The Inclusive Edge: Tapping into the Faith Dimension to Accelerate Nature Actions for a Sustainable Future
With the rapid advancement in the global environmental crisis at an unprecedented rate, URI along with UNEP, recently undertook an initiative with Faith-Based Organizations and interfaith platforms to spread mass awareness on environmental emergencies that our human race is confronted with. On September 10 2020, we revisited the faith dimension to accelerate nature-based actions for a sustainable future, over a dialogue with eminent faith leaders titled “The Inclusive Edge, Tapping into the Faith Dimension to Accelerate Nature Actions for a Sustainable Future.” The event was moderated by Dia Mirza (Actor, Producer and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador), and was glorified with the presence of Joyce Msuya (Deputy Executive Director UNEP) and esteemed faith leaders from India. The event was overwhelmingly received with over 12000 views from all over the world through various social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The encouragement and support of thousands of people through media engagement on URI platforms and its valuable partners UNEP, Esteemed Faith Leaders, Religion World and Global Ambassador Dia Mirza has reinforced and reiterated the hope that together we all can create a stronger culture of peace, justice and healing for all, especially our Mother Earth.
We are grateful to all our Panel members, UNEP and Religion World for their special support and cooperation in making this event a grand success.
The first panel of the discussion titled, ‘Bringing Faith and Environment for a better tomorrow’, consisted of esteemed dignitaries – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sister B.K. Shivani Ji, H.H. Radhanath Swami Ji and Sadhguru Ji, who affirmed the pivotal role played by faith leaders and faith-based organizations on promoting innovative nature-based solutions and the journey of FBOs engaging with environmental emergencies at a global scale. The second panel of the discussion titled, ‘Interfaith in action: translating religious values into innovative nature-based solutions’ highlighted the need for creating awareness about sustainable patterns of consumption and production to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The panel included eminent dignitaries – Rev. K. Reuben Mark, Dr. Rajwant Singh, Haji Syed Salman Chishty and Atmarpit Nemji on behalf of Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai.
Together, the dynamic group of leaders formulated innovative nature-based solutions to promote inclusive, green and transformative development through adopting value and faith-based lifestyles and behaviours.