A MULTI-FAITH NETWORK
COMMITTED TO ACTION
ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Faiths 4 Climate Justice Global Day Of Action

Join with people of faith all over the world by being part of a massive global multi-religious ‘Faiths 4 Climate Justice’ Day of Action.

This will be timed for maximum impact two weeks out from the crucial COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. Join us by organising an action with your religious organisation or community on 17 and 18 October!

Together, we will send a clear message to governments and major financial institutions: destroying the planet is against our religions. We will not rest until governments, banks and investors get it right.

There will be actions over two days, the Sunday and the Monday. Each day will achieve a different purpose. We’d love it if you could organise a #Faiths4ClimateJustice action with your faith community or network on one of the days. If you and your community would like to participate on both days, all the better! 

 

Sunday actions - at your place of worship on 17th October 

Sunday actions are envisaged to take place at or outside your place of worship. Please sound the climate alarm in a way that suits you: ringing your bells, singing, praying, meditating, calling the Azan, sounding the shofar - whatever is true to your tradition. 

This time we’re also particularly looking for places of worship to drop a banner calling for climate action. This is an exciting new addition to the Day of Action and we think it will make a big impact. You can find out all about this and order your banner here.

Whatever you choose to do, please register your event. Here is the link to register.

NB As part of the process, you will need to create an account with the Control Shift platform. Once you have an account, you will need to log in to access your event page each time. The return e-mail will have links that enable you to edit the event, including adding your own photo. Your event won't be on the map instantly because a moderator will need some time to add it. If you have any problems, feel free to e-mail [email protected]

Time of day

Ideally, local organisers will hold Sunday actions earlier in the day, rather than later, at a time when plenty of people of faith are available for a photo or video. That makes media coverage more possible and leaves more time for everyone - participants and organisers - to post photos, videos and messages on social media. We will provide a guide to holding an event on this day shortly. 

Toolkits

This toolkit provides GreenFaith International's resources for how to tell the story through your action, prayers that could be used, sample order of service, how to take compelling photos.

Here are ARRCC's F4CJ guidelines for posting on social media.

For tips on getting into local media with news of your Sunday action, see this local media toolkit. This is a sample media release for actions in Australia, but local organisers are encouraged to re-word it for a local audience. It was written for Sunday actions.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for more toolkits; here's a link to all the GreenFaith International toolkits in the one place: https://bit.ly/3tb6Hm6 

The difference this will make 

One of our aims is to build a broad base of support for faith-based climate action, ready to work for change over the longer term. Sunday is the day to get as many people as possible involved and to show the public, both here and in Glasgow, that lots of Australian people of faith care deeply about this crisis. Holding a local, family-friendly event with a purpose is a great way to bring people on board who might usually not be active. 

Sign up for Sunday actions

Please sign up to hold an action at your place of worship. Here is the link to register.

NB As part of the process, you will need to create an account with the Control Shift platform. Once you have an account, you will need to log in to access your event page each time. The return e-mail will have links that enable you to edit the event, including adding your own photo. Your event won't be on the map instantly because a moderator will need some time to add it. If you have any problems, feel free to e-mail [email protected]

 

Outside Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney at the last Day of Action on March 11

Monday actions - at your MP’s office on 18th October

In line with ARRCC’s Year of Action focusing on our federal elected representatives, Monday actions should generally take place outside federal MP’s offices. This is the day when we take our faith and our determination into the street and when we make sure our MPs hear from us. There are plenty of things you could do: you might hold a faith-based prayer and meditation Vigil outside their office, present copies of our demands, deliver letters to the MP, sing hymns about the climate, ring bells or bear silent witness. Here's a basic guide for organising actions. We will provide a full list of ideas and guides for each shortly. 

So, please do register an action on the Monday. Also, it would be best to notify the police that you will be holding a public assembly. For example, in NSW you are well advised to complete and send a 'Notice of Intention to Hold a Public Assembly'; similar arrangements are required in other States.

ARRCC is also planning to hold some flagship #Faiths4ClimateJustice events outside MP offices on Monday, 18 October. We will need as many people as possible to come along to these to help create media interest, so please keep an eye out for these ones.

Time of day

It’s even more important that Monday actions be held early in the day in order to catch the media’s attention. Ideally, that means aiming for around 8 am. That’s a good time both (a) for people of faith who want to be involved before they go to work and (b) for being noticed by staff and passers-by as they go to work. Please make sure your event starts no later than 10.30 am.  

Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources for action design, telling your faith-inspired story symbolically, taking a compelling photo and guidelines for posting on social media. 

The difference this will make

Actions outside MPs’ offices are more likely to attract media attention and Mondays are a better day for media coverage too. By getting our message out in the media, we will communicate that climate change is far from a left-right issue, or something only people who can be dismissed as ‘greenies’ care about. When everyday people of faith get into the media, it becomes clear that this is truly mainstream.

Monday, 18th October is a day that both Houses of Federal Parliament sit, so MPs will not be in their offices. They will nonetheless know that people of faith are holding a Vigil, and will be keen to see how their own role is portrayed in social media and local media.

Sign up for a Monday action

Please sign up to hold an action outside your federal MP’s office. Here is the link to register: https://greenfaith.controlshift.app/calendars/faiths-4-climate-justice/events/new 


And do let others know about it! Your action will show up on the map at the bottom of this page which can also been seen here so that others who may wish to join you can see it on the map and do so.

Faith leaders outside the office of Warren Entsch MP in Cairns on March 11. Around 80 people of many faith backgrounds attended that day.

For inspiration check out the photos from the last Day of Action on March 11.

 

F4CJ Toolkits

GreenFaith International graphics, video, social media links, sample Tweets.

F4CJ social media toolkit.

F4CJ Multi-Faith Prayers and Statements.

Guide to taking public action as part of GreenFaith International.

Please upload the best photos of your action using this form and link.

Here's a link to all the GreenFaith International F4CJ toolkits in the one place: https://bit.ly/3tb6Hm6