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“Religions’ Role in Climate Crisis Awareness” on the second day of the Faith Pavilion at COP28

The second day of the Faith Pavilion at COP28 continued with the hosting of 7 dialogue sessions that focused on the close connection between religions and nature-based solutions, addressing key climate issues such as funding, loss and damage, and the role of religions in raising awareness about the dangers of the climate crisis. 

Participants in the first dialogue session, titled “Making a case for equitable and coordinated funding streams – Case of Loss & Damage,” stressed that religious entities are at the forefront of various challenges. This requires investing in adaptation, enhancing resilience, and activating early warning systems for climate crises to reduce any losses suffered by communities during climate disasters.

In the second session, titled “Mindfulness for Earth in Higher Education,” participants highlighted that many communities worldwide face food insecurity and limited access to natural resources. Conversely, more developed communities suffer from overconsumption and waste, posing a significant challenge to achieving Earth’s climate neutrality.

The third dialogue session, focusing on “Integral Ecology Faith-Based Journeys Towards Ecological Conversion: Sharing strategies for overcoming the dominant technocratic approach to climate change,” emphasized the urgent need for women’s leadership to promote collaborative cooperation and unify efforts in addressing the climate crisis. It stressed that religious scholars, empowered within their communities, are best positioned to spread climate awareness.

The fourth dialogue session, concentrating on the role of religions in supporting commitments to halt the spread of traditional fuels, affirmed the necessity of reminding countries of the moral and ethical dimensions of protecting the Earth. Meanwhile, the dialogue session “Faith and Nature: Partners in Landscape Restoration and Nature-Based Solutions” discussed how religious leaders and communities can be essential drivers in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges, showcasing the significant contributions made by religious leaders to restoration efforts in climate-vulnerable communities.

The second day concluded with a dialogue session on “Intergenerational Dialogue on the Role of Youth in Adaptation,” which emphasized the vital role of youth in climate adaptation and the support provided by religious organizations in this field. Participants underscored the importance of empowering youth in the climate sector, noting that progress in climate action will create new job opportunities and improve the lives and livelihoods of millions, especially young people.

Tomorrow’s sessions are expected to focus on ways to enhance climate justice for women, the role of religious leaders in addressing climate change, localizing religious action to confront the climate crisis, the impact of climate repercussions on water, and the role of youth in climate advocacy.

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