High Level Support

The COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement was signed by 303 eminent faith leaders from 58 countries from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jains, Quakers, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalists, as well as Indigenous and Spritual leaders. 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. 

Some Quotes in Support of the Statement from Eminent Faith Leaders Globally

"I consider the issue of climate change vital because it threatens our common house, on the other hand, it is another form of injustice against those who suffer most, our children, women, indigenous and elderly." Prof. Carlos Reyes, Ministro Religioso, profesor de Teologica, estudiante de derecho (UBA) (Christian, Argentina)

"We live in a relational world. Humans must learn to live within their limits, as well as their aspirations. Not to understand our limits is to court disaster. Being environmentally responsible is core business to people of faith and is ethically non-negotiable." Bishop George Browning, Inaugural Convener the Anglican Communion Environment Network (Christian, Australia)

"The world has lost precious time in the last few decades, as countries have held back from acting with wisdom, self-transcendence and care for the global common good. Now change needs to happen at emergency speed. We pull together as a human community, or we all lose." Sr. Berneice Loch rsm, President of Catholic Religious Australia & Leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) (Christian, Australia)

"If we truly care about our home on this planet we will do everything humanly possible to help our home to flourish. If the planet is alive and well so humans and all life will flourish. Climate action is action for the well being of planet earth, our home. It is urgent. Divesting from fossil fuels is a practical and powerful way to play our part in home care. The other side of divestment is re-investment in the future of the planet through renewable energy sources. Our home deserves no less." The Right Rev. Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (Christian, Australia)

"Our world is dependant on us and we are dependant on our world. With this comes a call for responsibility, care and understanding. Every effort must be made by every human being to honour this connection. We now have a precious opportunity to act collectively to heal our world,our earth, our mother, our body." Anne Markey, Lead for Goolwa Dharma Group and the Ashtree Sangha in Adelaide (Buddhist, Australia)

"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate God made us human beings, responsible for the whole planet and we are accountable for this responsibility... to take care of creation, of our planet and its environments and all life forms. This is part of our responsibility towards God." Sheikh Isa Amer Quevedo, Centro Islamico Bolivano (Muslim, Bolvia)

"For all traditional black communities, we need a climate of change." Rafael Soares de Oliveira, Diretor Executivo, Koinonia (Christian, Brazil)

"Climate change is the embracing reality of our time. It is not another issue in a long list.
It is a deeply spiritual matter, demanding answers as to how humankind is going to live with respect in Creation. What kind of ancestors will we be?" Very Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps, United Church of Canada (Christian, Canada)

"Sumaj causan" buen vivir: a good life for the whole of creation needs a climate of change." Sr. Karoline Mayer Hofbeck, Chairwoman, La Fundaci n de Beneficencia Cristo Vive (Christian, Chile)

"We must use the natural world with future generations in mind just as earlier generations did with us in mind. Depleting our natural resources is equal to extinguishing the human race." Friar Joseph Kwame Blay, Parish Priest of Christ the King (Christian, Ghana)

"We need collaboration across race, ethnicity, religion, country, and culture to assure that our mountains remain healthy. Global warming and climate change are serious threats to all our mountain environments and communities. Everyone on this planet should take actions in respecting the mountains, protecting the indigenous mountain people and cherishing the culture of indigenous mountain communities. This is why we engage in and advocate for sustainable mountain development around the world." His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, The Mountain Partnership Ambassador (Buddhist, India)

"We live and share with all other sentient beings this wonderful world and the only planet known to humankind that support life. No point in destroying our home planet and find newer world elsewhere only to destroy that too. Let's save it before it's too late." Kesang Wangdi, Executive Director, International Buddhist Confederation (Buddhist, India)

"We are in the midst of a catastrophe of unimaginable magnitude brought on by human minds and hands. It is essential that we harness our goodwill and talents at this critical time. I fully support the efforts of COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement." Dr. John Fozdar, Sarawak Representative, Malaysia Interfaith Network (MIN) (Interfaith, Malaysia)

"Because Climate change is one of the most global indicators of the impacts of Human action in this creation." Abdelmajid Tribak, Head, Division of Environmental Programmes, Science Directorate, Islamic Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) (Muslim, Morrocco)

