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. A conference is planned for 2013, co-organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
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.