THE GROUPS AND PEOPLE BEHIND THE INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT 2016 JOINT COLLABORATION

The drafting and dissemination of the Interfaith Climate Change Statement 2016 and the related event on April 18th 2016, have been facilitated by GreenFaith in joint collaboration with representatives from: ACT Alliance, Bhumi Project, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Catholic Earthcare Australia, Eco-Sikh, Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Lutheran World Federation, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists and World Council of Churches.

WORKING GROUP MEMBERS

  • ACT Alliance – Mariana Poali, Mattias Söderberg and Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich
  • Bhumi Project – Mat McDermott and Gopal Patel
  • Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University – Sister Valériane Bernard (& UN Interfaith Liaison Committee representative)
  • Catholic Earthcare Australia and the Multifaith Association of South Australia – Philippa Rowland
  • EcoSikh – Ravneet Singh
  • Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective (GBCCC) – Sister True Dedication and Ciara Shannon
  • Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) – Tomas Insua and Marie Venner
  • GreenFaith – Nana Firman, Rev. Fletcher Harper, Vanya Walker-Leigh, Alex Price, Ciara Shannon (Coordinator)
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide – Lotifa Belgum
  • Lutheran World Federation (LWF) – Caroline Bader and Martin Kopp
  • Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists – Sister True Dedication
  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Social Justice Organizing Program – Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
  • World Council of Churches (WCC) – Rev. Henrik GrapeINVESTMENT MODES
    • Donations from individuals and organizations
    • Loans at discounted rates from financial firms and debt providers
    • Research organizations to study about the course of the event
    • Government funds to hold the event in continuation
    • Digital currencies and foreign currencies through transfer channels, digital wallets and trading platforms like Quantum Code and currency exchange.

ABOUT THE ORGANISATIONS

ACT Alliance – A coalition of 147 churches and faith-based organisations working together in over 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people. It runs the Act Now for Climate Justice campaign.

Bhumi Project – Based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, The Bhumi Project uses Hindu teachings and perspectives to work with Hindu temples, communities and leaders to take a more active role in the care and protection of our natural world.

Catholic Earthcare Australia – Is the ecological agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Their vision is for an ecologically sustainable and resilient Australia, where Catholic communities play an active part in the holistic care of social, human and environmental ecology.

Brahma Kumaris – A worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma  Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO.

EcoSikh – EcoSikh connects Sikh values, beliefs, and institutions to the most important environmental issues facing our world. We draw on the rich tradition of the Sikh Gurus and the Khalsa Panth to shape the behavior and outlook of Sikhs and the world, ensuring that our deep reverence for all creation remains a central part of the Sikh way of life.

Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective (GBCCC) – A number of Buddhist and Interfaith climate groups who came together in September 2015 to facilitate a Buddhist contribution to COP21 and beyond and to facilitate the Buddhist community to collectively take action on climate change.

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) – Represents tens of thousands of lay Catholics and 100 Catholic organisations responding to the Papal encyclical.

GreenFaith – GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.  Our work is internationally based and we believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.

Islamic Relief Worldwide – An independent humanitarian and development organisation with a presence in over 40 countries around the globe.

Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of 145 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 72 million Christians in 98 countries.

The Multifaith Association of South Australia seeks a real meeting of hearts and minds among members of different spiritual beliefs and cultures.  It is affiliated with the Charter for Compassion, Religions for Peace Australia, United Religions Initiative and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists – Founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, there are monastic practice centers in the Plum Village tradition in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College – Social Justice Organizing program at RRC trains rabbis to be Jewish leaders in bringing about a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling society. It is the first specialized academic track at a Jewish seminary to focus on justice organizing.

World Council of Churches – The WCC is a fellowship of 345 member churches who together represent more than half a billion Christians around the world. Including most of the world’s Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.