The United Nations Environment Programme compiled a list of Interfaith responses to the outbreak of COVID-19, including statements from the Berkley Center, Oxford, and the World Evangelical Alliance. The UN recognizes faith organizations as leaders in navigating the impacts of COVID-19 and made this list to recognize these emerging responses.
As Earth Day turns 50 this year, The Faith for Earth Initiative will be hosting a workshop in collaboration with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. The conversation will be about faith communities and their role in combating the environmental crisis while maintaining religious traditions. This event will be held over the communication program Zoom.
The Faith for Earth Initiative held a learning exchange workshop to open a conversation between 43 representatives from faith based organizations, governments, and the United Nations on the topic of the environment and faith. The three day workshop had the goal of giving leaders the resources to turn goals into environmental actions through a series of programs designed around youth and women, growing trees, and governance and policy. On the last day of the project, 5 trees were planted to symbolize the 5 continents involved coming together.
An event organized by the United Nations Environment Progamme and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency led a digital conference to discuss innovation to combat the environmental crisis in light of the COVID-19. The Faith for Earth Initiative calls for interfaith collaboration to combat environment problems. In the midst of a global crisis, the UN encourages this time to be used for innovation and educational progression. This quote from Iyad Abumoghi summarizes the mission:
“'The coronavirus pandemic is focusing hearts and minds, says the director of Faith for Earth, Iyad Abumoghli. “Faith for Earth is mobilizing youth, the leaders of faith-based organizations, as well as scientists and theologians to work together for innovative change to speed up sustainable development.'”