Environment

We unite to heal and protect the Earth. URI works to prevent conflicts that arise from a scarcity of shared resources.
Blantyre CC cleans up Malawi township

By uniting to address threats to our shared ecosystem, we can find literal common ground, since every member of every faith tradition depends on necessities like clean water and access to natural resources to survive.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • During this time of climate emergency, the URI network is stepping up to make a change. URI is partnering with the Faith for Earth Initiative (UNEP) and other local entities to equip Faith Leaders and community members to respond quickly and effectively to the climate crisis. The project will take place in India, Bosnia, and Lebanon in 2021.
  • In the USA, California Interfaith Power and Light CC makes energy and water conservation improvements to their houses of worship, installing solar panels, holding training programs for other congregations, and lobbying state and local governments for stronger climate policies and investments in renewable energy.
  • Forward in Action for Conservation of Indigenous Species (FACIS) introduced a new strategy of bringing people of different faiths to work together to produce organic food through a sustainable farming called "Biointensive agriculture". In the spirit of togetherness, Muslims and Christians in northern Nigeria work together on the same farmland to learn new but simple, eco-friendly methods of farming while also nurturing relationships. So people who were perceived enemies of one another are now friends working to produce organic food to fight hunger and poverty.
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Stories

Water: Divine Gift, Human Right, Common Good

On March 22 nd with was held the Symposium Water: Divine Gift, Human Right, Common Good. The goal was to bring light on the issue of water and how the current system deals with this element so basic and necessary for the survival of life on the planet.  At the symposium, in which our Trustee Salette, from CC Brasília participated in the organization of the event, the spiritual characteristic of Water was addressed.  

Second Wave of the COVID Epidemic: no vaccines and no health for all

Within the framework of the International Day of Human Fraternity proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Circle of Multiple Cooperation "Latin American Interreligious Forum on Human Rights" held a meeting to reflect on the Latin American situation regarding the second wave of the COVID pandemic that has uncovered in a crude and real way, the lack of human fraternity due to the terrible health situation and the lack of access to health rights.