Interfaith Dialogue : Faith Communities on Climate Actions

A session by Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Date : Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Time : 16.10 – 17.30 GMT
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco

 

We live in a time of tremendous change, the nature and extent of which is the subject of intense debate and attention around the world. At the heart of this debate is the clash of immediate human needs with their long-term impacts on the planet’s capacity to support life. While the Paris Climate Agreement sent a vital signal that a global energy transition is underway, and for nations to pursue efforts to limit the warming of the planet well below 2°C limit above pre-industrial levels, nation’s commitments at COP 21 now face the hard part, namely how the world will actually limit the warming of the planet? Undeniably, the world must transition away from fossil fuels as rapidly as possible, by having pledges to reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions and commitments to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.

The entry into force of the Paris Agreement before COP 22 is indeed a momentous step in addressing the greatest challenge facing humanity today. In recent years, there has been a growing realization among various faith communities, that climate change has grave implications for the future of our planet and represents one of the great moral and ethical issues of our time. The Inter-religious Climate and Ecology Network, for instance, has come together as an interfaith initiative to address the complex and combined challenges of climate change, bio-diversity loss and human insecurity by emphasizing a combination of community-based actions for resilience and increasing advocacy to bring political, policy and awareness changes. It previously held two international conferences in 2012 in Sri Lanka and in 2015 in South Korea, and currently is planning to hold its 3 rd international conference in Indonesia for 2017. It is indeed our individual and collective responsibility to address climate change, to manage climate risks, to protect people and nature, and to heal our one and only sacred earth. In the years to come, we undoubtedly need a global energy transition that prevents the worst impact of climate change and leaves no one behind especially the world’s poor communities; while simultaneously, we must reduce vulnerability of affected communities by having adaptation measures.

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