Supporting Quotes from Leaders

A Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

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." - April 17, 2016

“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 -  April 17, 2016

“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. -  April 17, 2016

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." - April 17, 2016

“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 - April 17, 2016

“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 - April 17, 2016

“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 - April 17, 2016

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