People

Steering Group

Canon Giles Goddard is Vicar of St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. St John’s hosts the Waterloo Festival and is closely involved in the South Bank arts scene, and is noted for its work on climate change, inclusion and interfaith. Giles is a member of the Church of England’s General Synod and the Environment Working Group. His book, “Space for Grace – creating inclusive churches” was published by Canterbury Press. Previously he worked in social housing and at the John Lewis Partnership.

Maria Elena Arana works at CAFOD, the Catholic agency for Overseas Development, part of the Caritas Federation, one of the largest aid networks in the world working in 165 countries. Maria Elena was born in Chihuahua, Mexico but grew up outside of New York City. For the last 28 years, her work life has spilled over into the rest of her life as she has worked for CAFOD as the outreach campaign manager mainly involved with overseas partners, volunteers, regional staff, and UK allies especially Catholic, interfaith and green networks. She is also the livesimply Award Coordinator which is the Catholic parallel scheme to Eco Church and Eco Synagogue.

Jamie Cresswell is a member of the Soka Gakkai International-UK and has practised Buddhism for nearly 30 years. His Buddhist background includes a degree in Buddhist studies and practice and study in many traditions and schools.

Jamie is the Director of the Centre for Applied Buddhism, President of the European Buddhist Union, a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders and chairman for Religions for Peace UK. In his spare time Jamie sings with a male voice choir, attempts to compose music and walks in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

Luke Harman is a campaigner and activist, passionate about people-powered change. Luke has campaigned professionally at Christian Aid since 2011, leading a team developing engagement strategies and campaign tactics on tax and climate justice. Over the past 3 years, he has managed Christian Aid’s campaigns team and is driving a shift towards a movement building approach.

Luke is vice-chair of the Jubilee Debt Campaign and has helped lead trustees through a change in governance structures. Luke is an avid runner (2 marathons so far!), walker and cyclists who enjoys the restorative power of being in nature.

Rabbi Natan Levy received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Riskin in 2006. Rabbi Levy was the environmental liaison to the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, and the former interfaith Consultant to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and a University Chaplain to Bristol University. Natan is the co-author of “Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims.” He holds a Master of Arts in Jewish studies from King’s College, London, and is pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University.

Susanna runs the sustainability programme at FWCC, the world Quaker body. She coordinates sustainability action with Quakers around the world and represents Quakers both at international and local interfaith events. Prior to this she worked at the sustainability consultancy the Carbon Trust; the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association; and with the Faith & Belief Forum (formerly Three Faiths Forum) in London. She attends Tottenham Quaker Meeting in North London.

Gopal Patel serves as Director of the Bhumi Project, a joint-initiative of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and GreenFaith.

The Bhumi Project works with Hindu communities internationally to address global environmental concerns, such as climate change. Over the past 10 years the Bhumi Project has established itself as the leading international Hindu voice on global environmental concerns. Campaigns and work undertaken includes greening Hindu temples, wildlife conservation, and training young people for climate action.

Gopal has been invited to speak at the White House, UN Headquarters in New York, the British House of Lords, and has been honoured for his work by Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. He currently serves on the multi-faith Advisory Council of the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and as Advisor to the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Gopal is a graduate of King’s College, London, and has spent time living in Hindu ashrams in India and England. He is currently based in New York City.

Neville had a career in accountancy where he became senior partner at his firm of Chartered Accountants. He has had a lifetime involvement in the leadership of The Movement for Reform Judaism, in the Youth Movement, the foundation of Finchley Reform Synagogue, and as Chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism. As Chair he represented the Reform Movement at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, where he founded the Board's Social Action Group focussing on environmental issues.

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Maria Zafar is the Campaigns and Community mobilisation Coordinator at Islamic Relief UK. Islamic Relief UK recognises climate change as one of the greatest moral, social and environmental issues facing humanity. Inspired by Islamic teachings on justice and stewardship, Islamic Relief UK helps communities become more resilient to climate change, improve learning on environmental issues among staff and supporters, aim to reduce our carbon footprint and undertake advocacy to promote substantial reductions in greenhouse gases.

Team

Lizzie worked in the House of Commons, the European Parliament, and in the voluntary sector, before joining the Home Office, where she led teams working on anti-social behaviour, women offenders, and restorative justice. Lizzie was Director of the Restorative Justice Council from 2009-13, and joined Search for Common Ground as their UK Director in 2014. Alongside that role, in 2017 Lizzie worked with Rabbi Jeffrey Newman to set up Jewish Action on Climate Change, and in 2018 she became the first Network Co-ordinator for Faith for the Climate. Lizzie is a GreenFaith Fellow. 

Kamran serves as Communications and Capacity Building lead for Faith For The Climate. A strong advocate of empowering communities to guide behavioural change to promote the message of environment and sustainability. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability (Strategy & Management), is a chartered environmentalist, and a full member of the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).

Kamran holds the sustainability portfolio for the Bahu Trust and is Climate Change Advisor to the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB).

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