"The Vedas say- "Mata Me Bhumi, Putro Hum Prithivya", it means earth is my mother and I am her child. So the question is how can we serve mother earth being as a loyal and responsible child. We all have our own differences, at physical, financial, cultural, social, religious level. But one thing is very common, we all are HUMAN and live on the same EARTH. So we all should join our hands together to protect the EARTH." Dr. Chintamani Yogi, Peace Service Center (Buddhist, Nepal)

"Climate change effects the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world and of the next generations. Creation is a great gift, we have to take our responsibility in being careful and reliable. We are able to change things, let's just do it!" Karin van den Broeke, President of the Protestant Church (Christian, Netherlands)

"I have been involved in encouraging people to invest ethically. This includes ensuring that our investments enable us to live within the capacity of the Earth to support human life. We need to take climate warming as a serious risk to our future and move beyond the COP21 agreements because they are not enough to protect us and our future world." Dr. Robert Howell, Quaker author, researcher and ethical investor (Quaker, New Zealand)

"Devotion to the Lord of all creation demands that we do our utmost for the good of all created beings, setting no limits to the horizons of our care. Humanity's careless abuse of the creation has likely caused more devastation to life on Earth than any other factor in 66 million years, and accelerating global climate change is one of the most dangerous outcomes of this abuse. To assuage, halt, and in time reverse anthropogenic climate change may well be the single greatest endeavor for good that we human beings can engage in at this point in our history, to secure the mutual well-being of humankind and the other living creatures with whom we share the earth." Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn, Environmental Planner, Saudi Wildlife Authority, Saudi Arabia and Member, IUCN Commissions on Protected Areas & Environmental Law (Muslim, Saudi Arabia)

"Climate change is perhaps one of the most preeminent issues of our time. It is already severely impacting the Erath and our life together as humanity, but its deepest impact is upon the most vulnerable of God's children. It is the result of deliberate decisions by the powerful of the world, it places profits above people, it has no regard for the consequence upon our mutual home, the Earth. We should everything we can do help reverse and rectify these decisions by concerted, committed and faithful action. This is now our solemn duty. Let us make it our solemn pledge." 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 (Christian, South Africa)

"COP21 in Paris has paved a way for moral, ethical and practical steps needed. We must now act and hold each other accountable for climate justice for God's sake and the sake of generations yet to come. We owe it to ourselves to do this." Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, ACT Alliance Climate Justice Ambassador, Chair Anglican Environment Network (Christian, South Africa)

"There is little doubt that the impact human activity is having on the global climate is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity and the ecosystem we share. As the Earth Charter stated in 1992: "The future holds, at once, both great peril and great promise." The deep challenges we face are an opportunity for us to evolve both individually and collectively. It is simultaneously an ethical and political challenge. It is a time for courageous leadership and widespread active participation to seek just and caring responses. It is time for us all to engage in contesting our future, to transform the irrational and unjust dynamics of our industrial growth society, and to empower each other to make changes consistent with a life-affirming vision." Dharmachari Guhyapati, Ecodharma Centre (Buddhist, Spain)

"I am really happy to see that leaders, governments and the civil society are now taking climate change and global warming serious, and it is a hopeful sign. Taking care of this planet that is our only home is the responsibility of the whole of humanity, and therefore each of us as individuals has a responsibility to ensure that the world will be safe for future generations, for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  I am hopeful that with a genuine sense of the oneness of humanity, all of us will do whatever we can to protect the environment." His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Buddhist, Tibet)

"Our collective action on climate change is the greatest prioirty of all human beings in the twenty-first century. If we hope to save common home, our planet for the benefit of sentient beings." Ven. Buddharakkhita Bhikkhu, Founder, Uganda Buddhist Centre (Buddhist, Uganda)
"There is urgent need to scale up action on climate change as it is very negatively impacting on the very poor, right now many people in Uganda are dying of famine, drought, floods and storms. The seasons are erratic and unreliable." Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa, Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese (Christian, Uganda)

