Faith Perspectives on Climate

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change
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"We recognize the corruption (Fasad) that humans have caused on earth in our relentless pursuit of economic growth and consumption. Disruption of the global climate is a consequence of our corruption in the earth. We are but one of the multitude of living beings with whom we share the earth, and a minuscule part of the divine order, yet we have exceptional power, and bear the responsibility to establish good and avert evil in every way we can."

May 2015

A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change
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"We have a brief window of opportunity to take action, to preserve humanity from imminent disaster and to assist the survival of the many diverse and beautiful forms of life on Earth. Future generations, and other species that we share the biosphere with us, have no voice to ask for our compassion, wisdom, and leadership. We must listen to their silence. We must be their voice, too, and act on their behalf.

May 2015 Pope Francis

Encyclical Letter Laudato si'
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"The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home"

2006

Unitarian Universalist Statement of Conscience
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"We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical response. As a people of faith, we commit to a renewed reverse for life and respect for the interdependent web of all existence."

Bahá'í Statement to the UN Climate Change Conference
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"Identifying the spiritual principles at the root of ecological challenges can also be key in formulating effective action. Principles -- that humanity constitutes but a single people, for example, or that justice demands universal participation in the work of sustainable development -- reflect the rich complexity of human nature. Just as importantly, they help foster the will and the aspiration needed to facilitate the implementation of pragmatic measures."

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Additional Resources:

  • Climate change resolution of The Church of God in Christ, the largest African-American Pentecostal denomination in the United States and the fourth largest Protestant denomination in North America, representing  nearly 6.5 million members in 60 nations. “We pledge to find ways to reduce the impacts and risks of climate change through promoting stewardship habits and increasing awareness in our homes, businesses, relationships and in our congregations.”
  • Statement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “The effects of climate change are borne by the most vulnerable people, whether at home or around the world. The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. As Catholics our faith calls us to care for all of God’s creation, especially the ‘least of these’ (Mt 25:40).”
  • Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, “We recognize the corruption (fasād) that humans have caused on the Earth due to our relentless pursuit of economic growth and consumption.”
  • Statement of Conscience by Unitarian Universalist Association,  “The member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, pledge to ground our missions and ministries in reverence for this earth and responsibility.”
  • Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change, “We have a brief window of opportunity to take action, to preserve humanity from imminent disaster and to assist the survival of the many diverse and beautiful forms of life on Earth. Future generations, and the other species that share the biosphere with us, have no voice to ask for our compassion, wisdom, and leadership. We must listen to their silence. We must be their voice, too, and act on their behalf.”
  • Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change, “We recognize that climate change is not merely an economic or technical problem, but rather at its core is a moral, spiritual and cultural one.”
  • Comprehensive list of faith statements courtesy of Interfaith Power and Light
  • Faith Based Statements on Climate Change,  courtesy of Citizens Climate Lobby