Monday 25 April 2016 at 16:20Keep Hope Alive
by Sean, Alex, and the OurVoices Team,
Last Monday, diverse faith leaders presented the Interfaith Climate Change Statement to the President of the UN General Assembly. We had 270 high-level faith leaders, over 170 additional religious groups, and more than 5,000 people from around the world sign on. It was covered by media from around the world, and symbolized the start to climate buildup ahead of the April 22 Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nation.
Now, we need to show the world that our words are matched by our actions, and our unwavering commitment to care for our sacred earth.
On June 12, the 6-month anniversary of the Paris Agreement, religious and spiritual groups around the world are joining forces for Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust.
Click here to join Sacred EarthAlex and I are 25 and 26, respectively — so even though many world leaders will not live to see the success or failure of the Paris Agreement, we will. And we believe that the cries we make together in our communities can be translated into positive change inside the negotiating rooms of our leaders.
June 12 is the day we make this happen.
Faith communities around the world will come together in celebration of our common home and to escalate our call for action on climate change.
Some people will offer a simple, heartfelt prayer, meditation or mantra to show their care for the earth. Others will deliver a sermon, teach a lesson, or speak out in a public forum. And some will organize community art projects, vigils, or climate marches through their towns. And as people join in their celebration, all of our actions and prayers will be shared online, using hashtag #SacredEarth.
Our movement is powerful, and it is growing fast, but so is the climate crisis.
Every month this year has been the hottest one on record. We need to match it by growing and acting faster than ever before. June 12 is the moment we will do that.
By coming together across faiths and around the world, we can reach out to more members of our communities and raise our voices so our leaders cannot ignore us.
A better future and a safer climate is possible, together we are the solution. So please join us on June 12. Click here to join Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust.
Thanks for everything you do.