Leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths will be convening this morning in Jerusalem to speak out about climate change at an Interfaith Climate Change Forum. Current environmental conditions in the Holy Land – including drought, the recent fires in northern Israel, dried up rivers, and environmental changes – have spurred the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL) to recently endorse a Holy Land Declaration on Climate Change, which articulates a religious call to action against climate change. Now religious leaders from the three Abrahamic faiths will be meeting to discuss the correlations between their religious and environmental values.
The panelists are all members of the CRIHL and include: His Beatitude Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, Deputy Minister of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Religious Affairs Haj Salah Zuheika, and American Jewish Committee International Director of Interreligious Affairs Rabbi David Rosen.
During the hour-long forum, panelists will discuss the following questions:
- What inspiration do you take from your religious tradition in relation to climate change?
- What is the value of religious leaders in the Holy Land working together on environmental issues?
- What specific practices within your religious tradition do you think are relevant for adherents of your religion to more effectively address climate change?
The event also marks the launch of the new Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, which will promote the cooperation and training of various religious leaders, teachers, and seminary students on environmental matters.
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