Religion and Climate Action

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Religious Statements on Climate Change: 1 and 2

Faith and Climate Protection

World Religious Leaders on Climate Change

 

Catholic:

  • USCCB Environmental Justice Program [there’s a good video on this page too]
  • Why the Church cares about climate change
  • Catholic Climate Covenant
  • Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment:
    • “Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost forever…”
    • “The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming.”
    • “…recent World Summits on the environment have not lived up to expectations because, due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment.”
    • “An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness…”

 

Protestant:

 

Jewish:

  • Jewish teachings on the environment
    • 5) The Sabbath and prayer help us to achieve this state of mind.
    • 6) The Torah prohibits the wasteful consumption of anything.
    • 8) The Torah prohibits the extinction of species and causing undue pain to non-human creatures.
    • 10) Tikkun Olam: The perfection/fixing of the world is in our hands.
  • Statements by Reform Judaism (URJ) on the environment
    • “The Torah commands, ‘Justice, justice shall you pursue’ (Deuteronomy 16:20), and thus, our energy policy must also be equitable and just – and the countries most responsible for climate change should be those most responsible for finding a solution to the problem. Judaism also underscores the moral imperative of protecting the poor and vulnerable: ‘When one loves righteousness and justice, the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Eternal’ (Psalms 33:5). Indeed, poor nations are likely to bear the brunt of the negative impacts associated with climate change.”
    • “Our clean, fresh water supplies and mineral resources are being exhausted by industrial and population growth, and it is vital that we lead in conservation while developing natural resources. Jewish tradition has long advocated that local and national governments take appropriate measures to remove or ameliorate the growing threats of environmental pollution and to afford protection to the environment.”
    • “The principle of pikuach nefesh, saving human lives above all else, is our greatest moral obligation. We are taught, ‘You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor’ (Leviticus 19:16), and to ‘choose life, that you and your descendants may live’ (Deuteronomy 30:20). It follows, then, that Jewish values command us to preserve the earth and its varied life for our sake and for generations to come.”

Muslim:

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