines them with the trend and matching topics.

Reach anywhere by standing on an escalator

72 Gates to go to reach your boarding point inside the airport! It is a cakewalk for us now because the moment you step on to the escalator belt with your entire luggage, it starts moving and you jump out with ease. You are visiting the biggest mall in your place and traversing up and down on the lift will not give you the same joy of witnessing the mall life and moving. Again, this is the AI moving the escalator when you raise your feet. Similar is the example of the entrance opening when you reach near, instead of a manual operator or security opening it. Or showing your hand in between the lift doors to prevent their closure.

Earn points and currency on the Internet with a simple profile

Online gaming is the most popular hobby for the young techie generations. With improvements in technology, competition and user competence the game makers are leaving no gap to push the games ahead of time by incorporating automation in driving, scheduling etc, smart behavioral devices, pattern recognition etc into them. Why would the puzzle solvers stand back? Your best trading partner and the loyal puzzle solving Crypto Code are software robots running purely on AI-based technology.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Next time when you use the voice-to-text option, automatic customer care service, spam folder in the email, security devices, E-Commerce advertisements, selecting news feed etc, do not forget to thank AI.

Photos + Videos

Above: COP22 Interfaith Statement handed by Sister Jayanti, European Director of Brahma Kumaris to Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Communications Director speaking on behalf of Ms Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, 10 November 2016. Photo credit LWF/Ryan RoderickBeile

See a wide selection of photos from our event on 10 November at COP22 on flickr – free to use, please credit accordingly

The event flagged off by the signing of eminent faith leaders and achieved the epitome of recognition when the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. H.E. Mogens Lykketoft accepted the event on April 18. The photo collection includes the moments captured on our official rolling camera as well as the numerous media personnel and distinguished fraternities who were eager to take imprints of this historical event, meant for a geographical cause.

You can go through the photos here in our online reporting site as we arrange a big-stage demonstration of the albums soon in the public domain. The background workers who conceptualized and realized this statement was apprehensive initially as they were going to touch one of the most sensitive human emotions, that is, faith. However, when they approached the faith leaders, they were more than willing to contribute and encourage the event as they knew the ultimate positive impact it is going to have on this world and that the direction chosen is currently the ideal one. It is sure that if a list of Top 10 Binary Singals is made for environmental events, the event would make it to the most influential position.

With the first step of the event, the public support and governing support were tremendous that publicity was not required at the higher level. Recruiting volunteers was never included in the to-do task list as the followers of faith were more than happy and dignified to follow their leaders. By publishing these photographs and videos with due credit in the public domain, we intend to stretch this event deeper into the common society. When they see their leader, they will enquire the cause and may even join us without further motivation from our side.

See some videos of the 10 November 2016 event by clicking below –

  • Accelerating the Divestment Movement, Hon Mark Sainsbury, Trustee Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust
  • Why Faiths Matter, Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith
  • Call to Action, Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund

See below photos from our event on 10 November at COP22 – free to use, photo credit LWF/Ryan Roderick Beile

 

 

PRESS AND MEDIA

For any questions, interviews with statement signers or other press inquiries, please email director@greenfaith.org

  •  Press Release – 10 November, 2016 – Faith Leaders Challenge Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds in COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement: Sever Trillions in Fossil Fuel Investments

 

  •  Connected News – 10 November, 2016 Islamic Society of North America becomes world’s first Muslim institution to divest – Move coincides with statement from eminent faith leaders, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, calling on global financiers to divert cash from fossil fuels to renewables.For the most rural communities, burning wood and charcoal may be the convenient sources of energy and or the organized rural communities, cow dung, coal, kerosene etc may be the power resources. Petrochemicals become the major power provider mainly in towns and cities where the residents do not mind burning their pocket with the high prices with the impression that they are the essential sources of power. The bigger cities and metropolitans have already faced the wrath of pollution and climate change due to overuse of fossil fuels in all walks of routine life and industrial production that they are switching over to renewable and cleaner forms of energy. These cities are reeling under unusually high temperatures, irregular and out-of-the timetable natural disasters, and breathing air so toxic that serious respiratory issues are as common as the common cold.

    The issue with fossil fuels is not limited to the release of harmful byproducts into the environment and ecosystem. These are non-renewable sources of energy and take thousands of years to replenish. Once they are gone, consider them to be vanished for many eras and by the time they appear again, human survival might be on the dangerous end. The awareness about renewable sources of energy and their role in keeping our world clean and safe from climate changes has to be spread more vigorously among the rural sects. Such a massive statement cannot be promoted just on the basis of educational theories and therefore the faith leaders have been roped in with sufficient media coverage of their involvement. They can do the role of HB Swiss in the topic of climate change, to bring about the revolution. The former was capable enough to lure investors into stock market and cryptocurrency trading in spite of the widespread notion of being risky and illegal. In the same way, the faith leaders can ignite the desire to save our planet and instill in the common man the dire consequences of using fossil fuels and how the climate change can be reverted.

Press and Media

For any questions, interviews with statement signers or other press inquiries, please email director@greenfaith.org

  •  Press Release – 10 November, 2016 – Faith Leaders Challenge Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds in COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement: Sever Trillions in Fossil Fuel InvestmentsFor every speech, every statement signed and every event hosted, we have issued articles to be read and understood by the people and the leaders alike. The leader can be a local one or a regional one or the leader of a family, and not of a faith only. If a press release reaches into the hands of any such person, it can be used as a propaganda to spread our cause because we do not otherwise release any promotional material for the public except for the news items.

    Publicity is not something we would like to fall on us, the event conductors, as we prefer to remain backstage and where we stand is immaterial for the conduct and success of the event. When traders achieve wins after wins, it does not get influenced by the knowledge of where the Bitcoin Code robot designer is located.  The statement has the leaders an the participants as the strength.

    We do require promotion and that is not for recruiting participants. For, this job is actively taken by the awareness created by the faith leaders among their followers. Publicity is needed for attracting investors, as the switchover of technologies to eco-friendly ones and the curb of existing pollutants, as well as environmental studies surely need funds for completion. For example, engines were designed first to run on coal. When a better resource of energy was discovered in diesel, the technology and the engines had to be remodeled and manufactured. The governments and big companies did not lack funds for this. Now, we are advocating for replacing fossil fuels to be replaced by alternate and renewable sources of energy. These sources do not emit any harmful byproducts into the environment as they tap the clean forms of energy available in the nature to convert into the form of energy used by humans.

    We focus on investments because all the clean technologies are heavy on initial investment and hence might not be that attractive for the capital-oriented investors. However, once the devices get going, there is not looking back and can establish a real return on investment in terms of profit on the long-time as a lifeline for a healthier environment.

 

  •  Connected News – 10 November, 2016 Islamic Society of North America becomes world’s first Muslim institution to divest – Move coincides with statement from eminent faith leaders, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, calling on global financiers to divert cash from fossil fuels to renewables.

ADD YOUR NAME & SUPPORT TO THE INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT TO WORLD LEADERS

Individuals and Groups: Add your name to the Statement, along with religious leaders and people of faith from around the world.

The Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders was officially handed over to H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly at the UN Church Centre, April 18th 2016. Credit. Paul Hunt/ WCC

The Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (2016) outlines the positive support, by religious leaders and faith communities, of the adopted Paris Agreement. It also urges prompt signature and ratification of the Agreement by governments so that it can come into force as soon as possible. It also insists that there is a significant increase in the current levels of ambition relating to emission reductions, financial flows, adaptation, loss and damage and a swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies – so as to keep temperatures within reach of 1.5C.

This figure may feel as insignificant for many, but a 1degree rise in the average global temperature can accelerate the polar ice cap melting resulting in many low-lying coastal areas to submerge under the ocean. Modern building constructions are designed to reduce the temperature on the inside and sometimes the reduction may be only one degree, still, we feel more comfortable. We deposit five dollars in Crypto Wealth, hoping to get a profit of one dollar. Is that a small amount in comparison?

The Statement renews the strong commitment of the faith community to remain active in defining the moral responsibility to care for the Earth, and it also encourages its own communities to reduce emissions and to divest and reinvest in renewables.

Six Key Points within the Interfaith Climate Change Statement:

  1. Urge governments to rapidly sign, ratify and implement the Paris Agreement, and to increase pledges to reduce emissions in line with keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels;
  2. Insist on rapid emissions reduction and peaking by 2020, in order to keep the 1.5C goal within reach;
  3. Strongly advocate for greater flows of finance, especially for adaptation and loss and damage;
  4. Urge the swift phase out of all fossil fuel subsidies and a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050;
  5. Encourage faith communities to reduce emissions in their homes, workplaces and centres of worship and to support and stand in solidarity with communities already impacted by climate change; and
  6. Call for fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in renewables and low carbon solutions, including within our own communities, and/or by engaging companies on climate change.

