Faith Leaders Mobilize on Climate Change
Yesterday, faith-based leaders, activists and colleagues gathered in Washington, DC for the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care’s (NRCCC) 15th Annual Washington Prayer Breakfast, followed by meetings with policy makers. Green America staff and members participated in this inspirational gathering focused on climate change and its impacts on the earth and humanity.
An interfaith panel of leaders spoke movingly about the spiritual mandate, across faiths, to protect the natural world. Premier climate scientist James Hansen joined in bestowing this year’s NRCCC award to Bill McKibben, founder and director of 350.org.
The religious leaders spoke on a range of themes, including:
- * The role of the faith community in developing a compelling message of urgency and hope as we confront the global climate crisis.
* The linkage between ecological and spiritual crises.
* The need to continue to focus on carbon mitigation, not just adaptation.
* The plight of environmental refugees.
* The destruction of ecosystems and animals unable to adapt.
* The human role in repairing or healing the earth; “creation care” as a matter of life.
Bill McKibben was introduced as “a writer, warrior, philosopher, and patriot.” NRCCC recognized Bill’s leadership in building a movement that harnesses the energy of young people and empowers people to take action. Bill spoke of “the most interesting technology of the 20th century,” saying it wasn’t nuclear power or the internet – but rather the process of non-violent social change. He added, “It is impossible to guarantee that we will win, but at the same time, if we believe and hope while we take action, then we may prevail.”
For information on 350.org summer actions visit – http://joinsummerheat.org/