URI and UNEP Partner for April 8 & 9 Training Event With Faith Leaders and Community Members

7 April 2021, 9:56 AM

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During this time of climate emergency, the URI network is partnering with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to make a change.

Faith Leaders and Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) are pivotal in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because of their ability to provide immediate, on-the-ground care and support to people. They can engender the trust of their communities and inspire action that brings social change and transformation to villages and cities around the globe.

Within this context, URI is partnering with the Faith for Earth Initiative (a UNEP initiative) and other local entities to build the capacities and network of Faith Leaders and community members to respond quickly and effectively to the climate crisis.

On April 8 and 9, the Faith for Earth Councillor Online Convening & Training Workshop is commencing in Delhi, India, where there is a growing awareness in India of biodiversity loss and grave concerns regarding water, soil integrity, and the roles humans play in reversing global warming. The Faith for Earth Initiative project will also take place in Bosnia and Lebanon later this year. The four-month project started in February 2021 and is currently on its third phase, Convening & Training.


The April 8 and 9 event features Faith Leaders and expert voices from around the world, including:

Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli

Founder and director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Faith for Earth Initiative

 

H.H Pujya Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudevji

Founder, Isha Foundation

 

H.H Pujya Radhanath Swami ji

Spiritual Teacher, Isckon-Eco Village

 

H.H Pujya Swami Chidananad Saraswatiji

President, Parmarth Niketan, Chair Global Interfaith Wash Alliance

 

Kamlesh D. Patel, Daaji

Founder and first President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission

 

Swamini Adityananda Saraswati

URI Interim Executive Director

 

  Atul Bagai

Head of the UN Environment Programme's India Office

 

Gayatri Raghwa

UN Environment Education Consultant, FBO Coordinator for UNEP India

 

Bhavya Srivastava

Head of Religion World

 

Chantal Elkin

Head of the Beliefs & Values Programme at WWF, Society for Conservation Biology 

and  President, Religion & Conservation Biology Working Group

 

 Pinaki Das Gupta

Secretary, Shristi

 

Swami Sachchidanand Acharya

Bishnoi Samaj

 

Dr. A.K Merchant

National Trustee & Secretary, Temple of Understanding India Foundation & National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India

 

Ravneet Singh

Project Manager (South Asia), EcoSikh

 

Shri Lokesh Kumar Sharma

Founder, Aham Brahmasmi

 

Gayatri Raghwa

UN Environment Education Consultant, FBO Coordinator UNEP India

 

Rev. Merin Mathew

Delhi Diocese, Faculty, Dharma, Jyoti Vidya Peeth

 

Basit Jamal

Founder Brotherhood of Humanity

 

 Dr. Barbara Maas

Secretary for Environment and Conservation, International Buddhist Confederation
 

Prof. Pankaj Jain

Professor and Head, Indic Studies Initiative, FLAME University

 

Subhi Dhupar

Regional Coordinator for URI Afghanistan and India, North Zone

 

Rev. Lauren Van Ham

URI Climate Action Coordinator


Trainers and Facilitators for the Faith for Earth Councillor Online Convening & Training Workshop include:

 

Gayatri Raghwa

UN Environment Education Consultant, FBO Coordinator UNEP India

 

Bhawana Luthra

Executive Director LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International

 

Bhavya Srivastava

Head, Religion World

 

Rev. Lauren Van Ham

URI Climate Action Coordinator

 

Subhi Dhupar

Regional Coordinator for URI Afghanistan and India, North Zone

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