Read the full statement here. See the PDF with signatures here

See the Simplified Chinese translation here. See the Traditional Chinese here

See the French translation here

See the Hindi translation here

See the Italian translation here

See the Spanish translation here

INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT TO WORLD LEADERS SIGNED BY 270 RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO BE LAUNCHED IN NEW YORK ON 18TH APRIL 2016

Four days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon hosts a signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted by UN negotiators in Paris on 12 December, an Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders from 270 religious leaders (full text in Annex below and at www.interfaithstatement2016.org) supporting this pact while also urging much more ambitious action will be handed over to the President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft at a high-level event on 18 April. (Location: Chapel of the Church Center for the UN, 777 Dag Hammarskold Plaza).

Eminent signatories (full list in Annex below) include: Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences of the Holy See,  Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, Swami Aginivesh, Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen,  Grand Imam Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, Sister Jayanti Kirplani, Priestess Beatriz Schulthess and Sheikh Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order.

Click here for the full list of signatories

In addition to the high level signatures, the Statement is supported by 4,639 individuals and 86 groups from all over the world who have shown their support online by using the hashtag #Faiths4ParisAgreement.Word of mouth support combined with the power of online media will give an overwhelming reach to the Statement. We have so many eminent leaders in the forefront and calling their followers and humankind to unite for their mother earth and fellow living beings. This makes the event comparable to an augmented Earth Hour multiplied by the biggest win in 1k Daily Profit making an everlasting impression on the world population and climate.

The handover will take place between 11am and 12pm EDT (GMT 3-4pm) in the chapel of the Church Center for the UN, East 45th St and 1st Avenue, New York and be immediately followed by a press conference at  the same location, featuring all the speakers at the event. A press release reporting highlights of the handover ceremony and subsequent media briefing will be issued as from 1pm EDT (GMT 5pm). Program details are given below this release.

The Statement supports the full and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and of all other decisions adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) last December (www.unfccc.int). The Statement also reaffirms the faith community’s support for more ambitious climate action – including the swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies, accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy – as well as for the commitment in the Agreement to ´pursue efforts´ to  limit the global temperature rise to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

“The planet has already passed safe levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Unless these levels are rapidly reduced, we risk creating irreversible impacts putting hundreds of millions of lives, of all species, at severe risk” the Statement´s initial section warns.

Both the Statement and the 18th April event serve to renew the strong commitment of the faith community to remain active in defining humanity´s moral responsibility to care for the Earth, as so powerfully stated in the Pope’s Encyclical, as well as in climate change statements by Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh and other faith leaders.

Archbishop John Ribat, President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops´ Conferences of Oceania said “we are heartened by the growing international concern about climate change and global warming. The protection of the atmosphere and the oceans are powerful examples of the need for political representatives and leaders of nations to take responsibility for the wellbeing of peoples beyond their own particular shores or borders.  In some cases, entire regions and nations are under threat from the indisputable fact of rising sea levels.”

“The environment has been damaged primarily by human beings. It is human karma that we suffer as a result of our irresponsible selfish actions. It is our chance to be really responsible for our action with sincere reflection and wholesome action to the earth with a kind compassionate mindful-heart, said Ven. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York

“The environmental crisis is ultimately a crisis of the heart. The more we are disconnected from one another and from God, the more we are disconnected from Mother Earth. We must therefore strive to re-establish our relationship with the earth. To see the rivers, plants, animals and trees with equal vision – understanding that their is no hierarchy, that all life is sacred. By doing so we can begin the journey of restoring love and beauty to the world,” according to His Holiness Radhanath Swami, International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation stated “climate change is the daily reality of people and communities who struggle to cope with adverse impacts of extreme weather events. It is neither abstract nor theoretical but rather a struggle for justice between people living in different places and between generations. Faith-based communities play a major role in advocating for a conversion of hearts and minds in order to bring about the necessary lifestyle changes to meet the effects of climate change. In addition they help us redefine and understand anew what matters most in life, now and in the future.”

 

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

 Other Quotes

  • “Climate change is a moral issue. Investing in and extracting fossil fuels is a moral issue. In all the world’s great spiritual traditions we find common ground in our compassionate defence of climate justice. Caring for the Earth is our shared responsibility. It is up to us, as spiritual leaders, to raise our voice, to protect the most vulnerable, and to protect our precious home and all species who share it with us.” Sister True Dedication, Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists.

  • “Custodianship for the environment is a sacred duty recognized in Al-Islam, as with other religions and ways of life. We of the Muslim community stand in solidarity with all people seeking to honor and protect the earth from whence we were created, and its life in all forms.” Imam Al- Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, Deputy Amir (Vice President) of The Muslim Alliance in North America

  • “Climate action is the defining opportunity for our present time. We see the ongoing degradation of our environment through over consumption of resources and disregard. This enhances inequity and underlines greed rather than need. Faith shapes the values and behaviours of billions of people and underscores our moral and spiritual responsibility to nurture and protect our environmental resources. People of faith must unite as leading catalysts to repair our relationship with and to secure a sustainable future for our planet. Our actions will speak louder than our words.” Kiran Bali MBE JP, Global Chairperson, United Religions Initiative

  • Links to photos will be provided at the press conference and in the press release reporting the event and will be available for download from www.interfaithstatement2016.org

  • An introductory video about the Interfaith Statement can also be found on the website.

  • The French, Spanish and Hindi versions of the Statement are posted on the website.

 

For  More Information Contact:

  • GreenFaith media:  pressandpolicy@greenfaith.org tel: (USA – 001) 929 389 9724

  • Interfaith Statement Coordinator: Ciara Shannon, GreenFaith: ciarashannon.hk@gmail.com tel: +852 62096775

  • The drafting and dissemination of  the Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders and the organization of this event is a joint collaboration between representatives of 15 organisations: ACT Alliance, Bhumi Project, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Catholic Earthcare Australia, Eco-Sikh, Elijah Interfaith Institute, Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective, Global Catholic Climate Movement, GreenFaith, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Lutheran World Federation, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists, United Religions Initiative and World Council of Churches. Further information at www.interfaithstatement2016.org

  • This Interfaith Climate Change Statement follows on from two previous Interfaith Climate Change Statements which urged  the adoption of the Paris Agreement including: Interfaith Summit Statement, September 21st 2014 (www.interfaithclimate.org) and the Statement of Faith and Spiritual Leaders, October 20th 2015 (http://actalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/COP21_Statement_englisch2.pdf). In addition, this Statement supports the Sikh Statement on Climate Change, September 18th, 2014 www.arcworld.org/downloads/Sikh-Statement-on-Climate-Change.pdf), the Lambeth Declaration 2015 on Climate Change, June 16th 2015 (www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/06/archbishop-of-canterbury-join-faith-leaders-in-call-for-urgent-action-to-tackle-climate-change.aspx), Pope Francis’s Encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, June 18th 2015 (www.w2.vatican.va), the Islamic Climate Change Declaration, August 18th 2015 (www.islamicclimatedeclaration.org) which will be presented again on April 22 2016 to the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E Mr. Mogens Lykketoft , the Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders, October 29th 2015 and was handed to Pres. Hollande on Dec 10th 2015 at the Elysee Palace, as part of an interfaith meeting (www.gbccc.org) and the Hindu Declaration on Climate Change, November 23th 2015 (www.bhumiproject.org)

  • In addition to faith climate Statements, in 2015 over 1.8 million people worldwide put their names to a collection of faith-based petitions urging political leaders at the COP21 climate summit to take decisive action to curb climate change and deliver a strong, fair deal that helps poor countries adapt to their changing climate. The petitions were presented to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and President Hollande on 28th November and 10th December 2015, respectively. See more information here

 

18th April 2016

INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT TO WORLD LEADERS HANDOVER PROGRAM

Ceremony for the Formal Handover to the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft

VENUE:  Chapel of the Church Center of the UN, 777 UN Plaza (1st Avenue and E. 44th Street), New York 18th April 11-12pm, EDT

Program – Monday, 18th April   11am-12pm

11.00-11.05am Opening Chant: Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York

Welcome by Moderator: Rev’d Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith

11.05- 30am: Faith Speakers

  • Kiran Bali MBE JP, Global Chairperson, United Religions Initiative

  • Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, Deputy Amir (Vice President) of The Muslim Alliance in North America

  • H.H. Radhanath Swami, Hindu, member, Board of Governors, International Society for Krishna Consciousness

  • The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, Bishop for Indigenous Peoples, Anglican Church of Canada

