"We have entered a new age. An age where all of us will have to sign a new compact with our environment ... and enter into the larger community of all living beings. A new sense of our communion with planet Earth must enter our minds." (Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP, October 1999)







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Brief profile of UNEP and its accomplishments.

Messages from:

Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Adnan Z. Amin, Director, UNEP New York, and Co-Chair, Interfaith Partnership for the Environment (IPE)

John J. Kirk, Co-founder and Co-Chair, IPE, and Professor-emeritus of the New Jersey School of Conservation

List of IPE Members (in 2000)

Elements of an Earth Agenda


The Assisi Declarations

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In September 1986, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) brought together five major world religions to declare how their faith leads each of them to care for nature. What resulted were the Assisi Declarations: calls from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Islamic leaders to their own faithful. Afterwards, three more faiths -- Baha'i, Jainism and Sikhism -- produced similar declarations. Here you will find their excerpted messages.


Earth Issues

This section provides a overview of the state of the global environment. It highlights where the planet stands on selected issues and what steps the UN and the interfaith community are taking to address these challenges. Issues include:

freshwater view pdf-600k

oceans, coral reefs, coastal areas and small islands view pdf-600k

climate change view pdf-700k

protecting the land view pdf-800k

biological diversity view pdf-600k

biotechnology safety view pdf-400k

hazardous wastes and toxic chemicals view pdf-500k

production and consumption patterns view pdf-400k

Globalization view pdf-400k


A Call to People of Faith

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This section provides suggestions for a celebration of Earth in faith through words, prayer and action.

Sacred words from the world's faiths

This section cites examples from the sacred texts and writings of the various faith traditions that can inspire care for our natural world and celebrate the wonder of the planet.

Sacred words of the Abrahamic religions:
Judaism, Christianity, Islam View pdf-2.4M

Sacred words of the South Asian religions:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism View pdf-1.2M

Sacred words of the East Asian religions:
Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto View pdf-1.2M

Sacred words from the traditions of indigenous peoples View pdf-900k

Sacred words of more recent religions:
Baha'i, Sikhism View pdf-300k


Points of religious agreement

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A brief summary of the important points of agreement concerning environmental ethics among religious traditions.


Success Stories

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This section provides selected examples of how religious communities are meeting environmental challenges. Examples include:
Church Climate Campaign, US National Religious
Partnership for the Environment

Green Patriarch, Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch
of Constantinople

Trees of Life, Zimbabwe

Operation Oryx, Saudi Arabia

Environmental Justice, US movement

Interfaith Action for Corporate Responsibility,
New York City

Restoring Sacred Land, Alliance of Religions
and Conservation, UK

Sacred Mountain Forest, India

Story of Pha, Thailand

China's Nine Sacred Mountains, Taoism and Buddhism

Interfaith Solidarity Walks, Boulder, Colorado


Sources of information

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contact information for selected interfaith groups working on environmental issues

bibliography of religion and environment works

UN environmental websites