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Sharing Care of the Earth: Science - Faith - Action

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  • Sat 29 Aug ’15, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Te Waiora Chaplaincy Centre, Colombo Rd, Massey University, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Registration: $25.00

Now is the time for action to prevent global disaster triggered by Climate Change and other consequences of our modern civilisation. The World's great Faiths share a recognition that human beings have a sacred responsibility to care for the Earth, its people and all living things. Now is the time for faith communities to share their care of the Earth and take action together. This Regional Interfaith Forum will examine the 'why' and 'how' of this action.

Science: Keynote Speaker, Dr Kevin Tate, a global change expert, who has provided advice to national and international policy makers, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will set the scene by describing the challenges that have been identified by global science.

Faith: A panel of speakers from Maori, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Baha’i traditions led by leading Muslim Dr Anwar Ghani, will draw together the common threads of the perspectives that different faiths take towards care of the Earth.

Action: A series of concurrent workshops led by experts in their fields will examine key issues: (1)
Reversing Environmental Degradation; (2) Climate Change - energy, adaptation & resilience; (3) Adaptation (Sustaining Life Support Systems); (4) Environmental Justice; (5) Natural Capital (the economics of sustainable resources). Each workshop will identify potential practical initiatives that faith communities could take individually or together, locally, nationally or internationally as a response to their commitment to care of the Earth.

A final session, chaired by Jill White, will share these ideas amongst all participants and document workable suggestions. Members of Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare Force Wing will be present to share their experience of mass interfaith environmental action in communities throughout New Zealand.

Cost of full day Registration $25 (includes lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments)

For further information and to register contact Bob Skipp bob_skipp@xtra.co.nz or Mary Eastham maryeastham@icloud.com

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