The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and its Sustainibility Center in Bonn is a member of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD). During the United Nations Environment Assembly 5.2 (UNEA) in Nairobi members of PARD presented how religious organisations work to protect the environment.

From the press release by PARD:

March 2, 2022, members of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) The event took place within the framework of the United Nations Environment Assembly 5.2 (UNEA), facilitated by the UN’s Faith for Earth (UNFE) initiative.

Peter Prove opened the March 2, 2022 panel titled: The Power of Faith Partnerships to Safeguard Nature: PaRD, a case in point. Prove said PaRD is a vital part of the broader collaboration for confronting the

“greatest challenge of any generation: that of promoting sustainable and inclusive development in a world facing an accelerating climate catastrophe.”

Prove, one of PaRD’s co-chairs, and moderators Joan Okitoi-Heisig (representing the WEA Sustainability Center) and Dinesh Suna, panellists Jean F. Duff, Prof Katherine Marshall, Archbishop Thomas Schirrmacher, Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp and Sadhvi Saraswati shared frameworks for success and discussed specific challenges in slowing climate change from their organisations’ perspectives during the online event.

Archbishop Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), joined from the UNEA in Nairobi and began the panel by describing the link between all people and all religions. The archbishop spoke of how inter-religious cooperation can be approached from different levels in different situations. In some communities, it is already at a grassroots level, while in other cases, agreements on the global level help inspire cooperation at lower levels. Schirrmacher sees the earth as a home where solutions cannot be compartmentalised.

“Only fixing one room will not stop the rain from coming in through the roof at wintertime,” he said.

You can find the full press release here and as pdf here.


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