The Faith for the Climate Network was founded in 2014 to help organise the Pilgrimage to Paris at the time of the Paris Conference of the Parties on Climate Change.
Our events bring together Bishops, Rabbis, Imams and people of all faiths to provide thought leadership and to help equip faith communities to respond to the challenge of climate change.
Our first Interfaith Symposium was held at St John's Waterloo in 2016, and was covered by both The New Statesman " Meet the Interfaith Environmentalists " and The Church Times "Interfaith climate activists are urged to unite for their cause ,"
Our second Symposium was held in February 2018 at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue , St John's Wood, at which Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change spoke . A participant commented “It was inspiring and encouraging seeing people from different faiths come together with a shared concern for the planet”
On 26th June 2019, Faith for the Climate helped organise the faith and interfaith events ahead of the Time is Now - the largest ever mass lobby of Parliament.
400 people attended workshops equipping people of faith for climate action at St Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square, and 1,000 people of faith joined U.K. leaders from many faiths on an interfaith Walk of Witness along Whitehall, to an inspirational and packed Speaker Event at Church House addressed by Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD, Qari Asim MBE, Chair of MINAB, former Archbishop Lord Rowan Williams, Quaker school striker Anya Nanning Ramamurthy, Buddhist teacher Vishvapani, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.
In May 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic-related movement restrictions, we began offering a series of online webinars. Please visit our "Events" section to view recordings of past webinars and to register for forthcoming sessions. These webinars are also part of our movement-building work ahead of COP26 (see below for more information).
Our movement-building efforts include supporting and promoting a range of faith-based and non-faith climate actions and campaigns. In June 2020, we mobilised multifaith support for the Climate Coalition's hugely successful virtual lobby of MPs for a green recovery, #TheTimeIsNow. In July 2020, we mobilised multi-faith endorsement for a call to action for London Climate Action Week, spearheaded by the Church of England. Our work on this call to action was shared widely on Twitter.
We are part of a coalition of UK-based faith groups preparing for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow, 1-12 November 2021. Together with the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, we convene the COP Faith Task Group to ensure that diverse faith groups can contribute meaningfully to climate action before, during and after COP26. As part of this work, we have developed some core advocacy principles for people of faith who are focusing on climate action around and beyond the United Nations conferences. Please feel free to share these with your own faith communities and your wider networks - we'd also love for you to connect with us if you'd like to know more.
We are members of the Climate Coalition, and support and encourage people of faith to participate in the two main weeks of action organised by the Climate Coalition each year, Show the Love and Speak Up.
In 2019 we partnered with The Climate Coalition and members to produce faith-based resources for the first time for Show the Love 2019 , enabling much greater grassroots faith participation in that UK-wide week of action than in previous years, and gaining public endorsement of Show the Love from faith leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.
For 2020 we've worked with Faith for the Climate Members to produce seven new Faith Resources, updated with all the new actions for this year's campaigns. Please do share and use these with your faith communities - and please tweet using the hashtags so we can follow all the wonderful faith based Show the Love actions taking place.
First, network members and partners see a unique and precious role for the Faith for the Climate network, both in encouraging, equipping and supporting one another in climate work within and across our faith traditions, and in the power of faith actors speaking together on the urgency and moral imperative of climate action.
Second, network members and partners want us to reach out to, engage with and support smaller faith communities to make their unique contribution to the network and to the wider climate movement, to enable the sharing of learning and resources between faiths, and to assist with the development of resources tailored to and appropriate to each specific faith tradition.
Third, members and partners want us to take a greater role in advocacy, both equipping faith communities and organisations to engage their own leaders, and engaging directly with national faith leaders, to gain greater public, media and political awareness of faith based action on climate
Fourth, there was strong support for the network to operate nationally, not just in London, by having more regional events and presence