Wednesday 03 June 2015 at 18:11We Must Work Together
by Sean A. Watkins, OurVoices
“Our divided voices can only do so much; let’s see what happens when we sing in chorus.”
It is this phrase which brought together over 365 individual perspectives on our environmental future for the Global Chorus, a project aimed at ensuring not only the survival of the human race, but the preservation of the rest of life on Earth. One of these diverse voices in this global collective is Hindu monastic, Swami Ambikananda.
Swami Ambikananda is the founder of both the Traditional Yoga Association and the Mukti Project, and has long spoken out about the need for stronger spiritual connections with our planet.
“I beg you all to commit to working together spiritually to protect and nurture what God has give[n] us. By exploring nature together, we might together discover the mystery of our existence in this vast unbounded universe*,” she has said before.
From this understanding, working to protect our planet from climate change not only leads to a cleaner, brighter future, but also allows us to understand our authentic selves much better. We all have our own individual stories to share, but when we unite together in solidarity, our effectiveness at creating change is stronger.
Swami Ambikananda’s words come at a time when faith and secular communities joining together to fight climate change are becoming increasingly more visible.
In April, the Vatican held a global summit of religious leaders, Nobel laureates, heads of state, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to warn the world of the dire effects of climate change leading up to the highly anticipated papal encyclical on the environment this summer.
We’re tremendously excited to have Swami Ambikananda joining OurVoices as a Spiritual Ambassador. She has been a terrific champion for interfaith climate action, and we can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.
Photo via Brandon Oh