Good news from the religion front for a change. When I first started online almost 15 years ago, Christian fundies largely ruled the airwaves and spewed invective at “tree huggers” and “hippies,” who were the only people conceivable (by them) to be involved in environmentalism. I once got into a loud fracas with a rabid Christian in a law office who objected to my remarks about the office’s waste and “Mother Earth.” I have blogged about that experience as “This Stinkin’ Earth.”
Over the past decade or so, there has been a kinder, gentler movement within the religious realm to embrace, rather than spit on, our collective home. Every person who has been hanging in there all these years with the environmental movement – not necessarily regarding the “global warming” debate but concerning wanton POLLUTION and destruction of forests, etc. – despite fierce and frantic opposition, should be credited with this increase in enlightenment.
PARIS — Leaders from nine major faiths meet at Windsor Castle on Tuesday in an exceptional initiative that supporters predict will harness the power of religion in the fight against climate change.
The oecumenical gathering at the home of Queen Elizabeth II, 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of London, is being co-staged by the United Nations and Prince Philip’s Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).
Representatives from Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism and Taoism will unveil programmes that “could motivate the largest civil society movement the world has ever seen,” said UN Assistant Secretary General Olav Kjorven.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will launch the event under the banner “Faith Commitments for a Living Planet.”