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November 3, 2009
Full title: ‘You Can – and Do – Inspire People to Change,’ Secretary-General says, Encouraging Summit of Religious, Secular Leaders on Climate Change to ‘Make Your Voices Heard’
United Nations

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s speech, as prepared for delivery, to a Summit of Religious and Secular Leaders on Climate Change, in London...

November 2, 2009
By The Rev. Bud Heckman
The Courier-Journal

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, standing before the recent Great Mississippi River Symposium in New Orleans, urged people of faith to protect the earth with earnestness. He said, “Our successes, our failures, personal and collective, determine the lives of billions. Our decisions, personal and...

November 2, 2009
The Climate Institute

A single prophetic stance unified leaders from six different religious traditions when they met with Penny Wong on October 27th. With the negotiations in Copenhagen around the corner, they advocated that Australia adopt courageous, ambitious targets for the sake of the world’s poor and for future generations.

November 2, 2009
By Julia Duin
The Washington Times

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of the world’s 250 million to 300 million Orthodox Christians, arrived in Washington on Sunday night bearing the standard as the world’s foremost religious leader on environmental issues.

But one of his first tasks in the areawill be a visit to a Greek Orthodox...

November 2, 2009
Agence France-Presse

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 ecumenical gathering at the home of Queen Elizabeth II, 22 miles west of London, is being co-staged by the United Nations and Prince Philip...

October 31, 2009
Punjab Newsline Network

NEW YORK: Sikh environmental activists Baba Sewa Singh and Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal will be part of what has been called “the biggest civil society movement on climate change in history”… Leaders from nine of the world’s major faiths – Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism and Sikhism – will gather...

October 30, 2009
By Jenna Lyle
Christian Today

Faith leaders have issued a first of its kind statement on climate change in which they recognise “unequivocally that there is a moral imperative to tackle the causes of global warming”.

The statement was issued following a historic meeting between faith leaders at the official residence of the Archbishop...

October 29, 2009
South Asia Mail

Chennai: Church of South India (CSI) Synod Ecological Concerns Committee (SECC) strongly protests against the decision of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), in approving the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) Bt brinjal. The CSI SECC has the opinion that the GEAC had “mindlessly” gone ahead and approved Bt Brinjal...

Full Title: Nine Faiths, One Vegan Lunch at Windsor Castle
On the Agenda — The Largest-Ever Commitment To Take Environmental Action

October 27, 2009
By Leah Koenig
Jewish Daily Forward

October 27, 2009
Baha’i World News Service

NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community today announced that it has become a partner in a United Nations-sponsored program to promote “generational change” to address climate change and environmental sustainability.

The program, which is co-sponsored by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the United Nations...