Religious leaders: faith, ethics and human behaviour – the role of religion and values in conservation and climate advocacy

The challenges to the Earth, as a result of human behaviour, population growth, and distorted access to resources and wealth have never been so acute or troubling. scientists have been called on by the United Nations to explain the implications of our behaviour in terms of modelling climate changes, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. Yet with this information, the UN system is unable to turn around the drivers behind these phenomena – drivers which are found within human will and intention.

Religion, faith and inter-generational obligations touch humans in a different way than science or intellect. There is a growing mobilisation of the faith-sector to respond to climate disasters, poverty, disease and the symptoms of this crisis. The faith sector is able to talk about core human weaknesses which drive our reckless behaviour and our urge to take more than the Earth can provide, or more than is our own share of what is possible.

This panel brings together a diverse collection of influential religious and faith leaders from different parts of the planet, different traditions and different conceptualisations of the relation between humans, the sacred and the natural world. Each panellist shares theological reflections, as well as experiences of mobilising at different scales for resilience and sustainability. The discussion will focus on the need for a broad alliance of different social movements, and placing values, wisdom and faith back into the equation for sustaining life, and understanding our place as one species in a complex, dynamic and sometimes fragile living system.

Panelists will also be addressing the role of religious institutions in landscape / seascape conservation, pilgrimage sites, sacred natural sites, and other landscape management.

The session has simultaneous interpreting in French, Korean and English.

Session Chair:
Dr Nigel Crawhall, TILCEPA Chair and member of the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum, South Africa

Panelists:
• His Highness, the Sultan of Aïr, Niger: Oumarou Ben Ibrahim Oumarou (Sunni Islam);
• Venerable Do Beop Sunim 도법, Korea (Headquarter of
Association for Reflection and Innovation of Jogye Order, Buddhism)
• Prof Robin Wang, Director of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University (Daoism);
•김용복박사 Dr. Kim Yong-Bock, Chancellor, Asia Pacific Center for Integral Study of Life 金容福敎授, (社) 亞細亞 太平洋生命學硏究 院 院長 (Commentator on inter-religious cooperation)

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