By Nana Firman
Last Sunday and Monday, communities of faith and spirit rose up around the world, calling for climate justice in the biggest faith-based day of distributed climate action we’ve ever seen.
In Indonesia, youth-led actions called for the end of coal mining and deforestation.
In France, an interfaith coalition called on TotalEnergies to stop funding a destructive pipeline in East Africa- the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline.
In Tanzania and Uganda - where the pipeline would be located - interfaith allies called for 100% clean energy, not a new pipeline.
In Zimbabwe, Christians and Muslims came together for a peaceful march demanding an end to mining right in the middle of one of the country’s national parks.
In Guatemala, people of faith planted trees and called for an end to deforestation.
In the United States, people of faith sat in at the White House calling on President Biden to stop fossil fuels.
In Australia, representatives of diverse religious communities held a climate action prayer vigil at the local office of Prime Minister Morrison.
And that’s just a few of the 500+ actions that happened across the globe.
As the photos and stories flooded in from across the world, I felt hopeful and inspired. The actions showed that we are deeply united across lands, cultures, and faiths.
We all want to get rid of what pollutes our communities and our planet. We all want to grow a sustainable and just future where our communities and families can thrive.
At GreenFaith, we will continue to fight alongside you for that future.
This is not our first action, and it will not be our last. We will need to continue to organize, bring more people into this movement, and build deep relationships so we can successfully fight for the changes we need at the local, national, and global level.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing stories and victories from different actions across the world. We’ll be inviting you to join us virtually in action at COP-26. We’ll be coming together for regional and global debriefs and trainings to continue to build this beautiful, diverse movement.
For now, please talk to your friends, family, and fellow community members, and tell them what inspired you about Faiths 4 Climate Justice. Share the post, and share your own story.
Thank you for your organizing, your vision, and everything you do to fight for a more sustainable and just future.
P.S. If you were inspired by Faiths 4 Climate Justice, please consider donating to GreenFaith. Your financial support is how we can continue to support local organizers across the world.