Wednesday 30 December 2015 at 23:20Something Spectacular
by Tessa Tennant, on behalf of the global OurVoices team
There are certain times when it’s important to step back, to give thanks, and to celebrate. This is one of those times.
Together, over the past sixteen months, we have achieved something spectacular, more than I would have ever imagined.
Starting with the People’s Climate March in NYC in Sept. 2015, we led the organizing of over 10,000 people of diverse faiths and spiritualities who came together in the largest faith mobilization on climate change ever! Here’s a photo of the crowd at the rousing multi-faith service we held just before the March!
Credit: Manos Fotiou/OurVoicesWhen Pope Francis released his encyclical, we helped make the celebration a multi-faith, global affair.
We organized a beautiful march called "One Earth, One Human Family" into St. Peter’s Square, with thousands of people of diverse faiths taking part.
Credit: Mat McDermottThen, we brought together 110 young faith leaders from over 30 countries for our Rome Convergence, equipping them to go back home and to work for climate justice.
Credit: OurVoicesWe followed the encyclical by assisting in the development and release of major statements on climate change from a range of faiths. The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, Hindu Climate Declaration, and Buddhist Climate Change Statements were all huge successes signed by leaders of those faiths and picked up by the media around the world. Each one showed the world the reality that people of many, many religions were united in calling on world leaders to act.
In May, Yeb Saño joined our global team to lead the People’s Pilgrimage, a walking pilgrimage with everyday people and spiritual leaders from the Philippines to Vanuatu, the Great Barrier Reef, and India. Then, on 30 September, after a blessing in St. Peter’s Square, Yeb and 20 brave pilgrims began their long trek to Paris, where they arrived at the start of the climate talks. It was an epic, courageous journey.
When they arrived in Paris we celebrated!
But today, we step back, give thanks, and celebrate.
Thank you, for everything you've done, all your hard work and for your belief that people of many faiths and spiritualities can put their beliefs into action for our earth.
Yours in faith,
Tessa, Fletcher, and all the OurVoices Team