Parliament of the World’s Religions to discuss climate change in upcoming Toronto meeting

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The focus is on world-changing outcomes as the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religion’s convenes in Toronto on November 1-7, 2018.

The theme is “The Promise of Inclusion & the Power of Love” and organizers plan to call on people of faith to increase solidarity and power in global peace, climate and justice movements. The Parliament is the world’s most diverse global interfaith event and is marking its 125th anniversary.

Parliament Executive Director Dr. Larry Greenfield says the theme was chosen “because inclusion and love are what, in fact, we deeply believe are essential for realizing a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

One of the keynote speakers at The Parliament of World’s Religions is Christiana Figueres, who is the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She led the Paris Climate Agreement at the COP21 conference in 2015.

The Parliament will host 500 or more unique forums and expected attendance is more than 10,000 persons of faith and conscience from 80 nations with more than 200 unique spiritual backgrounds.

Chair of the Parliament’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Robert P. Sellers, said in a press statement that he is encouraged that “the thousands of people who have attended our international gatherings have consistently commented that Parliaments are informative and inspiring, exciting and motivating, deeply moving and life-altering.”

The Parliament has a Climate Action Task Force that is working on a number of initiatives.

The task force chair, David Hales, said that the programming in Toronto will “recognize and provide visibility to the actions of the World’s Religions to respond to the imminent threat of climate change, while encouraging greater engagement by all people of good faith in actively addressing the risks and impacts of climate change.”

The Convening will also update the Interfaith Call to Action and invite further endorsements of the declaration as revised.

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