Thursday, November 5, 2009

Religion gets behind fight against climate change

Religion gets behind fight against climate change
Agence France-Presse
2 Nov 2009 Link to full article below

PARIS-Leaders from nine major faiths meet at Windsor Castle on Tuesday in an exceptional initiative that supporters predict will harness the power of religion in the fight against climate change.

The ecumenical gathering at the home of Queen Elizabeth II, 22 miles west of London, is being co-staged by the United Nations and Prince Philip´s Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).

Representatives from Baha´ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism, and Taoism will unveil programs that "could motivate the largest civil society movement the world has ever seen," said U.N. Assistant Secretary General Olav Kjorven.

U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon will launch the event under the banner "Faith Commitments for a Living Planet."

"We expect to send a strong signal from religion to governments that we are extremely committed. It´s about religions mobilizing their followers to act against climate change," Kjorven told AFP in an interview.

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