How faith-based organizations are restoring nature

By Iyad Abumoghli
United Nations Environment Program
February 15, 2021

Many ecosystems around the world, from forests to coral reefs, are in decline, victims of pollution, climate change and resource extraction.

But faith-based organizations are increasingly stepping in to help repair these natural spaces. In many cases, religious leaders have become environmental influencers, championing nature-based solutions that experts say are crucial to saving the ecosystems that underpin human society.

Faith communities – motivated by spiritual values and driven by an ethical responsibility – wield enormous social and political influence when it comes to promoting action to restore ecosystems,” says Iyad Abumoghli, Director of the Faith for Earth Initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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