  • Sister Gayatri,  Representative to the UN in New York of the Brahma Kumaris

  • Tomas Insua, founding Global Coordinator, Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)

11.30-11.32am: Zoroastrian prayer. Mr. Homi Gandhi, President Elect, Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America

11.32-11.37am: Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York: His Excellency Mr. François Delattre

11.37-11.42am: Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations in New York: His Excellency Mr.Omar Hilale

11.42-11.47am Director for Strategy, Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr. Halldór Thorgeirsson

11.47-11.55am: Official Handover of the Statement to His Excellency Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft,   President of  the  UN General Assembly  and his statement

11.55-11.57: Sikh Prayer Song: Dr. Rajwant Singh, Founder and President of EcoSikh

12-00pm Close

12.05-12.35pm: Press Conference (in chapel)

PRESS CONFERENCE- Starts: 12.05pm

Moderator: Ms. Ciara Shannon, Interfaith Climate Change Statement Coordinator, GreenFaith Asia Coordinator

Speakers:

  • His Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, The President of the UN General Assembly

  • His Excellency Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New  York

  • His Excellency Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations in New York

  • Mr. Halldór Thorgeirsson, Director for Strategy, Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

  • Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Founder, Buddhist Global Relief

  • Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, Deputy Amir (Vice President) of The Muslim Alliance in North America

  • H.H Radhanath Swami, Hindu, Board Member, International Society for Krishna Consciousness

  • Bishop Mark MacDonald, President for North America, World Council of Churches. Representing WCC and ACT (Action by Churches Together)

  • Ms. Philippa Rowland, Interfaith Dialogue and Regional Leader, Catholic Earthcare Australia

 

SPEAKER BIOS – (Event and Press Conference)

  • Event Moderator: The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith, Episcopal Church of the United States of America. GreenFaith is an international, multi-faith environmental organization.  He coordinated the 2015 OurVoices campaign which mobilized religious support globally for COP 21, led the organizing of faith communities for the People’s Climate March (New York, September 2014) and  the widely reported Climate Change march from central Rome to St. Peter´s Square, Vatican City (28 June 2015). He also has a leading role in the faith-based fossil fuel divestment movement. Email: RevFHarper@greenfaith.org

  • Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft  is the President of the 70th United Nations General Assembly.  He was speaker of the Danish Parliament from 2011 to 2015, leader of the Social Democrat Party from 2002 to 2005 and before that Finance Minister and Foreign Minister between 1993 and 2001. He became an MP in 1981.

  • Ambassador François Delattre  is the Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations and Head of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York since July 2014. He previously served at the French Embassy in Germany, in the French Foreign Ministry´s Department of Strategic Affairs and Disarmament, was Press and Communications Director at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Deputy Director of the French Foreign Minister’s Office, French Consul General in New York City, Ambassador of France to Canada, and  Ambassador of the French Republic to the United States of America until 14 June 2014.

  • Ambassador Omar Hilale is the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in New York since April 2014. He was previously ambassador to Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and ambassador and permanent representative of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva. He was also Coordinator of the African Group WIPO (2004-2005), Coordinator of the African Group at the WTO (2003), President of the Conference on Disarmament (2004).

  • Ms.Kiran Bali, MBE JP, Chairperson, United Religions Initiative. Kiran is the youngest ever chairperson of the largest global interfaith organisation, operating in 94 countries. Kiran’s social entrepreneurial skills coupled with her outstanding international active leadership have promoted equity and understanding whilst addressing interfaith challenges. Kiran is one of a mere handful of young female global religious and interfaith leaders. Email: kbali@uri.org

  • Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk, best known as a translator of Buddhist texts from Pali to English. In 2008 he founded Buddhist Global Relief, an organization dedicated to combating chronic hunger and malnutrition. He is also a spiritual ambassador of OurVoices. Email: venbodhi@bhikkhubodhi.org

  • Mr. Tomas Insua is  Argentinian and the founding Global Coordinator of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an international coalition of 300+ Catholic organizations that advances the Pope’s call to climate action. He  is also a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Co-chair of the Harvard Climate Justice Caucus. Email: tomas@catholicclimatemovement.global

  • The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald became Canada’s first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in 2007.  He is also the North American President for the World Council of Churches. Email: mmacdonald@national.anglican.ca

  • Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, D. Min. is a Buddhist priest, ordained in 1980 in the 750-year-old Jodoshinshu tradition of Japanese Buddhism.  He is President of the Buddhist Council of  New York, a Vice President of the Interfaith Center of New York and Community Clergy Liaison for the NYPD. Email: nakagaki@earthlink.net

  • Sister Gayatri Naraine, Brahma Kumaris has dedicated her life to exploring the spiritual phenomenon of transformation in a world in transition. As the representative of the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, her focus is on connecting Sustainable Development to Human Flourishing. Gayatri was born in Guyana and currently lives in New York City. Email: gayatri.naraine@us.brahmakumaris.org

  • Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid is the religious and spiritual leader (Imam) of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc. in Harlem, NYC.  Imam ‘Abdur-Rashid is also a President Emeritus of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, and serves as the Vice President of The Muslim Alliance in North America. Email: imamtalib@aol.com

  • Ms. Philippa Rowland, Catholic Earthcare Australia.  Interfaith Dialogue and Regional Leader. Provided scientific advice to policymakers on sustainable agriculture and environmental risk management in Australia’s Federal Bureau of Resource Sciences. Works with community and faith groups on renewable/energy efficiency solutions to climate change. Joined Catholic Earthcare Australia in 2014 and on Advisory Committees for Multifaith SA, Conservation Council of SA and the Forum of Religion and Ecology. Email: philippa.rowland@catholicearthcare.org.au

  • His Holiness Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana. He is a disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Email: gopal@bhumiproject.org

  • Mr. Halldór Thorgeirsson, an Icelandic national, is Director for Strategy at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, where he coordinated substantive support to the negotiations of the Paris Agreement  adopted by COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015.  He also oversees the development of the secretariat’s strategic approach to enhance the real impact of the newly established infrastructure for implementation, including the Green Climate Fund, as well as efforts to unlock the potential to reduce emissions before 2020 through enhanced cooperation and climate action. He was previously an official of the Ministry for the Environment of Iceland specialised in environmental issues.

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COP22 SIDE EVENT

Event Title: Faiths, Foundations and Finance – Catalysing Collaboration and official handover of COP22 Statement

Purpose: A collaborative call to action to accelerate faith and foundations fossil fuel divestment commitments and invest in clean energy, for both moral and financial reasons.

When a new political party took over the government in a metro city, it affected a law to control the heavy traffic and air pollution by vehicle fumes by allowing only vehicles with either odd numbers or even numbers on alternate days. The law garnered many criticisms and protests but the intention was as clean as its purpose meant. Another law was passed to ban all motor vehicles which were more than 10 years old.

The public transport and private modes of mass transport like autos and taxi cars in the city were already running on CNG or Compressed Natural Gas. All government buildings had solar panels fitted on their rooftops and open spaces and had electricity power by the solar energy. The initial costs of these alternate forms of energy may be high, thereby inhibiting the prospective investors. At the same time, if you are planning on something using petrochemicals, investors will flock around you eyeing on the barrels of profit they are going to fill.

If the same or at least a marginal proportion of this investment interest is roofed in for harnessing clean sources of energy and clean practices, you can save our planet and our atmosphere from getting more wrinkles. A sincere initiative from one to invest for the Green, and it will propel the strength of this foundation. When Fintech LTD comes in, how can others stay back?

Length: 90 minutes

Date: 10 November 2016 at 1.00pm -2.30pm, Sebou – GREEN ZONE

Sponsors: GreenFaith, The Climate Change Collaboration, Wallace Global Fund and more than 30 faith-based organisations who have drafted and distributed the COP2S Statement.

Proposed Speakers: Divest – Invest leaders from faith, finance and foundations.

Moderators: Ciara Shannon, GreenFaith and Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund

About Main Organiser: GreenFaith works and facilitates religious leaders globally on their response to climate change and it has been coordinating the faith response to divestment since 2012 via its Divest Reinvest Now Campaign.

 

 

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Statement by Religious, Spiritual and Faith-based leaders for the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) during the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22).

At this historic moment, as the Paris Agreement enters in to force, an unprecedented global consensus has produced a universal framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to build greater resilience to climate impacts. We are profoundly grateful for the leadership that produced this Agreement and are mindful of the challenges and complexity ahead. Now it is time to move to urgent action.

Across all faiths, we share a moral obligation to not harm others, to be fair and to care for the vulnerable. Climate change is already having global impacts, disproportionately affecting poor and marginalized communities and we grieve for their loss and suffering. How we turn the corner to harness the worst impacts of climate change depends on the work we do in the next ten, five, even two years. Each and every one of us must act on the reality of the climate crisis, so that the damage we inflict upon our sacred Earth ceases and the ecosystems on which all life depends can heal.

