About the Faith Plans
Faith groups are developing Plans looking at how they can use their assets, resources and influence to drive practical action on the environment over the next seven to 10 years.
This initiative is inspired by the success of the original 2009 Faith Commitments programme which resulted in more than 60 plans that have profoundly shaped the faiths' response to key environmental issues over the last decade.
I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si', #14
What is involved in the Plans?
The Faith Plans programme has identified Seven Key Areas where religions can have a significant impact on the environment through their resources and traditions. These range from their buildings, schools, investments and youth groups to their land, purchasing power, influence and advocacy – and, of course, their wisdom. Each faith decides which areas apply to their own structure and outreach, and then plans how they will drive practical action on the environment.
Scope and timing of the Faith Plans
The Plans will be announced later this year, before the UN's COP26 Climate Conference which will be held in Glasgow, UK, in November 2021. They will be implemented by the different faith groups over the next seven to 10 years, depending on each group's timescale. Dozens of faiths have signed up to develop a Plan and all major faith traditions are involved, as well as key interfaith groups. This is the biggest environmental initiative ever launched by the faiths.
Background to the
The Faith Plans build on the success of the original 2009 Faith Commitments which led to more than 60 Plans developed by faiths and faith-based organisations that have profoundly shaped the faiths' response to key environmental issues. This started with 31 Plans launched at Windsor Castle in 2009 by HRH Prince Philip and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with 32 more launched shortly afterwards, including 28 Plans from faith groups in sub-Saharan Africa.
Why should faiths get involved?
Religions are key stakeholders in the planet. More than 80% of the world's population belongs to a religion and faith groups own large areas of land, manage many buildings and run a significant proportion of the world's schools, clinics and hospitals. And of course, they have huge influence as well as centuries of wisdom to bring to bear on all of these crises. All of this means that the faiths are uniquely placed to drive environmental action for people and planet.
'I was part of the generation that made the choice – the horrendous strategic blunder – of situating ourselves outside the institutions of faith'
Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club
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