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Ethics and Ecology:Faith-based Models for Reconnecting with All Sentient Beings

Published: 16 August 2016

Can the teachings and practices of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam bring about transformation to the world crises such as climate change and environmental degradation? The workshop will provide religious overviews of these crises as well as select examples of religious movements working to overcome the crises. We’re going to share action oriented faith-based models for conservation, sustainability, renewable/alternative energies, justice, and eco-temples, ranging from grassroots level to global

Code: #WCC_9697

Room: 318B

Date: 5 September 2016

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Stage language: English

Focal point: Junghee Min Inter – Religious Climate and Ecology Network

Tel: +82-10-5612-7504

ICE-network is an inter-faith initiative to wisely influence national public policy within Asia and to stimulate and strengthen diplomatic discussions around climate change at the international level. The workshop will provide an opportunity to increase awareness, understanding, and engagement in alternative and sustainable development, from the grassroots level to that of national and international networks. Religious teachings and practices can help move beyond materialism, understanding, and core values to the world crisis. 80% of the human population ascribes to a particular religious or spiritual tradition. IUCN has yet to mobilise this, the largest civil society and values based network system on the planet. ICE emphasizes small scale mobilization, peer to peer learning networks, and the experience of personal transformation as the key to social transformation. A multi-faith approach that also affirms gender and age diversity are what we are offering to the world crisis.


personal eco-ethics & attitudes, increase participation in religious and inter-religious actions for change; Education, raising public awareness of climate change, biodiversity, ecology & social justice; Community change & modeling, modeling eco-temples & eco-villages for changing the environmental impacts and sharing innovations and successes in local transformations and resilience.


The workshop will help deepen interactive spaces and foster better collaboration between scientists, civil society and faith-based leaders so as to draw out ethical and ecological models for joint responses to environmental challenges and putting sustainability into action. The workshop will put forth a model for values based mobilization which is indicative of the paradigmatic changes required to restabilise the Earth, moving away from a greed and consumption model, to a compassionate and sustainable model of energy, care for the Earth and associated economics.


We will be open to all parties who wish to explore a faith-based or spiritual approach to biodiversity loss and climate change. A particular emphasis will be given to local actors, traditional knowledge brokers and stewards, indigenous peoples and others whose wellness and livelihoods are closely entwined with marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The ICE Network will invite faith leaders and practitioners from a variety of spiritual and value-based practices present at the conference. We warmly invites participation and engagement on the part of the IUCN commission and secretariat.


We will discuss and model examples from the network of collaborative anti-nuclear & alternative energy, eco-temples & eco-villages, mindful markets & mindful living, and finally faith-based leadership in climate education and action. Experienced facilitators within the ICE Network will host the conversations.

  1. International Network of Engaged Buddhists ( Thailand )

  2. Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy 2013-2016

  3. IUCN Regional Office for Asia (ARO)

  4. We Have Faith Network – Act Now for Climate Justice in Africa


  6. Won Buddhists (South Korea)

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