London, United Kingdom
Europe Regional Workshop
Faith for Our Planet hosted its second workshop on November 28, 2022, in London at Westminster City Council in collaboration with the Lord Mayor of Westminster. Over 25 faith leaders, including interfaith activists and community leaders, were convened from around the region to highlight the significance of intergenerational religious solidarity for climate action as well as engage older faith leaders to inculcate climate justice values- along racial and social lines- amongst the younger adherents.
Utilising Faith For Our Planet:
Equipping Faith Leaders for Climate Action
Hosting this workshop at the Lord Mayor’s Parlor allowed the participants to benefit from the Westminster Council’s intimate knowledge of local communities and civil society in the European region, as well as understand the role of the United Kingdom and its faith communities in shaping global climate policy.
The workshop participants included the Head Imam of the Council of the Islamic Community of Mitrovica, the Director of the International Foundation for Muslim Theology, the Director of East London Mosque, the Media Officer for the Baha’i Faith, and a Member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
The training sessions were remarkable, featuring some highly prominent climate-faith experts, including, Professor Peter Scott, Director of Lincoln Theological Institute and the Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, Professor Chris Rapley, Chair of the European Science Foundation’s European Space Sciences Committee and the Patron of the Surrey Climate Commission, Najma Mohamed, Policy Director of the Green Economy Coalition, and Sheikh Mustafidh Gani, Member of the British Board of Scholars and Imams.
The purpose of these training sessions was to equip the participants with the knowledge and capacity to create climate action agencies within their communities and collaborate with members of other faith groups and actors in the Global South to improve North-South cooperation on climate change.