"Today, as we all stand at the brink of environmental disaster, there is new international resolve to curb the pace of climate change. The environmental movement, once associated with fringe activism, has indeed come a long way. Yet our present and future challenges demand an unprecedented degree of altruism and commitment. To overcome our existing inertia, we need to water the seeds of a quiet revolution by recognising that, for deep and enduring change, the human mind is our most effective, renewable and sustainable resource. To transform it requires a shift in our life perspectives and attendant underlying values. In this work, the world's religions have an important and under-recognised contribution to make." Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) (Sikh, UK)

"As important as it is to address the myriad of ethical challenges of our times; all will be simply be moving deck chairs on the Titanic, if we do not address the overwhelming challenge to the very survival of our planet." 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 (Jewish, UK)

"Care for the environment is one of the biggest moral and existential issues of our time. Combined and determined action for good stewardship of our planet earth is a central tenet of Christian faith." Rt. Rev. Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, Church of England (Christian, UK)

"This planet is our earthly abode and it has rights over us. "It is Allah who has appointed you protectors in the earth ΓǪ that Allah may try you in what has been given to you." - Al Qur'an - Aisha H.L al-Adawiya, Founder and Chair, Women In Islam Inc. (Muslim, USA)
"All those who live on the Earth at this moment in time have been given the greatest possibility of being agents of transformation for future generations. To live into this possibility we must act on three levels: at the level of nations; at sub-national levels (cities, regions, religious bodies); and as individuals. At all three levels of action we must see the historic Paris Agreement of 2015 as a starting point, not as a static goal, and we must aspire to deeper, broader, more creative efforts. The foundation of all our work in engaging climate change is spiritual - let the religious and spiritual traditions of the Earth bring our greatest spiritual values to bear in this crucial effort." Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of California (Christian, USA)
"Climate change is the most momentous challenge humankind has ever faced. If we fail to rise to this challenge and make the swift, sweeping, even drastic cuts in carbon emissions needed to keep the rise in global average temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the consequences will be catastrophic, as climate scientists have long been telling us. To preserve a livable climate sacrifices will be demanded of all of us, particularly those of us living in the more affluent countries. At this point, however, if we hope to preserve human civilization and protect the fragile web of life, we must act promptly, and act with courage and determination." Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Founder, Buddhist Global Relief (Buddhist, USA)
"As General Secretary of the World Office, on behalf of Quakers, I endorse this statement and support all efforts to renew and heal the Earth. As a spiritual imperative, we are called to live in right relationship with all living beings, to work for peace and eco-justice, and to let our lives be examples of love. Along with our faith partners, we will appeal to the human family and cooperate with those who share our hope for the Earth. May God bless every act toward this healing." Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quaker, USA)
"Climate Change is the most critical moral justice issue faith communities and the world face today. Future generations and all life on earth are counting on us to make a difference." Roy (Bud) Cederholm, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (Christian, USA)
"The fate of many species of plants and animals, as well as our future generations are at grave risk, we must act now." Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director, Tikkun Olam Commission of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities (Jewish, USA)
"As we witness unprecedentedly rapid changes in our climate, with devastating impact on the poorest and most vulnerable members of the human family, it is time for us to come together to work towards a collective return to ecological sanity. Anything less places us on an irreversible road to ruin." Imam Zaid Shakir, Co-founder and Chairman of Student Affairs at Zaytuna College (Muslim, USA)
“The entry into force of the Paris Agreement is a clear and positive signal that the world has started an unstoppable transition away from fossil fuels. The question is if world leaders will have the moral courage to make this transition happen at lightning speed as requested by climate scientists. Catholics join Pope Francis in demanding that the Paris Agreement's nice words be turned into courageous decisions to protect our common home, the Earth, and the poorest who are suffering the worst impacts of the climate crisis. The latest round of negotiations in Morocco next week provide a perfect opportunity for governments to do this, providing clarity on their pre-2020 actions and drafting their longer-term 2050 plans." Tomas Insua, Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement (Christian, USA)
"All religions call for the protection of the creation of God and we humans as the vicegerents of God need to step up and do our part in protecting the environment, the animal kingdom, the plant and rock kingdoms, and the beauty of God's creation. "There is no creature on the Earth nor any bird in the sky except that they are nations just like you." (Quran) Shaikh Mohamed Umer-Esmail, Imam of the Nueces Mosque (Muslim, USA)
 
 

 

 

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