A letter released on October 25, 2011 titled “Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change” is worth reading. Excerpts appear in Canada’s Embassy magazine here. A PDF of the entire text can be downloaded from the national IPL website here. (Click on “read this important statement” just below the paragraph announcing the letter.)
The first paragraph states
“We, representatives of Canadian faith communities, are united in our conviction that the growing crisis of climate change needs to be met by solutions that draw upon the moral and spiritual resources of the world’s religious traditions. We recognize that at its root the unprecedented human contribution to climate change is symptomatic of a spiritual deficit: excessive self-interest, destructive competition, and greed have given rise to unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. Humanity’s relationship with the environment has become distorted by actions that compromise the welfare of future generations of life.”
Paragraph 4 is my favorite as an inspiration for both speech and action by individuals, voices of faith, and communities of faith in our wider communities.
“All religious traditions uphold the nobility of the human spirit, calling us to seek moderation and service to the common good. Such a vision empowers individuals to take responsibility for relationships with each other and our planet. Indeed, our everyday choices about food, transportation, clothing and entertainment are all practical expressions of what we value. At the same time, disconnections between our professed beliefs and our daily actions indicate our need for personal and collective awareness and transformation. We need to seek coherence between our beliefs and our actions, so that our lives and consumption habits reflect our relationship with the rest of humanity and the Earth itself. “
Which parts speak to you? Please use the comments to lead us to the writings within your own denomination or tradition that have inspired you to act on energy use and climate change!