ARC-UN: Faiths' Long Term Commitments for a Living Planet
Latest list of over 50 long term faith commitments.
In November 2009, at Windsor Castle, ARC and the UNDP joined with 31 faith traditions to launch and celebrate their Long Term Commitments for a Living Planet. The meeting was hosted by HRH The Prince Philip and attended by HE The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in advance of the Copenhagen summit on Climate Change.
Link here and here for more information about the Windsor event.
Further commitments were made after that event with two more groups (Mongolian Buddhists and the Coptic Orthodox Church) presenting plans at an event in Assisi, Italy in 2011 and 27 groups from sub-Saharan Africa presented theirs at the 'Many Heavens, One Earth, Our Continent' event in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012.
You can read more about the Nairobi 2012 event and the African faith commitments here and you can download the conference booklet (including summaries of all the long term commitments presented) by clicking here.
Follow this link to learn more about how your community can, over the next seven years or so, make an action plan to protect the living planet.
Latest Guidelines to the Long Term Commitments.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Why faiths have the power to shape future generations.
"The world's faiths joined together in this cause - if viewed in terms of sheer numbers of people - could become the planet's largest civil society movement for change. With their unparalleled presence throughout the world, the world's religions could be the decisive force that helps top the scales in favor of a world of climate safety and justice for future generations... this event will be one for the history books," UNDP Assistant Secretary-General Olav Kjorven.
"Those who would transform a nation or the world cannot do so by breeding and captaining discontent or by demonstrating reasonableness and desirability of the intended changes or by coercing people into a new way of life. They must know how to kindle and fan an extravagant hope."
Eric Hoeffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, New York, 1951, p 18.