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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Interfaith Actions for the Environment

Read the transcript from our Young Leaders' live chat about interfaith actions for the environment, held on Sunday, July 25th at 14:00 GMT. Themes explored included the importance of caring for creation as expressed in many religious and spiritual traditions, dominion vs. stewardship, sacred practices that get us in touch with the Earth, practical steps on how to make your home and community more eco-friendly, and inspiring examples of interfaith cooperation around the environment in the Middle East. Guest speakers included Karin Kloosterman from www.greenprophet.com and Elyse Ryder from Greenfaith Australia, both URI Cooperation Circles.