WEBINAR: Religion and Spirituality in the Race to Save Tropical Rainforests: An Introduction to the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.
The tropical rainforest is the most diverse terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. It is both a symbol of the exuberance of life and has spiritual meaning for indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. Simon Rye shares his perspectives on religions' and indigenous people's efforts to end the destruction of tropical rainforests.
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The tropical rainforest is the most diverse terrestrial ecosystem on Earth, it is a symbol of the exuberance of life and Creation, it has spiritual meaning for indigenous peoples and forest dwellers, it is home to hundreds of millions of people, and it makes up an immense carbon sink without which the world will not reach its climate goals. Still, tropical rainforests are being destroyed at an accelerating rate that jeapordize the future of life on Earth. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, which was launched in Oslo in 2017, engages the world's religions and indigenous people in efforts to end the destruction of tropical rainforests.
Religious and indigenous spiritual leaders can help develop an ethical argument that the destruction of the world's tropical rainforests is wrong and contribute to awareness-raising, engagement and stronger commitments by politicians and businesses. They can also help to connect with people at a deeper level and convey the spiritual dimensions of the relationship between tropical rainforests and humanity, and speak to the responsibility for saving tropical rainforests for future generations. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative has been launched in five tropical rainforest countries and is implemented by UN Environment, in partnership with faith-based organizations. The initiative is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.
About the speaker
Simon Rye is policy director in Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative in the Ministry of Climate and Environment, and liaison to the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.