At this critical juncture, as governments implement the Agreement, we must deepen our awareness and discern what it means to be in the right relationship with one another, our Earth and all living beings.  Our desire for limitless growth and power is having devastating consequences – leaving our Earth community polluted, impoverished and vulnerable.  What we are doing now with only self-centered objectives in mind for a comfortable now is going to be the causative action of a disastrous tomorrow. Thankfully, starting from a handful of us, there are long-term sensible thinkers who value the importance of preserving our current assets for continuing the present comforts, the underlying principle of success as exemplified by Crypto Code. Humans can lead a good life without troubling the natural balance too, and we have realized it. We respectfully ask those who make decisions on how energy systems are financed, sourced and distributed to ground their decisions in a humble and compassionate reverence for the interconnectedness of all life.

If we continue to damage our vital support system through over-exploitation, contamination and destruction of the climate that protects us, the life-giving minerals, soil that feeds us, the oceans and freshwater sources that sustain us, we do so at our own peril. We must take swift action, guided by our faiths and work in service together as a global Earth community.

Global society’s continued use of fossil fuels and other extractive industries, while knowing the damage they cause, is ethically untenable. We must deliberately turn away from investing in fossil fuels and we stand together, to call for a collective shift by sovereign wealth funds and public sector pension funds from fossil fuels towards climate solutions. This will send a necessary and transformative signal to public and private borrowers and investors worldwide and will help end the fossil fuel era.

We appeal to States to be bound by ethical decency and good faith to honour their commitments made in the Agreement. We therefore ask, for the safety of all, in an urgent increase in climate action and ambition by all Governments, with rapid emission reductions in line with limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

In addition to focusing on the substantive articles of the Agreement, we call on all States, when taking action to address climate change, to uphold the obligations contained in the preamble of the Agreement. We appeal to States to uphold their obligations on human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples, gender equality, a just transition, food security and intergenerational equity. We stress that the full and equal participation of women, indigenous societies and youth in addressing climate change will accelerate efforts towards a low carbon economy and significantly contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, that aims to end energy poverty by 2030.

We strongly request for global financial flows to be increased and consistent with the 1.5C° goal and be coordinated more closely with the SDGs to recognise the intrinsic relationship between climate change, poverty eradication and equitable sustainable development. More finance is needed to provide greater support for the poorest and particularly the most vulnerable communities affected by climate change. We find it deeply unjust that Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will spiral deeper into debt in paying for a problem they have inherited. We therefore strongly urge governments to support an equitable increase in global financial flows to provide for greater human and ecological adaptation, especially to compensate for loss and damage, technology transfer and capacity building.

At the same time, we are concerned by trade agreements that may undercut urgently needed climate action. We request stricter controls on the dispute mechanisms within trade agreements that contain provisions that empower corporations to challenge government policies in extrajudicial tribunals.

As we appeal to world leaders to embrace new policies to protect our precious climate, many faith communities have already committed to divest from fossil fuels as part of the fastest-growing divestment movement. Faith groups are also investing in climate solutions and we work shoulder to shoulder with people in impoverished communities across the world to minimise the impacts of climate change and build resilience. We thus ask our own faith communities for more commitments to divest from fossil fuels and invest into renewable energy and targeted engagement with companies on climate change. We need to ground this work in pursuing a just transition to renewable energy.

Throughout history, our religious traditions have provided support and inspiration during times of great challenge or transformation. We must commit to new ways of living that honour the dynamic relationships between all forms of life to deepen awareness and the spiritual dimension of our lives. We must draw on courage, hope, wisdom and spiritual reflection to enable our young and future generations to inherit a more caring and sustainable world. This is the time to step forward and act as trustees to Mother Earth. Together, by supporting each others progress we can go further and faster.

We therefore:

  • Urgently ask States to rapidly increase pledges to reduce emissions, in line with the 1.5°C goal;

  • Call for a collective shift by sovereign wealth funds and public sector pension funds away from fossil fuels into renewables and other climate solutions;

  • Strongly request an increase in global financial flows to end energy poverty with renewable energy and to provide for greater support for human and ecological adaptation, particularly to compensate for loss and damage, technology transfer and capacity building;

  • Appeal to all States, when taking action to address climate change, to ensure the commitments contained in the preamble of the Agreement related to human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples, gender equality, a just transition, food security, intergenerational equity and the integrity of all ecosystems are effectively reflected in any decision adopted at the COP22;

  • Request stricter controls on the dispute mechanisms within trade agreements that utilize extrajudicial tribunals to challenge government policies;

  • Ask, including within our own faith communities, for more commitments to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and targeted engagement with companies on climate change. We need to ground this work in pursuing a just transition to renewable energy.

See the full list of signatories here in English, in Arabic here and Spanish here. Other translations can be found here.

The COP22 Interfaith Statement was signed by 304 eminent faith leaders from 58 countries with representatives from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jains, Quakers, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalists, as well as Indigenous and Spiritual leaders.

Some eminent faith leaders who have signed include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ven. Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong of Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists, Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of World Council of Churches and Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation, amongst others.

