This issue of the Journal of InterReligious Studies focuses on interfaith/multifaith environmental activism and teachings. It was curated by the Rev. Fletcher Harper (GreenFaith), with whom we have partnered on several faith and climate projects.
Our article, “Communicating with Religious Communities on Climate Change: Research Overview and Emergent Narratives” presents language that works across faiths to engage people on climate change, and is based on our recent report.
The excerpt below of the article highlights some of the main reasons why people of faith should be leading on the issue of climate change and why, over time, faith values could become a key determinant in mobilizing public concern.
"The primary reason, as will be discussed below, is that climate change is one of the key moral issues of our time, having direct impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable people, and future generations. It is incumbent upon people of faith to recognize its importance and be consistent with their moral teachings on these topics.
Second, given that attitudes to climate change are determined by values, identity, and socially-transferred narratives, faith provides an opportunity for reframing climate change around a set of common ethical values that can be shared across political and cultural boundaries.
Finally, seen from the perspective of political expediency, it is essential that faith communities, arguably the largest and most successful social institutions in the world, be fully involved and mobilized. Faith groups have played a central role in previous movements for progressive change, and it is hard to imagine how humanity could generate sufficient momentum for change without them being fully involved."