|WORLD RELIGIONS CONSULTED ON CLIMATE CHANGE....just not for prayers... but for multi-year eco-conservation plans from the faith upholders....|
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on November 7, 2009
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Cambodian pagodas are preparing their own Plans for Generational Change
Right Photo: A Jewish Seven Year Plan is being discussed in key meetings
in Jerusalem, London and New York.
Left Photo: ECOSIKH is
launched in July 2009 by Sikhs in the US and India to form a Five Year
Plan to protect the environment.
Right Photo: Daoists in China are holding meetings about their own Eight
Heavens, One Earth”......
of world religions....
nine of the world’s
met at Windsor Castle
in Great Britain on november 2-4, 2009.....
to pledge actions aimed at
stemming global warming.....
Olav Kjorven, an assistant secretary general
at the United Nations
involved with the meeting says:
"......Religions run more than
half the world’s schools,
tweaking a curriculum to include
more on the environment
can have a big impact."
".......Their vast financial holdings provide
& leverage and capital for
with environmental or social benefits....."
".......What religion has to offer
when it comes to mobilizing for
action on climate change
or any environmental issue
has been completely
not taken into a count so far.......”
an Event website for
the Windsor Event, Many Heavens,
One Earth: Faith Commitments for a Living Planet,
which was held from November 2-4, 2009.
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today's news story summarized above of the MANY HEAVENS ONE EARTH
meeting in London, UK held November 2 to 4, 2009.....along with related
information which will help YOU
to understand the backgrounder to this meeting of the world's largest 9
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......Millions of Muslims go on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and
Medina every year.
A new high speed train planned by Saudi Arabia
is bound to make the journey smoother, cooler, and
much more environmentally-friendly......
......TODAY'S NEW STORY....
Religion’s Role in the Climate Challenge
York Times: Dot Earth Blog:
November 3, 2009: By Andrew C. Revkin)
click on the name hilites
in this news story to learn more about the plans
by various religious and other organizations to fight the
CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE...
A remarkable conclave of leading figures from nine of the world’s major
religions is under way at Windsor Castle in Britain, under the auspices
of Prince Philip and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.
Heavens, One Earth,” the meeting is intended to generate
commitments for actions by religious organizations, congregants and
countries that could reduce emissions of greenhouse gases or otherwise
limit the human impact on the environment.
Much of the discourse over climate has been focused on gigatons of
gases, megawatt hours of electricity, miles per gallon or details of
diplomatic accords or legislation.
But Olav Kjorven, an assistant
secretary general at the United Nations involved with the meeting, spent
the last year visiting religious orders around the world to see what
faiths could bring to the climate table. The answer, Mr. Kjorven told
me, is a lot, and not simply in prayerr.
Religions, he explained, run more than half the world’s schools, so
tweaking a curriculum to include more on the environment can have a big
Their vast financial holdings provide leverage and capital for
investments with environmental or social benefits.
At the conference,
which ends on Wednesday, November 4,2009, many faiths will be announcing
to make more of an impact in an arena that has not tended to be a top
EcoSikh movement is one result.
Mr. Kjorven noted a plan to reduce
the environmental impact of the hajj, the annual
Muslim pilgrimage to
“What religion has to offer when it comes to mobilizing for action on
climate change or any environmental issue has been completely not taken
into a count so far,” Mr. Kjorven said.
“The environmental agenda has
always had an anchor in science, facts and data. Religion tended to be
seen by secular science-oriented people as superstition. Besides, those
are the guys who think evolution never happened.
“And religions sometimes have not been very interested, either.
decades, several faiths were looking the other way even though in their
traditions, when you go further back in Scriptures, have a lot to say in
terms of caring for creation.
There are segments of the evangelical
movement that certainly are still not interested, but by and large
religions are becoming a major voice, and you can hear them in a
powerful way in Windsor.”
I sent the following question to some of the participants:
"Science delineates what is likely to happen as humans increasingly
dominate Earth systems. But data are not a prescription. It is values,
including religious views, that shape responses, both personal and
societal. Has the reality that decisions on climate and related matters
will be made as much based on values as science been adequately
If not, why not?
If yes, how can a common global goal on avoiding climate instability and
safeguarding the planet’s biological patrimony realistically be sought
given the variety of views and values around the world?
here to read
the long term plans and latest news of
the CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE
from communities around the world from the website
Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)...
.....RESPONSE TO THE ABOBVE
FROM CONCERNED EARTHLINGS
ALL OVER THE WORLD...
to read on the DOT EARTH BLOG page
on the NEW YORK TIMES website....
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