Environment

We unite to heal and protect the Earth. URI works to prevent conflicts that arise from a scarcity of shared resources.
Blantyre CC cleans up Malawi township

By uniting to address threats to our shared ecosystem, we can find literal common ground, since every member of every faith tradition depends on necessities like clean water and access to natural resources to survive.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • In the USA, California Interfaith Power and Light CC makes energy and water conservation improvements to their houses of worship, installing solar panels, holding training programs for other congregations, and lobbying state and local governments for stronger climate policies and investments in renewable energy.
  • Forward in Action for Conservation of Indigenous Species (FACIS) introduced a new strategy of bringing people of different faiths to work together to produce organic food through a sustainable farming called "Biointensive agriculture". In the spirit of togetherness, Muslims and Christians in northern Nigeria work together on the same farmland to learn new but simple, eco-friendly methods of farming while also nurturing relationships. So people who were perceived enemies of one another are now friends working to produce organic food to fight hunger and poverty.
  • Cooperation Circles across the globe collaborate through URI’s Environmental Network, joining efforts to halt climate change, promote biodiversity and reforestation efforts, call for sustainable governmental policies, and other projects to improve the Earth for all humanity.
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Stories

Nuclear Disarmament: a question of morals...

The following article is written by Dr. Jonathan Granoff.  He is president of the Global Security Institute and a founding member of the Voices for a  World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle.  He is also an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address the threats posed by nuclear weapons.  

The Vision: Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

If you live in a city which is a nuclear weapons target, if you live in a country which aims nuclear weapons at other regions, if you live in a world which would be devastated by nuclear weapons, you probably don’t have the opportunity to vote on the use of nuclear weapons.  Until now.  Now a voice vote by grassroots people is being called, and your voice will be counted.