Sacred People Sacred Earth
1. Global multi-faith statement on the climate
Please sign GreenFaith International's multi faith statement calling for a recovery from COVID which will help create a more just world order while tackling the climate crisis.
It has been signed by hundreds of high-profile leaders of a wide range of faiths as well as regular people of faith and we'd love you to sign this and ask others to do the same. By March 11 we aim to have the signatures of thousands of religious leaders and individual people of faith and spirit.
2. Places of worship worldwide call for climate justice
11 am on Thursday, March 11, 2021 Global Day of Action - humanity's "eleventh hour" to act on climate
In support of the statement and to draw attention to it, faith communities around the world are being asked to ‘sound the alarm’ for the climate and call for climate justice as we try to get our economies going in the wake of COVID. Please join the biggest ever global faith-based Day of Action for the Climate. The theme of of the day is Sacred People, Sacred Earth.
Each place of worship, faith-based small group or household will choose its own way to do this: by ringing its bells, by sounding a note on the shofar, calling the Azan, by chanting and by meditating. Just as long as make a noise - or even some thunderous silence! We each have our own traditions, but we will be united in one clear message.
To find where an event is planned near you, please check out the map on this page. Please register your event below - so it can be visible to interested people of faith and the media, and help make an impact.
After the Day of Action, GFI will call for a “Year of Action” in the lead-up to COP26 which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021.
3. What we're asking of the Australian Government
Regarding key "asks" of the Australian Government in line with the statement, ARRCC is calling for:
- A formal commitment from Australia under the Paris Accord to achieving net zero emissions by 2030. It follows that Australia should offer Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC’s) that align with this goal.
- The use of post-COVID recovery spending to boost renewable energy and low carbon industries rather than fund a “gas-led recovery”.
- Provision of substantial amounts of finance for the UN Green Climate Fund, additional to the aid budget.
- Provision of support for an orderly, planned, just transition for communities currently dependent on the coal and gas industries.
We’re asking our local groups to support these both on 11th March and through to the next round of crucial international climate negotiations known as COP26.
Here's a comprehensive toolkit with everything you need to hold a great action.
Banners and placards are excellent when they're hand-made. Painting them can build community spirit; they express your group/community's concerns and come across as very authentic. For people who prefer something more professional, Vistaprint is a low-cost option. They can create large vinyl banners, but normally allow two weeks for delivery. It may still be possible to have banners ready for the Day of Action using their Express delivery option. This page has some designs that express our collective "asks" of the Australian Government. You can right-click on them and save them onto your PC.
Here's the link to all the resources on GFI's Sacred People, Sacred Earth website.
Please hold your action at 11 am at your local time on March 11.
This is the eleventh hour for climate action! We are in a climate emergency so there's no time to waste. If 11 am doesn’t suit you, no problem. Holding it at any time on the day will be fine.
Who is involved?
A global, multi-faith coalition called GreenFaith International is organising thousands of faith communities to take part in this global Day of Action. It is being held in at least 14 countries including Brazil, Kenya, Chile, Germany, UK, Indonesia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and the Southern African region. So your local actions as part of this will be part of something huge.
These two combined actions will form the basis of the public launch of a new international multi-faith network for climate action called GreenFaith International.
How to get involved
Please complete the form below.
When you fill in the form, a message will show up with the link to a complete information pack outlining:
- How to make this really take off on social media
- How to get local media attention
(We will of course be getting the national media interested, and we have help from our partners in getting global media too)
- How to take a great short video of your action and where to upload it.
See the ARRCC Home page for details of helpful online workshops, eg, about making the most of social media.