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Bristol Faith Commitments

The Shinto of Japan are building a wall of sustainable forest, as a buffer to tsunamis

Faith groups from 24 traditions from around the world have launched a raft of 10-year pledges to develop micro credit schemes for the poor, increase access to education, plant trees, invest in clean energy and green pilgrimage. See below for some examples.

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You can download the 230-page Bristol Commitments book which contains 23 of the 24 plans launched in Bristol. Alternatively, download individual faith plans here.

Examples of faith commitments

  • Buddhist organisation, the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, is launching a range of initiatives to help poor people, including micro-finance, micro-credit and livelihoods support programmes.
    SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

  • The Shinto of Japan are building the Great Forest Wall, a five-metre high embankment retained by sustainable forest as a buffer against future tsunamis.
    SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • The Church of England is disinvesting from specific segments of the fossil fuel industry and companies that derive more than 10% of their revenues from the extraction of oil sands or thermal coal.
    SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

  • Many faiths, including the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and the Church of Uganda, are training people in faith-based forms of climate-smart, sustainable agriculture such as Farming God’s Way (Christian) and Islamic Farming (Muslim).
    SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture.

    Christian and Muslim faith groups are promoting faith-based approaches to conservation agriculture.
  • Many faiths, including Muslims in Uganda, the Catholic Church in Kenya and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, are planting trees to restore lost forest cover.
    SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.

  • Muslims in Indonesia are raising awareness among the annual 280,000 Indonesian pilgrims to Mecca to transform the Hajj into a green pilgrimage.
    SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  • Led by the Bhumi Project (a worldwide Hindu response to climate change), Hindus are developing a global network of Hindu women, including businesswomen, politicians, scientists, and religious leaders, to be role models for young women and girls.
    SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

    Hindus are developing a global network of Hindu women to be role models for girls.
  • The Jesuits provide education to 175 million refugees and internally displaced people, as well as to millions of poor people. It is stepping up its work in this area.
    SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

  • American Quakers are working with marginalised constituencies, particularly where exclusion or oppression exist along dimensions such as ethnicity, race, gender, class, religion, sexual identity, age, physical disability, or ideology.
    SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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