Care for Environment: The Bahá’í faith

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For Bahá’ís the goal of existence is to carry forward an ever-advancing civilisation. Such a civilisation can only be built on an earth that can sustain itself. The Bahá’í commitment to the environment is fundamental to our Faith.
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Care for Environment: Zoroastrianism

Care for Environment: ZoroastrianismIt is the task of humans to respect and care for the Seven Bounteous Creations and to work against evil forces which oppose right order, and in so doing to bring the world back to its original state of harmony. Thus Zoroastrianism requires humans to protect the environment; to avoid harm, pollution, and waste; and to restore what has been damaged.
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Care for Environment: Islam

Kaaba at MeccaAccording to Islamic law, the basic elements of nature – land, water, fire, forest, and light – belong to all living things, not just human beings. Allah commands human beings to avoid doing mischief and wasting resources as these acts cause degradation of the environment. Here we bring you excerpts from the Qur’an and Hadith on care for the Environment, the Statement on fossil fuel divestment by the Fiqh Council of North America and the Green Ramadan movement.
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Care for Environment: Christianity

The Cross of ChristAs part of the Interfaith Call to Action auspiced by United Nations Environment Program and other multifaith organisations, we will, each month, present the view of one religion on the Environment and Care for the Environment. Religions to be covered include Indigenous Traditions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, the Bahá’í Faith, Hinduism, the Jain Religion, Buddhism, the Sikh Religion, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, and in summary, Environmental Ethics: Points of Agreement among the World’s Religions. This month, Care for the Environment features the teachings of Christianity.
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The International Day of Human Fraternity: A Pathway to the Future

The International Day of Human Fraternity: A Pathway to the Future

In Commemoration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week The Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations and The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and sponsorship of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity have the pleasure to invite you to an interactive panel dedicated to the celebration of The International Day of Human Fraternity A Pathway to the Future

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Care for the Environment – Indigenous Traditions

Alliance of GuardiansAs part of the Interfaith Call to Action auspice by United Nations Environment Program and other multifaith organisations, we will, each month, present the view of one religion on the Environment and care for the environment. Religions to be covered include Indigenous Traditions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, the Bahá’í Faith, Hinduism, the Jain Religion, Buddhism, the Sikh Religion, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, and in summary, Environmental Ethics: Points of Agreement among the World’s Religions.
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Researchers Name Top 10 Insights from Climate Science in 2020

Iceberg

The climate insights report is published each year through a partnership between Future Earth, the Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme.

Emissions from thawing permafrost are likely to be worse than expected.

Other key findings from 2020 include that climate change can affect our mental health, tropical forests may have reached peak uptake of carbon, electrification in cities is pivotal for just sustainability transitions, and going to court to defend human rights can be an essential climate action.

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Treaty Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear ban now in force

The Shepparton Interfaith Network seeks to promote (and achieve) harmony, co-operation and understanding among the faith communities of the Goulburn Valley. We also actively promote and seek peace in our region, as shown by our fulsome support of the Picnic 4 Peace event over its many years of celebration of World Peace Day.

Peace on Earth is also our shared aspiration. To this end, we support an end to war, and the nuclear weapons ban treaty. There is no Planet B. Our planet – our home – cannot afford nuclear testing (it poisons the environment) nor nuclear war. Hence, we bring you this Entry-into-Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, brought about by an Australian organisation that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

In October 2020, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons acquired its 50th ratification, triggering its entry into force 90 days later. This entry into force occurs on Friday the 22nd of January, 2021. That is the day nuclear weapons will be illegal under international law.

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Climate Change and the Strategy for our Local Resources:

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is hosting two online workshops to gather feedback on the recently released Goulburn Broken Regional Insights Paper on 3 December and 7 December 2020. The Shepparton Interfaith Network considers that “we are a river people” and how we manage our natural resources (water, land, biodiversity) in the face of climate change is a critical matter for us all. Hence, we recommend these workshops.

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Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture

Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture

The Australian Academy of Science celebrates NAIDOC Week with a presentation on Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture online, on Monday 9 November at 5:30pm. You are invited to join in as they explain how Indigenous knowledge and science of land, water and fire can inform and improve the management of the natural world.

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Dalai Lama: Global Vision Summit

XIV Dalai LamaLion’s Roar Magazine and Tibet House US are delighted to announce a first-of-its-kind event: The Dalai Lama Global Vision Summit. With the personal endorsement of the Dalai Lama himself, this historic 6-day global summit offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience the Dalai Lama’s example of wisdom, compassion, and visionary insight from an extraordinary panel of 22 Buddhist teachers, spiritual leaders, scientists, and devoted students.

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Earth Overshoot Day for 2020

Earth Overshoot Day

Churches are coming together to toll their bells and hold prayer services to mark Earth Overshoot Day. The tolling bells will warn demise for God’s Creation as we know it on Earth – if we do not repent but instead continue down the destructive path that we have been following.

This year Earth Overshoot Day will fall on 22 August. To maximise publicity about this solemn milestone day, church bells will toll shortly before midday on Friday 21 August to alert people to Earth Overshoot Day the next day.

What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Earth Overshoot Day is the day when humanity’s demands for ecological resources (fresh water, fish, forests, etc), exceeds what the Earth can renew in a year.

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From Islam to Buddhism, faiths have long encouraged stewardship of nature

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In most major religions there is scripture encouraging the protection and care of nature. From Buddhism to Christianity, Hinduism to Islam, faiths recognize the need for environmental stewardship and urge followers to be caretakers of the planet and its biodiversity.

Spiritual leaders play an important role in sharing religious practices and passages so that followers can live a more sustainable lifestyle respecting the 8 million species we share our planet with.

That message was echoed by World Environment Day 2020, which fell on 5 June. The celebration cast a spotlight on the services nature provides us—from food to medicine—and highlighted that, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, life on earth would not be possible without nature’s bounty.

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World Environment Day

World Environment DayWorld Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year the theme of World Environment Day 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity“. “With 1 million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.”
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Dalai Lama on Earth Day: COVID-19 is ‘a lesson in universal responsibility’

XIV Dalai LamaOn the 50th anniversary of Earth Day the XIV Dalai Lama told, our planet is facing one of the greatest challenges to the health and well-being of its people. And yet, in the midst of this struggle, we are reminded of the value of compassion and mutual support. The current global pandemic threatens us all, without distinctions of race, culture or gender, and our response must be as one humanity, providing for the most essential needs of all.
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An Interfaith Earth Day message

World Council of Churches logoWorld Mother Earth Day was observed on April 22nd. As faith-based organisations and movements calling for fair and just policies able to tackle the climate emergency, we understand and support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s decision to postpone COP26 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting the whole of humanity. We nevertheless call on ourselves and on all stakeholders to not delay ambitious and urgent climate action.

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