Joining In Great Leadership On Climate Change

Momentum is building in the lead-up to the UN climate talks in Paris that begin on 30 November 2015 and are crucial to our future.

What – and who – will cause the tipping point that will lead to the bold decisions we need being taken before it is too late?

It may well be come from sleeping giants.

Picture of delegates at Islamic International Climate Change Symposium, Istanbul, 17-18 August 2015

International Climate Change Symposium 17-18 August 2015, CC BY Islamic Relief

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One Simple Gesture Can Make A World Of Difference

Palm of hand with smiley on it

Image: Ben Smith, Flickr CC-BY-SA 2.0

If you live in the country or a small town, you almost certainly will notice something when you visit a big city: people don’t smile or greet you as you walk past.

If you live in a big city, chances are that you won’t even notice that it’s missing.

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Fasting For Ramadan, Fasting For The Climate

Gold crescent and finial

Image by edward musiak, Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In my last post I asked ‘What does religion have to do with sustainability?

As I write this, Muslims around the world are currently fasting during the day as a major part of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

On this first day of the month, people around the world – not just Muslims – are also fasting: fasting Continue reading

What Does Religion Have To Do With Living Sustainably?

Circle containing symbols of major religions within different coloured circles

Image by vaXzine, Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In our current world we see a lot of violence and environmental destruction. Much of this is done in the guise of following religious teachings. Conflict between religious groups tends to highlight perceived differences between them.

And yet we have more in common than we have differences between us.

We all live on – and share – the one finite planet.

We are all part of, and dependent upon, the Earth’s ecosystems. We are not separate from them. All Continue reading

Minimising Risks To Survival: Changes Needed On Climate Change

Planet Earth with a fever, held in handsHave you ever had seen one of those movies where the hero is trapped, facing what looks to be certain death?  Perhaps they have trapped in a secret chamber with apparently no way out when suddenly water starts pouring in.  Or maybe they have been bound in chains, attached to a heavy weight and tossed into the ocean.  Or then there’s that old favourite where the villain locks them onto a conveyor belt and leaves them to the machinations that will lead them to Continue reading