Quakers and UN team up for multi-faith event on climate change

By staff writers
October 22, 2009

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Olav Kjørven and leading religious and scientific figures are to join people of all faiths at a major London event in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate conference.

Hosted by the Quakers, the event will take place on 4 November, following a two day private meeting involving Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General and global religious leaders at Windsor Castle, organised by the United Nations Development Programme and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).

The event entitled Many Heavens, One Earth: Faiths, the Environment and Copenhagen is a public meeting that follows on from the private meeting.

Many Heavens, One Earth is a public multi-faith event, open to everyone. It is being run in conjunction with the United Nations and will celebrate the commitment of faith communities to care for the environment.

It is being billed as an opportunity to question leading speakers about climate change, interspersed with an imaginative mixture of music, dance and dramatic readings, drawing on Hindu, Sufi and Christian traditions.

Speakers will include Olav Kjørven, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General; Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt and the Rev Canon Sally Bingham who works with the Regeneration Project and the Inter Faith Power and Light campaign in the United States to mobilise a national religious response to global warming.

Panellists include Nigel Savage, of the Jewish environmental organisation, Hazon; Helen Rowlands from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and Rob Sautter from WWF. Martin Palmer of ARC will chair the discussion.

Alison Prout, Environment Programme Manager of Quaker Peace and Social Witness said: "Many Heavens, One Earth comes at a crucial time as world leaders prepare for the Copenhagen climate conference. This evening aims to bring together faith communities and to provide a visible platform for their positive action and to encourage our leaders to work for a strong and fair deal at Copenhagen."

The event takes place on Wednesday 4 November, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at Friends House (opposite Euston Station). Attendance is free but it is essential to register at http://www.quaker.org.uk/manyheavens

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