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As people of faith and belief we feel a personal and collective sense of love and responsibility for the wellbeing of our 7 billion global neighbours and for nature itself. This the heart of OurVoices

Make no mistake. Climate change is not just an environmental problem. It is a humanitarian and development emergency, and it's already affecting many vulnerable communities. This is why, as people of faith, we believe that climate change is a moral issue.

OurVoices was started to lift up the desire for action from the world’s people of faith. We have never been needed more.

Who runs

OurVoices is a joint not-for-profit project, run under the auspices of The Conservation Foundation in the UK and GreenFaith in the USA.

The Conservation Foundation is registered as a UK Charity No. 284656. The Conservation Foundation, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR.

GreenFaith is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization in the USA. GreenFaith, 101 South Third Ave., #12, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Tax ID 223452273.

The inspiration for came from many people in different countries and from different spiritual and religious backgrounds. It is run by a small team scattered across the world from the Borders of Scotland and London to New York City to Hong Kong. Our Governance Committee, with founding members David Shreeve, Dr. Mark Robson and Vanya Walker-Leigh, guarantees your data protection and the overall project integrity.

Project Team

Project Co-ordinator - The Rev Fletcher Harper
Fletcher is Executive Director of GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental NGO. He is an Ashoka Fellow and was recognized for his work by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the Many Faiths, One Earth celebration at Windsor Castle in 2009. 

Web Master - Chris Hurst

Chris is responsible for the creation of the online platform, supervising a small team of sub-contracted programmers. He has a long time interest in the development of web based systems. He is also a photographer and occasional social historian.

Digital Engagement Manager - Alex Price

Alex comes to OurVoices having worked with where he learnt the skills required to run successful online campaigns, as well as the multi-tasking needs of this project. When he’s not doing all things digital, he’s on his bike and was recruited for OurVoices half way down California peddling along the Pacific Coast highway.


Social Media Manager - Sean A. Watkins

Sean manages OurVoices’ e-mail and social media communications and is the main curator of the OurVoices blog. Sean is a graduate of Michigan State University, studied at the Federal Universities of Bahia & Pará in Brazil, is fluent in Portuguese and speaks Spanish. Previously, he worked with Believe Out Loud,  an online community initiative designed to empower Christians to work for LGBTQ equality.


Asia Region Coordinator - Ciara Shannon

Through Eden Ventures, Ciara advises business & NGO's on sustainability and climate change and lectures for the University of Hong Kong and The University of Science & Technology (HKUST). Prior to this, she set up and ran the Climate Change Business Forum for the Business Environment Council (BEC) and was named an Outstanding Earth Champion HK 2008. Ciara has worked with numerous NGOs and development charities across the Asia region, chairs the Cecilian Singers and is on the Board of the Royal Geographical Society, HK.


Latin America Coordinator - Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo

Neddy is a Venezuelan-American eco-theologian and Presbyterian pastor who has created and taught eco-theology courses for theological seminaries in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. Neddy is also an on- farm educator at an organic farm in Northern Illinois, USA. 


Latin America Social Media Managaer - Raimy Ramirez

A Colombian-Venezuelan, Raimy studied environmental management in Venezuela before moving to Colombia, and is passionate about the rescue of sea turtles. A Presbyterian, she has been working with youth of the ecumenical movement on eco-theological themes. She is also part of an interfaith group in Bogotá working to have eco-theology be included within the greater environmental issues in Bogotá. 


Muslim Coordinator - Nana Firman

An Indonesian now based in Southern California, Nana previously directed Indonesian recovery efforts in the wake of earthquake and tsunami, and has worked with Muslim leaders in Indonesia to create climate resiliency plans. She is currently a member of Green Mosque Project for Islamic Society of North America. 


Catholic Coordinators - Patrick Carolan & Jeff Korgen

Patrick is Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network, a grassroots organization that mobilizes Franciscans on social justice issues globally. He has managed Advancement for Catholic school systems, run Social Justice Programs for networks of Catholic parishes, and served as president of the Connecticut State Employee Union.  

Jeff Korgen is coordinating OurVoices Catholic outreach, in collaboration with leaders of the Franciscan Action Network. Jeff, who has published 3 books on Catholic social justice ministry, has staffed the Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors, served as a social justice educator for the Archdiocese of New York, and worked as lead organizer for the Brockton Interfaith Community. 