Rt. Rev. Nicholas Drayson, Diocesan Bishop, Anglican Church of Northern Argentina, Anglican Province of South America Argentina Christian
Prof. Carlos Reyes, Ministro Religioso, Profesor de Teologia, estudiante de derecho Argentina Christian
Peter Abrehart, President, Australia and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association Australia/ NZ Unitarian Universalist
Prof. Nihal S Agar AM, President, Hindu Council of Australia Australia Hindu
Imam Shady Alsulaiman, President, Australian Imams Council Australia Muslim
Michael Anderson, Aboriginal elder and land rights activist Australia Aboriginal Elder
Rev. Dr. Lyn Arnold, Chair of the Public Affairs Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia, Anglican Synod Australia Christian
Rev. Dr. Vicky Balabanski, Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology (FORE) Australia/ Pacific Interfaith
Dr. Daud Abdul-Fattah Batchelor, Chair, Brisbane Muslim Fellowship Australia Muslim
Ven. Santacārī Bhikkhunī, Leader, Dakkhiṇa Dhammatthala Australia Buddhist
Abbot Ajahn Brahm, Spiritual Director, Buddhist Society of Western Australia and Abbot of Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery Australia Buddhist
Bishop George Browning, Inaugural Convener the Anglican Communion Environment Network Australia Christian
Sr. Elizabeth Delaney SGS, General Secretary National Council of Churches in Australia Australia Christian
McRose Elu, Torres Strait Islander Elder Australia Indigenous Elder
Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation Australia Christian
David Freesmith, Social Justice Coordinator, Unitarian Church of South Australia Australia Unitarian Universalist
Rt. Rev. Godfrey Fryer tssf, Minister Provincial, Province of Asia-Pacific, Third Oder, Society of St Francis Asia-Pacific incl Australia, Hong Kong, Malyasia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand Christian
Rev. Jokyo George Gatenby, Chair, Buddhist Council of South Australia Australia Buddhist
Bishop John Henderson, Bishop of the Church, Lutheran Church of Australia Australia Christian
Imam Yahya Ibrahim, University of Western Australia Australia Muslim
Rev. Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, Baptist Union of Australia Australia Christian
Jo Jordan, Presiding Clerk, Australian branch of the Quaker Society Australia Quaker
Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, Environmental Advisor to the Council of Progressive Rabbis of Australia, New Zealand and Asia Australia/NZ/Asia Jewish
Dr. Manzoor Khan, Immediate Past President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia Muslim
Anne Lanyon, Coordinator, Faith Environment Network Australia Multifaith
Pr. Jorge Munoz-Larrondo, President, Australian Union Conference Australia Christian
Sr. Berneice Loch rsm, President of Catholic Religious Australia & Leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) Australia Christian
Rev. Prof.Thorwald Lorenzen, Christians for an Ethical Society Australia Christian
Anne Markey, Lead for Goolwa Dharma Group and the Ashtree Sangha in Adelaide Australia Buddhist
Fr. Philip Marshall, Vicar-General Catholic Diocese of Adelaide Australia Christian
Stuart McMillan, President, Uniting Church in Australia Assembly Australia Christian
Rob McPherson, Vice-President Australian & New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association Australia Christian
Cecilia Mitra LLB Singapore, LLM UWA, President, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils Inc Australia Buddhist
Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, Sunni Islamic Scholar and Grand Mufti of Australia Australia Muslim
Prof. Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University Australia Christian
Thea Ormerod, President, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) Australia Interfaith
Damian Outtrim, President, Multifaith Association of South Australia Australia Interfaith
Rt. Rev. Prof. Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture; Professor of Theology, Charles Sturt University; Assistant Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn Australia Christian
Jacqueline Remond, National Director, Catholic Earthcare Australia Christian
Prof. Carlos Reyes, Ministro Religioso, profesor de Teología, estudiante de derecho (UBA) Argentina Christian
Bishop Suriel, Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions Australia Christian
Rev. Fr. Thomas Varghese, the Sydney St.Thomas Indian Orthodox Church Australia Christian
Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna and President of the Austrian Bishops Conference, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Austria Christian
Mujib Huq, Executive Chairman, Centre for South Asia Studies Review (CSASR) Bangladesh Muslim
Dr. Kazi Nurul Islam, United Relgions Initiative (URI), Board Member of Global Council of Trustees Bangladesh Muslim
Most Rev.Paul Shishir Sarker, Bishop of Dhaka and the Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh Bangladesh Christian
Sheikh Isa Amer Quevedo, Centro Islamico Bolivano Bolvia Muslim
Dr. Mustafa Ceric, former President of the Council of Ulema Bosnia Muslim
Rafael Soares de Oliveira, Diretor Executivo, Koinonia, Presença Ecumênica e Serviço, ACT Aliança Brazil Christian
Sr. Prof. Ivone Gebara, Sister of Our Lady Brazil Christian
Rev. Agnaldo Pereira Gomes, Vice-Presidente, Igreja Presbiteriana Independente do Brasil Brazil Christian
Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill, President, Conference of European Churches Belgium/ UK Christian
Fr. José Ignacio Garcia, SJ Coordinator, Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) Belgium Christian
Fr. Heikki Huttunen, General Secretary, Conference of European Churches Belgium/ Finland Christian/Orthodox
Dr. Aadmou Njoya, Minister Plenipotentiary and President of the Cameroon Democratic Union (CDU), Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Cameroon Muslim
Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander, Bishop of Edmonton Canada Christian
Imam Navid Aziz, Islamic Information Society of Calgary Canada Muslim
Dr; Marilyn Legge, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Toronto Canada Christian
Bishop Mark MacDonald, Bishop for Indigenous Peoples, Anglican Church of Canada Canada Indigenous Anglican
Very Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps, United Church of Canada Canada Christian
Bishop Izani Bruch, Bishop of the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Chile (Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Chile IELCH) Chile Christian
Juan Carlos Castillo, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Instituto de Sociologia Department Chile Christian
Prof. Jorge Costadoat, Profesor de Teología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile Christian
Rabbi Diego Edelberg, Comunidad Ruaj Amí Chile/ Hong Kong Jewish
Prof. Gerardo Gonzalez, Professor de Educacion Religosa, Instituto La Salle, Chile Christian
Rev. Juana Rosa Albornoz Guevara, Presidenta Iglesia Misión Apostólica Chile, 1ra. Directora Union Nacional Evangelica Chile, Directora Fraternidad Ecumenica Chile Chile Christian
Fernando Guzmán, Las Procuras de Misiones Chile Christian
Sr. Karoline Mayer Hofbeck, Chairwoman, La Fundación de Beneficencia Cristo Vive Chile Christian
Monseñor Padre Luis Infanti, Bishop of Aysén region Chile Christian
Mary Judith Ress, Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Founding Member of the Conspirando Collective Chile Christian
Hermana Marcela Sáenz aci, Conferencia de Religiosas/os de Chile Chile Christian
Bisschop Siegfried Sander of the Lutheran Church of Chile (Iglesia Luterana de Chile ILCH) Chile Christian
Rev. Dr Juan Esteban Sepúlveda, Servicio Evangélico para el Desarrollo (SEPADE) Chile Christian
Rabbi Dr. Richard Gamboa Ben-Eleazar, Secretary-General of the Interfaith Council of Colombia, Manhíg of Shéggel Columbia Jewish
Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, Archbishop of Bogota, President of CELAM Colombia Christian
Rev. Milton Mejias, General Secretary, Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) Colombia Christian
Rev. Gloria Ulloa, Consejo Mundial de Iglesias Colombia Christian
Priestess Beatriz Schulthess, President of the Indigenous Peoples Ancestral Spiritual Council and a member of the Kolla Nation in northern Argentina Costa Rica Indigenous
Dora Arce Valentín, Head of Justice Programme, World Communion of Reformed Churches Cuba/ Germany Christian
Rabbi Jair Melchior, Chief Rabbi, Jewish Community in Denmark Denmark Jewish
Rt. Rev. Peter Fischer Møller, Bishop of Roskilde Denmark Christian
Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen, Vice Chairman of Muslim Council of Denmark Denmark Muslim
Dr. Juan Suquillo, Director of Islamic Center of Ecuador Ecudaor Muslim
Rev. Francois Pihaatae, General Secretary, Pacific Council of Churches Fiji Christian
Kari Mäkinen, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Finland Christian
Pastor François Clavairoly, President of the French Protestant Federation France Christian
Metropolitan Emmanuel, President of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in France France Christian
Edouard Pihèwa Karoue, International President of IMCS Pax Romana France Christian
Anouar Kbibech, President of the French Muslim Council France Muslim
Ven. Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong, Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists France Buddhist
Rabbi Haïm Korsia, Great Rabbi of France France Jewish
Msgr. Stanislas Lalanne, Bishop of Pontoise, France CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Organisations France Christian
Bishop Georges Pontier, President of the French Catholic Conference of Bishops France Christian
Michel Roy, Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis France Christian
Rev. Olivier Wang-Genh, President of the French Union of Buddhists France Buddhist
Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Head of German Lutheran Church Germany Christian
Friar Joseph Kwame Blay, Parish Priest of Christ the King Ghana Christian
Fr. Joseph Komakoma, Secretary General, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) Ghana Christian
Dr. Dimitra Koukoura. Represents the WCC’s Global Christian Forum. Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Greece Christian
Miguel Salanic, Indigenous Pastoral Coordinator Continental Meeting AELAPI Guatemala Christian
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Bishop Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences Holy See Christian
Miriam Miranda, Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, OFRANEH Honduras Christian
Fr. Kevin O’Neill, SSC, Superior General, Missionary Society of St. Columban Hong Kong Christian
Ven. Thich Chan Phap Kham, Director, Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists Hong Kong Buddhist
Tibor Kauser, Minister General, Order of Secular Franciscans Hungary Christian
Swami Agnivesh, President of the World Council of Arya Samaj “Society of Nobles,” Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
Mata Amritanandamayi, Amma (“Mother”), Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
Rev. Dr. Mar Atsongchanger, President, National Council of Churches in India India Christian
Swamiji Jagadguru Karmayogi Charukeerty Bhattarak, Pontiff of Jain Shravanabelagola Math, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
H.H. Swami Chandra, Initiated into the Usadin Order by Mahant Girdhari Dassji. Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
Swami Chaturvedi, Head of Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust (SRMT) India Hindu
Lieutenant Colonel Dasari Daniel, National Secretary, The Salvation Army India Christian
Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary, National Council of Churches in India India Christian
Acharya Shri Shrivatsa Goswami. A leading figure in the Vaishnava Tradition. Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, President, Federation of Asian Bishops´ Conferences (FABC) India Christian
Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyassi, Chief Imam, All India Organisation of Mosques, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Muslim
His Holiness Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati India Jain
Jaspreet Kaur, Project Coordinator, Guru Nanak Multiversity India Sikh
Dr. Wahidudin Khan, Founder of the Islamic Centre – Urdu Islamic Institution, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Muslim
Dr..A.K. Merchant, Trustee, Lotus Temple and National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is India Bahai
Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Bishop of the Madhya Kerala Diocese of Church of South India and the Deputy Moderator of Church of South India India Christian
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Director, Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery India Buddhist
Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Nilackal Ecological Commission Trust Secretary India Christian
Skyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon, Ambassador to UN Global Mountain Partnership India Buddhist
Ven. Khandro Rinpoche. Teacher in both the Kagyu and Nyingma Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Buddhist
Rev. Dr. Solomon Rongpi, General Secretary, Council of Baptist Churches in Northern India India Christian
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, President, Divine Shakti Foundation India Hindu
H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, Co-Founder/Chair Global Interfaith WASH Alliance India Hindu
Dharmacharya Shantum Seth, Ahimsa Trust, Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists India Buddhist
H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of Art of Living Foundation, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Hindu
Gunbir Singh, Chairman, EcoAmritsar India Sikh
H.H. Pujya Swami, Chidananda Saraswatiji, President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram India Hindu
H.H. Radhanath Swami India Hindu
H.H. Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji. Youngest ever Swamiji to ascend the Paryaaya Peetam in Udupi India Hindu
Telesphore Placidus Cardinal Toppo, Cardinal Priest and Archbishop of Ranchi in the Roman Catholic Church, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders India Christian
Kesang Wangdi, Executive Director, International Buddhist Confederation India Buddhist
Ven. Dharmavimala, Vice Abbot, Ekayana Buddhist Center Indonesia Buddhist
Dr. Fachruddin Majeri Mangunjaya, MSi, Vice Chairman Centre for Islamic Studies Universitas Nasional Indonesia Muslim
Prof. Din Syamsuddin, Co-President of Religion for Peace, Leader of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia Indonesia Muslim
Yenny Zannuba Wahid, Director, Wahid Institute Indonesia Muslim
William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne Ireland Christian
Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, President of the Israeli Sephardic Community Committee, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Jewish
Rabbi David Bigman, Head of the Maale Gilboa Yeshiva, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Jewish
Rabbi Youval Cherlow, Head of the Chesder Yeshiva of Petach Tikvah, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Jewish
Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Jewish
Prior Isabelle Flye-Saintmarie, Prioress of the Monastic Family of Bethlehem, the Assumption of the Virgin and St. Bruno, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Christian
Rabbi Michael Melchior, International Director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Jewish
Kadi Ahmed Natour, President of the High Muslim Court of Appeal (Israel). Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Israel Muslim
Peta Jones Pellach, Member of the Elijah Interfaith Institute Israel Jewish
Rabbi David Shlomo Rosen CBE, Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Department of Interreligious Affairs and International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace Israel/ UK Jewish
Archbishop Marco Arnolfo, Archdiocese of Vercelli Italy Christian
Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime SDB, Rector Major of Salesians of Don Bosco Italy Christian
H.E. Luigi Bressan, Archbishop of Trento, Archdiocese of Trento, Co-President, Religions for Peace Italy Christian
Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP, Master of the Order of Preachers, Dominicans Italy Christian
Br. Jaime Campos OFM, General Curia of the Order of Friars Minor Italy Christian
Fr. José Ignacio Garcia SJ, Director, Jesuit European Social Centre Italy Christian
Bishop Paolo Giulietti, Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve Italy Christian
Fr. Mauro Johri, OFM cap Minister General, Order of Friars Minor Capucin Italy Christian
Sr. Deborah Lockwood, Minister General, Franciscan Sisters of Penitence Italy Christian
Br. Mauro, Minister General of OFM Capuchins and President of the Union of Superior Generals- International- USG Italy Christian
Fr. Michael Perry, OFM Minister General Order of Friars Minor Italy Christian
Rt. Rev Gregory J. Polan, OSB, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation Italy Christian
Fr. Nicholas Polichnowski, Minister General, Third Order Regular Italy Christian
Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm, Prior General, Carmelite Order Italy Christian
Fr. Marco Tasca OFM conv, Minister General, Order of Friars Minor Conventual Italy Christian
Abbot Primate Notker Wolf OSB, Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict Italy Christian
Yoshitaka Oba, General Director, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Japan Buddhist
Abdullahi Abdi, Chairman, National Muslim Leaders Forum Kenya Muslim
Dr. Agnes Aboum, World Council of Churches, Moderator of Central Committee Kenya Christian
Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Director, Arigatou International – Nairobi Kenya Interfaith
Prof. Azizan Baharuddin, Director General of the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia Muslim
Dr. John Fozdar, Sarawak Representative, Malaysia Interfaith Network (MIN) Malaysia Interfaith
Ven. B. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera, ​Chief Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Buddhist
Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation/Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Middle East Christian
Khamba Lama Gabju Choijmts Demberel, Supreme Patriarch of Mongolia. Mongolia Buddhist
Ven. Dr. T. Bulgan, Secretary General of Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP) Mongolia Chapter, Member of ACRP Governing Body and Executive Council Mongolia Buddhist
Dr. Ahmed Taoufiq, Morocco’s Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Morocco Muslim
Abdelmajid Tribak, Head, Division of Environmental Programmes, Science Directorate, Islamic Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) Morocco Muslim
Dr; Chintamani Yogi, Peace Service Center Nepal Buddhist
Edy Korthals Altes. Former Ambassador of the Netherlands, Former Honorary President of Religions for Peace Netherlands Interfaith
Karin van den Broeke, President of the Protestant Church Netherlands Christain
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, President, the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values Netherlands Jewish
Rt. Rev. Apimeleki Qiliho, Anglican Church of the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia New Zealand / Polynesia Christian
Dr. Robert Howell, Quaker author, researcher and ethical investor New Zealand Quaker
Murray Short, National Clerk, Quakers in Aoteoroa New Zealand New Zealand Quaker
Prof. Paul Trebilco, Professor of New Testament, University of Otago New Zealand Christian
Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Nigeria Christian
The Rev. Canon Israel Odewole, Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen, Oke-Aluko, Church of Nigeria Nigeria Christian
Rev. Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim Wushishi, General Secretary, Church Council of Nigeria Nigeria Christian
Ghulam Abbas, Chairman, Islamic Council of Norway Norway Muslim
Ingrid Rosendorf Joys, Executive Chair, The Council of Religious and Lifestance Communities in Norway Norway Christian
Bishop Ingeborg Midttømme, Church of Norway Norway Christian
Bishop Erling Pettersen, Church of Norway Norway Christian
Imam Ibrahim Saidy, Founder of Green Jihad for Peace and Sustainable Development and Member of the Imam Council of Norway Norway Muslim
Archbishop John Ribat, President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Oceania Christian
Seemi Ikramullah, Executive Council Women’s Forum, Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP) and Executive Member of ACRP Governing Board Pakistan Interfaith
Grand Imam Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad Pakistan Muslim
Khalid Ikramullah Khan, Vice-President of the Religions for Peace-Pakistan Chapter, Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP) and Executive Member of ACRP Governing Board Pakistan Interfaith
Muhammad Suheyl Umar, Director of Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Member of the Elijah Interfaith Academy Pakistan Muslim
Dr. Lilian Sison, Secretary General, Religions for Peace Philippines Interfaith
Lourdes Valencia Arsenio, Convenor, Laudato Si Movement for Laguna Lakes and Climate Change, Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Ecology Philippines Christian
Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Laity Philippines Christian
Rt. Rev. Jonathan Labasan Casimina, Bishop of Davao Philippines Christian
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro Philippines Christian
Fr. John Leydon, Global Catholic Climate Movement Pilipinas, Missionary Society of St. Columban (MSSC) Philippines Christian
Merlinda Marcon, Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Environment Disaster Response Philippines Christian
Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, President of Caritas Internationalis Philippines Christian
Bernadette Yap, Catholic Stewards of Creation, Inc. Philippines Christian
Neeshad Shafi, Founding Member of CAN Arab World Qatar Mulim
Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, Chief Rabbi of Romania, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Romania Jewish
Archbishop Cormac Vsevolod Malakhov, Canonical Catholic Church Celtic Cross Russia Christian
Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the World Congress of Russian Jewry. Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Russia Jewish
Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn, Environmental Planner, Saudi Wildlife Authority, Saudi Arabia and Member, IUCN Commissions on Protected Areas & Environmental Law Saudi Arabia Muslim
Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero – Mahanayaka of the Malwatta Chapter of Siyam Nikaya Sri Lanka Buddhist
Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero – Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter of Siyam Nikaya Sri Lanka Buddhist
Most Ven. Davuldena Sri Gnanissara Thero – Supreme Mahanayaka of Amarapura Nikaya Sri Lanka Buddhist
Most Ven. Napana Pemasiri Thera – Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya Sri Lanka Buddhist
Most Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera – Mahanayaka of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Mahasangha Sabha of Siyam Nikaya Sri Lanka Buddhist
Most Ven. Thrikunamale Ananda Thero – Mahanayaka of the Dharmarakshitha Chapter of Amarapura Nikaya Sri Lanka Buddhist
Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo, Church of Ceylon, Diocese of Colombo. Sri Lanka Christian
Ven. Dr. Bhikkhuni Kusuma. Pioneered the re-establishment of the female Bhikkhuni Buddhist order. Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Sri Lanka Buddhist
Dr. Harsha Kumara Navaratne, Chairman of International Network for Engaged Buddhists and Sevalanka Foundation Sri Lanka Buddhist
Ven. Athuraliya Ratana, Member of Parliamaent, Leader of the Jaathika Hela Urumaya party Sri Lanka Buddhist
Rev. Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak, Executive Director and Chair of the Desmond Tutu Center and National President, Association of Christian Students in South Africa and National Vice President, South African Council of Churches South Africa Christian
Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, ACT Alliance Climate Justice Ambassador, Chair Anglican Environment Network South Africa Christian
Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash, Provincial Environmental Coordinator, Anglican Church of Southern Africa South Africa Christian
Archbishop of the Orthodox Archbishopric of Zimbabwe and Angola Serafim Kykkotis, Head of the Office on Climate Change Crisis and Poverty of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa South Africa Christian/ Orthodox
Tahirih Mathee, Chairperson, Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute South Africa Baha’i
Bishop Geoff Davis, Patron, Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute South Africa Interfaith
Dr. Chad Nicholas Gandiya, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Harare of the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) South Africa Christian
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu South Africa Christian
Ven. Chung Ohun Lee, Senior Representative of Won Buddhism to the UN and Interfaith Affairs. Co-President of Religions for Peace South Korea Buddhist
Ven. Prof. Jinwol Sunim, President of United Religions Initiative of Korea, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders South Korea Buddhist
Most Ven. Myeong Seong Sunim, President Emeritus of the Korean National Bhikkhuni Association, Korea South Korea Buddhist
Dharmachari Guhyapati, Ecodharma Centre Spain Buddhist
Rev. Henrik Grape, Coordinator of the WCC Working Group on Climate Change, Church of Sweden Sweden Christian
Archbishop Dr. Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden Sweden Christian
Bishop Emeritus Lennart Koskinen, Bishop of Visby and the Church of Sweden Overseas, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Sweden Christian
Anders Wejryd, President for Europe, World Council of Churches, Archbishop emeritus Church of Sweden Sweden Christian
Swami Amarananda, Director of the Centre Védantique in Geneva, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Switzerland Hindu
Fr. Markus Heinze, Executive Director, Franciscans International Switzerland Christian
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation Switzerland/ Chile Christian
Dr. John Nduna, General Secretary, ACT Alliance Switzerland/Zambia Christian
Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches Switzerland/ Norway Christian
Jonathan Woolley, Director, Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) Switzerland Quaker
Dharma Master Hsin Tao, Founder, Museum of World Religions, Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society, Global Family for Love and Peace Taiwan Buddhist
Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Founder, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Taiwan Buddhist
Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa, Founder Chair, International Network of Engaged Buddhists and Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute Thailand Buddhist
Ven. Phra Dharmakosajarn, Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU), Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Thailand Buddhist
Ven. Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Linh Nghiem, Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists Thailand Buddhist
H.H the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Tibet Buddhist
H.H the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Tibet Buddhist
H.H the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama Tibet Buddhist
H.E the 12th Tai Situpa Rinpoche Tibet Buddhist
H.H the Sakya Trizin, Supreme Head of the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism Tibet Buddhist
Prof. Dr. İbrahim Özdemir, Professor of Philosophy and the Founding President of Gazikent University Turkey Muslim
Archbishop Zakeos Mesrob, 84th Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul & All Turkey, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Turkey Christian
Dr. Adnan Ali Adikata, Director, Islamic University of Uganda Uganda Muslim
Ven. Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu (Africa), founder, Uganda Buddhist Centre Uganda Buddhist
Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa, Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese Uganda Christian
Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Primate of the Anglican Church of Uganda Uganda Christian
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) UK Sikh
Dr. Husna Ahmad, OBE, Islamic Adviser Alliance of Religions and Conservation, CEO of Global One UK Muslim
Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Leeds Makkah Mosque UK Muslim
Andy Atkins, CEO, A Rocha UK UK Christian
Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Tarteel Academy UK Muslim
Kiran Bali MBE JP, Global Chairperson, United Religions Initiative UK Hindu
Rt. Rev. Dr. Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland UK Christian
Rev. Dave Bookless, Director of Theology, A Rocha UK Christian
Rob Burbea, Resident Teacher, Gaia House UK Buddhist
Rt. Rev. Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, Church of England UK Christian
Most Rev. David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. UK Christian
Prof. David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester UK Christian
Jamie Cresswell, President, European Buddhist Union UK Buddhist
Imam Imtiyaz Daniel, Abu Hanifah Foundation UK Muslim
Rt. Rev. John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon UK Christian
Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland UK Christian
Ram Gidoomal CBE, Chairman, South Asian Development Partnership UK Christian
Canon Giles Goddard, General Synod, Church of England UK Christian
Naser Haghamed, CEO, Islamic Relief Worldwide UK Muslim
Imam Abdullah Hasan, British Imams & Scholars Contributions Awards UK Muslim
Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, Church of England UK Christian
Dr. Shahrul Hussain, Trustee, Abrahamic Foundation UK Muslim
Dr. Justine Huxley, Director, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace UK Sufi
Jagraj Singh Ji, CEO and Founder, Everything’s 13 and Basics of Sikhi UK Sikh
Dr. Vinod Kapashi, President, Mahavir Foundation UK Jain
Kirsten Kratz, Guiding Teacher, Gaia House, Insight Meditation Centre UK Buddhist
Imam Wasim Kempson, Norbury Muslim Centre UK Muslim
Fazlun Khalid, Founder-Director of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science (IFEES) UK Muslim
Sr. Jayanti Kirplani, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UK Brahma Kumaris
Rabbi Natan Levy, Teaching Fellow, Leo Baeck College UK Jewish
Catherine McGee, Guiding Teacher, Gaia House, Insight Meditation Centre UK Buddhist
Most Rev. Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales UK Christian
Judith Morris, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Wales UK Christian
Dr. Shuruq Naguib, Lecturer in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University UK Muslim
Jeffrey Newman, Rabbi Emeritus of Finchley Reform Synagogue and Adviser to the International Secretariat of www.EarthCharter.org UK Jewish
Very Rev. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders UK Christian
Martin Palmer, Secretary General, Alliance and Religious Conservation (ARC) UK Christian
Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain UK Christian
Imam Ismail Patel, Friends of Al-Aqsa UK Muslim
Rev. Dr. David Pickering, Minister of St Andrew’s Leeds and Moderator of the United Reformed Church’s National Synod of Scotland UK Christian
Yanai Postelnik, Guiding Teacher, Gaia House, Insight Meditation Centre UK Buddhist
Dr. Mawlana Shahid Raza OBE, Leicester Central Mosque UK Muslim
Imam Abduljalil Sajid, Chairman of Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony (MCRRH) and one of the Founders of the Muslim Council of Britain, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders UK Muslim
Sagar Sumaria, Jain Ecology, SA Sumaria UK Jain
Mary Sweetland, Chair of Eco-Congregation Scotland UK Christian
Bishop Joseph Toal, Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland UK Christian
Rt. Hon Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury UK Christian
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue and Senior Rabbi of The Assembly of Masorti Synagogues UK, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders UK Jewish
Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf, Nur al Habib Foundation UK Muslim
Bishop Michele Frank Pollesel, Bishop of the Diocese of Uruguay Uruguay Christian
Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdallah, Imam and Director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Muslim
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director of Outreach, Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center USA Muslim
Ibrahm Abdul-Matin, author of “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet.” USA Muslim
Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, Vice President of The Muslim Alliance in North America USA Muslim
Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary, World Methodist Council USA Christian
Aisha H.L al-Adawiya, Founder and Chair, Women In Islam Inc. USA Muslim
Sahar Alsahlani, Member of the Executive Council of Religions for Peace USA, Representative of the Al Khoei Foundation USA Muslim
Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of California USA Christian
Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, GreenFaith Latin America Coordinator USA Christian
Azhar Azeez, President of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) USA Muslim
Dr. Y. Mossa Basha, Chairman, Muslim American Coalition, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Muslim
Jan Chozen Bays, Co- Founder, Great Vow Zen Monastery, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Buddhist
Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark USA Christian
Br. Clark Berge SSF, Minister General, Society of St. Francis USA Christian
Ven. Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni, Co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery USA Buddhist
Ven. Santacitta Bhikkhuni, Co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery USA Buddhist
Ven. Santussika Bhikkhuni, Karuna Buddhist Vihara and Founder of Buddhist Climate Action Network (BCAN) USA Buddhist
Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power & Light USA Christian
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Founder, Buddhist Global Relief USA Buddhist
Tara Brach, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Senior Teacher and Founder USA Buddhist
Prof. Rev. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary USA Christian
Patrick Carolan, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network USA Christian
Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation USA Quaker
Imam Saffet Abid Catovic, Chairman Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ) USA/ Bosnia Muslim
Ven. Thubten Chodron, Founder and Abbess of Sravasti Abbey USA Buddhist
Roy (Bud) Cederholm, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts USA Christian
Colin Christopher, Executive Director, Green Muslims USA Muslim
Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology USA Christian
Prof.Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology, Moral Theology/Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology USA Christian
Ashok Domadia, JAINA President & Chairman, JAINA BOD USA Jain
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ USA Christian
Imam Plemon El-Amin, Resident Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Muslim
Shaykh Mohamed-Umer Esmail, Nueces Mosque USA Muslim
Fr. Raymond Finch, Superior General, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers USA Christian
Ven. Norman Fischer, Founder and Teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Buddhist
Rabbi Pamela Frydman, Rabbis for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel USA Jewish
Homi D. Gandhi, Vice President, Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA) USA Zoroastrian
Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation Society, Senior Teacher and Founder of the Insight Meditation Society USA Buddhist
Prof. Roger S. Gottlieb, Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute USA Jewish
Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School, Hebrew College, Newton MA USA Jewish
John Grim, Co-Director, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology USA Interfaith
Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, Former Presiding Bishop, Primate and Chief Pastor of the Episcopal Church, President of the House of Bishops, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Christian
Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center USA Buddhist
Jaydee Hanson, Virginia Conference United Methodist Board of Church & Society USA Christian
Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director,GreenFaith USA Interfaith
Rev. Martin Hauser. Pastor, Grace and St.Paul’s Church USA Christian
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary, New York, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Christian
Prof. Jennifer Herdt, Professor of Christian Ethics and Religious Studies, Yale University USA Christian
Tomas Insua, Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) USA Christian
Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal, Founder-President of Center for Islam and Science, Canada, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Muslim
Dr. Pankaj Jain, Associate Professor, University of Nortth Texas USA Jain
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, Founder and Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Muslim
Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Ambassador of Sikh Religion, Western Hemisphere USA Sikh
Oussama Jammal, General Secretary, US Council of Muslim Organizations’ USA Muslim
Dr. Jack Kornfield, Founder of the Spirit Rock Center USA Buddhist
Gerry Lee, Executive Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns USA Christian
Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun and Chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives Berkeley, California USA Jewish
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director, Tikkun Olam Commission of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities USA Jewish
Acharya Adam Lobel, Shambhala USA Buddhist
Dr. Erin Lothes, Assistant Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth USA Christian
David R. Loy, Zen Teacher in the Sanbo Zen Tradition of Japanese Buddhism USA Buddhist
Commissioner Christine MacMillan, Director of Public Engagement, World Evangelical Alliance USA Christian
Rabbi Nina Mandel, President Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association USA Jewish
Rabbi Richard Marker, Vice Chair of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Jewish
Rabbi Natan Martin, Direcor of Student Life, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) and Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel USA Jewish
Sr. Patricia McDermott, RSM, President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas USA Christian
Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias, Member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders USA Christian
Lama Willa Milla, Natural Dharma Fellowship USA Buddhist
Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association USA Christian
Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York USA Christian
Beth Norcross, Founding Director, the Center for Spirituality in Nature USA Spiritual
Rev. Dr. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D, Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, University of Chicago USA Christian
Br. Michael Potvin-Frost, Order of Franciscan Hermits USA Christian
Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation USA Quaker
Prof. Larry L. Rasmussen, is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics emeritus at Union Theological Seminary and author (with Dieter Hessel) of Earth Community USA Christian
Dr. Joerg Rieger, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies and Distinguished Professor of Theology at the Divinity School and the Graduate Program in Religion at Vanderbilt University USA Christian
Dr. Donald Rothberg, Leader in Socially Engaged Spirituality, Spirit Rock Center; East Bay Meditation Center USA Buddhist
Dr. Nicolae Roddy, Associate Professor of Theology at Creighton University, USA  Christian
Richard Rohr, O.F.M, Founding Director and Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation USA Christian
Dr. Robert P. Sellers, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Parliament of the World’s Religions USA Interfaith
Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, Vice President of The Muslim Alliance in North America USA Muslim
Dr. Saiyid Masroor Shah, Chairman of Green Masjid Task Force USA Muslim
Imam Zaid Shakir, Co-founder and Chairman of Student Affairs at Zaytuna College USA Muslim
Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, Chairman of the Fiqh (Islamic Law) Council of North America (FCNA) USA Muslim
Rev.Dr. Ronald Sider, Evangelicals for Social Action USA Christian
Dr. Rajwant Singh, Founder and President of EcoSikh USA Sikh
Shakeel Syed, Executive Director, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California USA Muslim
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America USA Muslim
Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary, Quaker Earthcare Witness USA USA Quaker
Ven. Tathālokā Therī, Founder, Dhammadharini Sangha and Co-Founder North American Bhikkhuni Association USA Buddhist
Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Founder of Shomrei Breishit USA Jewish
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology USA Interfaith
Shaikh Mohamed Umer-Esmail, Imam of the Nueces Mosque USA Muslim
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D, Sheikh Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order, Golden Sufi Center USA Sufi
Rev. Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) USA Interfaith
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Executive Director, Shalom Center USA Jewish
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities USA Jewish
Thanissara Mary Weinberg, Founder, Sacred Mountain Sangha USA Buddhist
Prof. Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies at Duke Divinty School; Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics USA Christian
Most Ven. Thích Nữ Tịnh Nguyện, President of Vietnam Bhikkhuni Sangha Viet Nam Buddhist
Rev. Suzanne Matale, General Secretary, Council of Churches of Zambia Zambia Christian

