To support, challenge and inspire discussions during COP 27, ICSD* partnered with the Peace Department and the Elijah Interfaith Institute in co-organizing ten interfaith climate events, including a Climate Repentance Ceremony. The events took place in Sharm El Sheik, Jerusalem, Mt. Sinai, London, Rishikesh (India) and elsewhere. Religious leaders called for a reexamination of deep-seated attitudes and for identifying ways to transform these attitudes for the wellbeing of Earth, our common home. At COP 27 in Sharm El Sheik, ICSD organized four multifaith climate press conferences. The events highlighted concrete initiatives of how religious communities are actively meeting the climate challenge, including Bishop Holmberg of Stockholm sharing about the Church of Sweden's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. If you didn't make it to Sharm, here's a video of one of the interfaith press conferences.
The project partners brought together premier religious leaders from the world’s major religions to put forth a prophetic interreligious call to action: “Ten Universal Principles for Climate Justice.” We launched a media campaign, which received media coverage in hundreds of media outlets, reaching tens of millions of people. We are grateful for the widespread, global reach of our work. The Ten Principles for Climate Repentance (mini versions) are:
1. We are stewards of this world
2. Creation manifests divinity
3. Everything in life is interconnected
4. Do no harm
5. Look after tomorrow
6. Rise above ego for our world
7. Change our inner climate
8. Repent and return
9. Every action matters
10. Use mind, open heart
As world leaders, business executives, scientists and climate activists met at COP 27, we also launched the Sinai Climate Partnership, which encouraged clergy to teach and preach on climate change. We shared preaching resources to thousands of clergy, to help them add their voices to the calls for climate justice and action.
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With warm regards from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Yonatan Neril
Founder & Executive Director
*Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development | Uniting for a Sustainable Future “Returning to Sinai” — A Prophetic Call for Climate Justice and Ceremony of Repentance | The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development
YouTube Ten Universal Principles for Climate Justice: Faith Leaders Share at UN Climate Conference COP 27 Between November 6th and 18th, 2022, the UN climate conference COP 27 took place place on the Sinai Peninsula, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. This video from COP... (87 kB) www.youtube.com/watch?v=2upGxN5QBZ4 The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development | Uniting for a Sustainable Future Sinai Climate Partnership | The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development Oct 17th (21 kB) https://interfaithsustain.com/sinai-climate-partnership/