Jewish Coordinator - Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Rabbi Troster is GreenFaith’s Rabbinic Scholar in Residence and co-founder of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program. One of the world’s leading Jewish eco-theologians, he has published widely on issues of environment, cosmology and Judaism and is the founder of the Shomrei Breishit – Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth network. 


Hindu Coordinator - Gopal Patel

Gopal Patel is the Director of the Bhumi Project, the world’s leading Hindu environmental network. He has supported the development of Hindu environmental programs across India and the global Hindu diaspora, and is directing OurVoices’ outreach to Hindu leaders and communities in India. 


French Outreach Coordinators - Tiphaine Breillot & Fadoie Habouch

Tiphaine has over seven years of experience in ecotourism and climate change in the Alps working to adapt the territory of Chamonix Valley in response to climate change. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science-International Relations from Lyon University.

Fadoie manages our French communications. After studying history in university to became a journalist, she found herself caring more about humanitarian actions, and soon after joined OurVoices to be more involved in environnemental issues, through both her religious beliefs and civic duties.


People's Pilgrimage Ambassador - Yeb Saño

Yeb Saño is the leader of OurVoices’ People’s Pilgrimage, and will lead a 600+ mile walk from Rome to Paris beginning in September 2015 and arriving in Rome on the day of the start of the climate negotiations. The former lead Filipino climate change commissioner, Yeb attracted global attention for his fast at the 2013 COP in solidarity with the people of his country. 


Project Originator - Tessa Tennant

Tessa has worked in the corporate and the not-for-profit worlds for many years. Among other things, she co-founded The Jupiter Ecology Fund, UK-Social Investment Forum,, ASrIA and The Ice Organisation. She also helped in the early days of the International Interfaith Investor Group Tessa is currently a non-executive Director of the UK Green Investment Bank, President of The Ice Organisation and Chair of the Global Cool Foundation.


Storify Manager - Liberty-Belle Howard
Liberty has over four years of experience in digital marketing and content creation, and has recently been working in the financial sector to develop corporate social responsibility policies and activity. She's passionate about helping to tell the ourvoices story, and has been involved in climate change activity in her local community and online from a young age.

Governance Committee Members

David Shreeve

David Shreeve with Prof David Bellamy co-founded The Conservation Foundation in 1982, as one of the first organisations to link business and the environment. For thirty years it has created and managed awareness campaigns, award schemes, publications and events covering wide ranging issues aimed at different and diverse audiences often running projects as partnerships with corporate and individual sponsors, government departments, media organisations, trusts and foundations. It has also been an environmental incubator, helping fledgling organisations get off the ground.  Some of its initiatives include the spiritual dimension of environmental concern.  David worked closely with the Church of England during the Conservation Foundation’s Yews for the Millennium project and as a result was invited to become the Environmental Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council and awarded a Lambeth Degree for his work in helping the CofE to understand its environmental responsibilities.

Vanya Walker-Leigh

Vanya Walker-Leigh TSSF, an Anglican Franciscan tertiary, is an economist and journalist based in Malta who has reported from 13 of the last 18 UN climate change conferences. She also represents Malta's leading environmental NGO on Climate Action Network International, is senior adviser on climate change to the 126-member Mediterranean NGO network MIO-ECSDE and has recently completed two consultancies on climate change with the Catholic, Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. She was an accredited correspondent to the UN in Geneva of three leading UK newspapers and Radio France International English service, and then in Paris for Canada's Financial Post and other publications as well as a reporter for the International Herald Tribune Special reports. She has covered nearly 100 multilateral conferences and holds five degrees (four postgraduate) from the University of London.

Do your people have faith?

Our team members have different faiths and beliefs; we focus on the strong moral values we all share. is non-partisan and does not belong to any single religion or belief system.

Which organisations do you support?

Our vision is to ensure world leaders act on the voices of millions who believe in protecting vulnerable people and our planet from the harmful effects of man-made climate change. We are open to supporting any faith / environment organisation that wholeheartedly shares our vision by sharing links and news of their activities. 

When did you start

This website and the invitation to sign went live at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on the 7th May 2014, when UN Climate Leader Christiana Figueres urged all people of faith to express their love for the world to the world’s politicians through - see the video clip. Please add your name now on our home page and spread the good news.

What will happen to OurVoices now the Paris talks are over?

Our aim was to generate the biggest possible groundswell of support for a strong climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. An outcry from the human heart, expressed through the concern shown by people of faith and goodwill.

We are currently in discussions with our supporters, friend and allies from around the world and will share our plans for the future as soon as they ready.