United Nations initiative highlights faith’s key role in environmental protection

As centres of change and strong stakeholders in achieving sustainable development, places of worship must set the example in adopting green infrastructure and energy, a new report says. 

People trust the messages and actions disseminated and undertaken by faith-based organizations, according to the report.

“Faith-based organizations can use houses of worship such as mosques, churches, synagogues, gurdwaras and temples as faith hubs and central spaces that mobilise environmental stewardship by encouraging particular behaviour,” it says. “While currently, such spaces are used to convey religious teachings, these teachings must address environmental issues related to individual practices and behaviours.”

Released this week, the report is based on a synthesis of speeches and presentations at the Faith for Earth dialogue, a side event at the recently concluded United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Leaders from world faith traditions joined - for the first time – on the sidelines of the assembly to discuss their role in environmental protection. They shared best practices and explored current challenges.

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