Interfaith Eco Conferences

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) has been involved in organizing, in conjunction with our partners, three interfaith environmental conferences. The events have provided an opportunity for religious leaders to speak out on environmental sustainability, and a forum for faith members to participate in interactive seminars on faith and ecology.

Two of the conferences were held in Jerusalem, with some 250 Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Baha’i participating, together with religious leaders. The conferences received broad media coverage in over 50 international media outlets. The third event was held in Durban, South Africa.

Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy and seminary students convened around a shared vision of ecological sustainability at the Faith and Ecology Conference in Jerusalem in October 2014. The conference educated over 100 clergy, seminary students, and others and provided tools and inspiration to expand faith-based environmental teaching and action. Moving one step beyond previous ICSD conferences, this daylong event incorporated action planning sessions for each participating institution to return home with plans to “green” their places of study and worship and continue collaborating across religions to create a more sustainable Holy Land. 

This event was part of the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative, which brings faith and science leaders together to catalyze shifts in society to address climate change. It is part of a series of events in late 2014 taking place on three continents in New York, Jerusalem, and Lima.

To read more about the 2012 conference, click here.

In July, 2011, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development put on the Interfaith Eco Forum in Jerusalem. This Forum was the culmination of The Holy Land Climate Change Declaration Project, which successfully brought together religious leaders in the Holy Land to endorse a joint statement on climate change. In April, 2011, the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL), representing the high religious authorities of the Holy Land, endorsed the Declaration. The Declaration articulates a religious call for action to address climate change from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders in the Holy Land. The Holy Land Climate Change Declaration Project worked to promote a multiplier effect for action on climate change by leveraging the moral authority of religious leaders in the Holy Land. It also advanced coexistence in the Holy Land by creating an example of interfaith cooperation on an area of joint concern.