The Moral Dimension of Climate Change and Sustainability

A session by Indonesian Climate Change Council

Date : Thursday, 10 November 2016
Time : 14.40 – 16.00 GMT
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco


Over the past several years there has been a significant global awakening to the linkages between spirituality and sustainability.  Major statements have been made by Islamic Clerics in the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change , by the Holy See in Laudato Si’ , in suite of Buddhist statements on Climate Change, the Rabbinical Letter on Climate Change among others.

These has also been an increasing acknowledgment and respect for traditional wisdom in environmental stewardship. While each statement is different in detail and in connections to specific element from the individual faith, they each share a number of vital features on morality and spirituality.  The statements share an affirmation in the connections drawn between honouring God and respecting and renewing the human connection to the planet and all its residents.  Each statement also recognizes in the beauty of nature the presence of the divine, and the supreme insult that man does by disrespecting that beauty.  Each acknowledges as well the negative consequences on a fruitful, just human society that such disrespect engenders.

This panel will examine two related and interacting themes:

  • How has the dialog between spirituality and sustainability evolved?
  • What differences exist and what paths for partnership in responding to climate change does this evolving spiritual linkage offer?
  • How are issues of climate and faith evolving differently or similarly in industrializing and in developed nations?
  • Can faith and shared commitments to God, nature, and community advance the understanding of science, biodiversity and environmental justice
  • How does this awakening moral consciousness and spirituality manifest itself in worldly activities such as governance, business, industry and finance.




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