All faiths share a passionate concern for the Earth, but many of the smaller faith communities in the U.K. lack resources to support the climate concern and action of their communities. For this reason we’re delighted to partner with Religions for Peace UK to build the capacity of some of the smaller faith communities in the U.K.
In the first year of this programme we are working with the Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim communities, with four respected partner/member organisations already doing fantastic work on these issues. The work with each organisation and community will look and feel different, depending on the needs of and with actions owned by that community.
EcoSikh is a response from the Sikh community to the threats of climate change and the deterioration of the natural environment. EcoSikh connects Sikh values, beliefs, and institutions to the most important environmental issues. They draw on the rich tradition of the Sikh Gurus and the Khalsa Panth to shape their behaviour and outlook of Sikhs and the world.
As part of the capacity building programme, EcoSikh will seek registration and charitable status in the UK, develop consultation workshops in Birmingham and Southall, Sikh climate change resources and UK focussed website pieces, and create a longer term strategy to engage Gurdwaras.
The Bhumi Project is a platform and network organisation to encourage Hindus to take better care of the environment. It is a joint initiative of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the US-based NGO GreenFaith. Over the past 10 years the Bhumi Project has established itself as the leading international Hindu voice on global environmental concerns. It has trained young Hindu climate leaders, issued the Hindu Declaration on Climate Change, and organised interfaith events in the UK, US and in India.
Through this programme, the Bhumi Project will convene a national meeting of Hindu leaders and organisations, together create a road map for the next 2 years, and devise a strategy to implement it. They will also run 1-day climate change workshops at 4-5 Hindu temples/centres in the UK.
Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) is a Buddhist activist network engaged in reflection and action on the climate crisis. Initiated in 2013 by Gaia House Dharma teachers, staff and friends, it provides a forum for the wider sangha to discuss a Buddhist response to the climate crisis. Members are engaged in DANCE actions and work with other groups in support or direct action roles, with Extinction Rebellion, the Ende Galende coal-mine in Germany, the anti-fracking campaign in the UK and the Barclays Bank campaign. The network serves as a support and discussion forum, including opportunities to voice emotional responses to the environmental crisis for Buddhists and non-Buddhists.
Through this programme, DANCE, with the Network for Buddhist Organisations (NBO) will develop a Buddhist Climate Action Toolkit and exhibition to engage the Buddhist community on climate awareness, develop outreach work among Buddhist communities, with events and training to promote climate action.
The Bahu Trust is a Muslim organisation based in Birmingham and has a network of 22 mosques around the country. The Bahu Trust has been using a faith based approach locally on promoting environmental sustainability amongst its mosque users, creating awareness on climate change, renewable energy, protection natural resources, waste management and sustainable living.
Through this programme, the Bahu Trust will work with the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) to expand awareness among national faith leaders and in mosques of climate change issues, and to provide awareness building workshops, climate change resources and educational material.