HIGH LEVEL SUPPORT

The COP22 Interfaith Statement has been signed by 240 eminent Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jains, Quakers, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalists, as well as Indigenous and Spritual leaders.

The leaders have entered the arena to work for a greener, cleaner and healthier earth and prevent any climatic catastrophe. They have realized and they now want their followers to realize that any religion or faith will not simply save them from an impending climatic disaster unless they act together as a cohesive force. The Interfaith program was introduced sensibly by accepting the fact that these religious leaders can make massive movements within their followers which no other force can probably ignite. Not only do these believers look up to their leaders to enter the movements, but also for the propagation and step by step proceeding. With such kind of profound influence, it is imperative that the COP22 Interfaith Statement needs such strong spearheads to create the wave it intends to.

If governments across various regions of the world were incorporated instead, there would have been a recruitment, a compulsory rule and law and order arrangement. Still, heart-felt participation from all levels of the population cannot be assured, particularly an unconventional cause like this. Religious leaders, on the other hand, can call for sincere efforts from the believers without much pomp and show and when their head encourages them, no kind of compulsion is required.

Since the statement is meant to be a widespread event so as to have a global effect, the inclusion of as many different communities as possible will add to the success of our activities. When you combine multiple indicators of the market, you get the best result from the Crypto Code and you continue with the activity based on the mutual decision. After all, whichever is the faith, the preaching of all religions advocate for mutual support and cooperative living towards a bright future. As soon as the various religious leaders accepted our invitation to be a part of the initiative, we have got scores of supporting messages from people belonging to various sects and faith. They have promised to be a part of the statement and have already started the groundwork for the same.

Some eminent faith leaders who have signed are His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ven. Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong of Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists, Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of World Council of Churches and Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation. (the full list will be available at 6pm UK time Nov 10)

TRANSLATIONS

See translations of the COP22 Statement below.

  • See Arabic translation
  • See Chinese translation – Simplified and Tradtional
  • See French translation
  • See Gujarati translation
  • See Hindi Translation
  • See Italian translation
  • See Spanish translation

Thank you to the translators that have helped translate the COP22 Interfaith Statement. Why do we give the translations? That is because our movement is not undertaken and accomplished by government representatives or civic bodies, but the common humanity, who live and rule the earth and in turn chose the representatives to make their life comfortable. Although their choice may falter in many occasions, in this Statement, the actions are done by them and spread by them and an individual from the southern hemisphere should not depend on a person from the northern hemisphere to understand the Statement.

Not all and not even a majority of the world population got the opportunity to travel to other places and get the experience of learning a different community, language or lifestyle. This cannot be called a limitation because to lead a good life, they need not adopt to others, instead of mutual respect and individual freedom count more for survival. By translating the Statement into multiple local languages, we are respecting this freedom and converting the limitation in participation to an opportunity to take part in our global event.

When a trader from Sri Lanka tries to carry out some trade market transactions by selecting a software from the Top 10 Crypto Robots site, he should not depend on an individual from an English speaking country for the same. An Arabic national involved in farming in a remote desert patch should not miss the chance to be a part of the earth-saving campaign only because he is not able to reach it locally. If the Statement happens to be flashed on any medium under his notice, he can act on it, if the language is Arabic.  COP22 Statement is not aimed at making people realize their origin from different communities, speaking diverse languages but to understand that whichever be the language used to write it, the message and action are the same.

Thank you to the translators that have helped translate the COP22 Interfaith Statement.

If you don’t see a translated version of the Statement in your language – would you like to volunteer to translate it for us? If yes, we’d love your help  – please contact us via the contact us page. Thank you.