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October 19, 2011
Rabbi Lawrence Troster
Huffington Post

Simchat Torah is the last celebration of the Jewish High Holiday season. Created in Babylonia during the early middle ages, it is a holiday that marks the end of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah with end of Deuteronomy and then beginning the new cycle of reading with Genesis 1 once more.

October 17, 2011
By Malungelo Booi
Eyewitness News

Church leaders want world leaders to come up with a binding agreement in dealing with the problem of climate change.
Religious leaders launched a campaign called “We have faith - act now for climate justice” on Monday.
The campaign aims to put pressure on the 17th Conference of the Parties to the...

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Water, Water Everywhere and Nor any Drop to Drink”: Praying for Rain at the Right Time and in the Right Amount

October 2011
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

October 6, 2011
United Nations Environment Programme

Nairobi, 6 October 2011 - The world population is set to hit 7 billion on 31 October 2011, bringing into sharp focus the challenges of ensuring sustainable development and a fair share of the planet’s resources for a growing global population. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has today joined the 7...

October 6, 2011
Alliance of Religions and Conservation Press Release

The first global network aimed at greening pilgrimage – the largest movement of people worldwide – will be launched in the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT, at the Sacred Land celebration in Assisi, Italy, from October 31 to November 2, 2011. The event is organised by the...

October 1, 2011
United Nations Environment Programme

Social Networking to Mobilizing Communities Spotlighted to Awaken World Leaders to Back a Sustainable Century

UNEP Tunza International Children and Youth Conference

27 September to 1 October 2011

Bandung, Indonesia -While some UN conferences can become over-preoccupied with...

Pambazuka News
Issue 550
September 29, 2011

The following tributes to Wangari Maathai have been published in  Pambazuka News (English edition), the authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa.


Horace Campbell

‘The best tribute we can pay to this great woman of Africa is to...

September 28, 2011
By Craig Feguson
Craig Ferguson Images

Wangari Maathai: What role does spirituality play in our work to heal the earth?

By Wangari Maathai
Yes! Magazine
Posted: June 3, 2011
Updated: September 26, 2011 

Editor’s Note: Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan activist and 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away on September 25. In this essay from her book...

September 26, 2011
United Nations Environment Programme

Nairobi - Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and patron of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, has died in Nairobi. She was 71 years old.

Professor Maathai was one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners...