COP23 Interfaith Statement and Workshop on Inter-religious Action for a Sustainable Climate: Role of Faith-Based Organisations in human behaviour change at different scales

October 17, 2017

Our very own Allen Ottaro (from the GCCM Steering Committee) participated in the following

Workshop on Inter-religious Action for a Sustainable Climate:  the role of Faith-Based Organisations in human behaviour change at different scales Event: ED12

 11 September 2017, Agadir, Morocco, SALLE TAFOUKT, Hotel Atlantic Palace

Speakers: Allen Ottaro (Kenya), Master Ren Da and Venerable Miao Hai (China),
Lydia Mogano and Mariam Ismail Baderoon (South Africa)
Main purpose of the workshop:

The main purpose of the workshop was to bring together faith-based actors, particularly from Asia and Africa, to share experiences of responding to climate change, influencing human behaviour and proposing models for social, moral and economic change in different religious, cultural and social contexts.

Main messages:

The contributors came from different countries, faith traditions and national contexts. All of the contributors agreed that climate change is the result of human behaviour. This human behaviour is connected to materialism and a sort of selfish or unaware comportment which has placed the planet in jeopardy. Panelists proposed that a role of religion is to address human conduct to promote wisdom, compassion, restraint and appreciation of the abundance provided to each generation.

Humans are urgently pressed to awaken to the seriousness of climate change. Religious institutions, leadership and communities are key spaces where much of the human family gathers and pays attention to ethical teaching and problem solving for the community.

Climate change must be addressed for obvious reasons of economic and physical vulnerability. It also has to be defined as a moral issue that requires all people of faith and ethics to adjust their behaviour, to engage with and assist the most vulnerable.

Regional and national contributions:

  • Morocco hosted the 2nd international Summit of Consciences in Fez ahead of COP22. This was an opportunity for the Ulemas, or Islamic scholars, of Morocco to engage with faith leaders, moral philosophers, indigenous peoples and political leaders from around the world. They came together to examine and explore theologically-rooted [or derived] obligations of care for our planet and for the well-being of all of humanity.

Models and Examples of Faith-Catalysed Climate Action:

  • In Kenya and Tanzania, Christians are using emerging theology, including the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, to educate and mobilise leaders and congregations. They are building grassroots awareness of the need to protect the environment and promote peaceful co-existence. For Christians and Muslims in East Africa, it is important to respect traditional African cultures, including indigenous peoples’ and animist practices, which are rich in environmental knowledge and wisdom.
  • In Southern Africa, multi-faith networks are promoting theological material for religious education and teaching on the environment and climate change. SAFCEI directly challenged the Government of South Africa regarding its attempted corrupt and illicit efforts to import Russian nuclear power without due process or sufficient consideration of the likely burden upon future generations.
  • In Asia, faith-leaders are dealing with practical issues of renewable energy in rural areas, improved waste-management, sustainable agriculture, community education and revenue generation from environmentally wholesome projects. Eco-temples offer positive projects where all religions can work together to change their local practices.
  • Additional ones from the US:
    • Regular correspondence with and pressure to monopoly utility is yielding some progress – utility will close 2 of 5 remaining coal facilities in their service area in Colorado, getting fossil free component to 55% by 2025.  Joint faith effort (Catholic, IPL, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Unitarians, Methodists, UCC) has petition and initiative for 100% renewable by 2030.
    • People of faith and others demonstrating against fossil fuel mining and leakage, on church lands and in other areas
      • Catholic and Lakota involvement in Standing Rock – see
      • an order of Catholic sisters with regional offices in St. Louis, remain opposed to construction of a natural gas pipeline underneath a strip of land they own in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Penn. Despite the Adorers’ refusal to cooperate with this endeavor, Transco has gotten approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granting them the right to construct, maintain and operate a pipeline on this land for the Atlantic Sunrise Project. The Adorers have a Land Ethic, approved by their congregation in October 2005, that:
        • Honors the sacredness of creation
        • Reverences Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected
        • Treasures land as a gift of beauty and sustenance and legacy for future generations.

        The Adorers received a request from the grassroots coalition, Lancaster Against Pipelines, to install and use, and to invite other people of faith to use, a portable prayer “chapel” on their land. The hope is that the structure can draw people to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land.  While the Adorers understand that the federal court order of eminent domain, once it goes into effect, can allow Transco to call for the removal of the “chapel” from the easement, they believe that having this structure on their land, for however long, gives tangible witness to the sacredness of Earth. Read Sister Janet’s reflection shared during the chapel dedication service >>

Who are the actors?

In all cases, faith-based mobilisation has come from local level. There has also been an emphasis on interfaith cooperation. Climate change puts a great deal of stress on people and communities. This can aggravate social conflicts, gender-based violence, mass migrations and even civil conflict on a large scale. Part of the responsibility of faith-actors is to simultaneously promote sustainable solutions and behaviour change while promoting peaceful cooperation and mutual understanding.  

Faith-based climate change actors can be found at the village level, in urban areas, at national level, in sub-regions, at regional scale, and engaging directly with the United Nations. An Interfaith Liaison Committee supports coordination and communication for all faith-based actors engaged in the UNFCCC.

Results, successes and challenges:

Increasingly, faith leaders are influencing climate policy and policy makers. Since Poznan COP14, there has been a growing and increasingly influential presence of faith leaders involved in the UNFCCC. This has also seen much more engagement between Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) and national governments on policies that are ‘poor friendly’, just, achievable and transparent. Faith-based networks working on climate change in most regions of the world, including Europe, North America, South America, Australia, West, East and Southern Africa, South, South-East and East Asia.

Faith based groups are running their own renewable energy projects on different scales. One of the largest is the Won Buddhist solar-power temple network in Korea. African churches and mosques are interested in developing renewable energy, particularly in rural and poor areas.

Many FBOs have become directly involved in emergency response, relief and recovery services, as impacts and complex vulnerabilities to climate change are on the increase. Drought and its related complications, flooding, cyclones and forced mass migration have brought climate change home to faith leaders’ communities, calling on faith leadership to act. Surges in climate related diseases are also impacting heavily on faith-based agencies’ time, energies and resources. The risk is that FBOs have been pulled into a repeating reactionary loop, an unsustainable ‘triage sprint’ of marathon lengths. The opportunity to pause must be claimed before existing energies and resources meet their breaking point. It is possible to move from reaction to responsive, considered and cooperative strategy in policy and practice—one that strengthens and supports capabilities for climate-adaptive whole-systems resilience in urban and rural areas.

The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) brought the South African government to account over an illicit trillion rand deal with Russia over nuclear power reactors. SAFCEI won its court case and raised attention for the need for corruption-free energy and the importance of a safe and renewable energy future.

Indicators of progress are that religious authorities are speaking out about the injustices of climate change and the moral obligation to engage with the crisis. This includes the 2015 Papal Encyclical Laudato Si, the 2015 Istanbul Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, and a myriad of other statements, policies, divestments and education materials in Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Jewish, Baha’i, Shinto, Spiritualist and other traditions.

The Kingdom of Morocco demonstrated the scale of influence of religion on climate understanding with two national days of prayer and preaching on climate change and Islamic theology during COP22 in Marrakech in 2016. All UNFCCC COPs since Poznan COP14 have celebrated high-profile, ecumenical and interfaith events, concerts, marches and spiritual events to unite people in responding to climate change.

Climate Chance and the mobilisation of non-state actors will be influenced by an understanding that religious organisations represent the largest civil society network on Earth, with some 80% of humans professing a specific religious or spiritual tradition. For Africa, Asia and the Pacific, almost every human settlement, however remote, includes a place of worship. Educating religious, spiritual and cultural leaders on the dangers of climate change and the opportunities to respond wisely, can be the greatest ‘game changer’ in the current struggle to stabilise the planet and a sustainable, thriving future.

Statement from Faith-based organisations at Climate Chance 14 September, 2017 Agadir, Morocco

We, faith-based leaders, networks and organisations representing faith and spiritual communities– Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Baha’i, Brahma Kumaris, Animist, and Shamanic-from across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, have joined together at this non-state actors-focused Climate Chance gathering in Morocco. We are here to celebrate, recognise, and remind us all of our deep interconnection and therefore responsibility we share to care for and protect each other and all living Beings of this Mother Earth.  This life is a gift the Earth has bestowed upon us; our debt is to love, honour and respect the gift and the gift-giver.

Bridging Science and Religion

Converging and shared biocultural values and traditional wisdom from cultures and spiritual practices around the planet teach us that our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our ecosystems are intricately, delicately interlinked. This ancient wisdom is now mirrored in the accepted current climate science, and planetary systems science, Earth Systems science, Deep Ecology and social-ecology studies, and even developing findings within the neuro-sciences and quantum physics.  We humans are part of a living, dynamic, mutually dependent co-arising Earth System. To heal our planet, to care for all Beings upon it, we must approach our solutions through holistic healing of our diverse local spaces. We are moved to interlink each local healing with the healing of whole nations, regions and the globe. 

With 84% of the World’s human population self-identifying with one of the world’s major religions, we should not miss this opportunity to engage and include faith leaders in decision-making processes within global climate actions, resource directives and policy making. In fact, this statistic suggests that across the many sectors and activities surrounding climate governance, exist people who practice a faith or spirituality.

Faith leaders bring the wisdom of their own traditions to live in harmony with the Earth. These faith leaders offer a key influential space for facilitating climate change awareness and action within local communities, local policy makers, and national leadership.

Transitioning Systems and New Models for Doing and Being

Some faith-based leaders and networks have already engaged with and supported climate-smart, sustainable markets in communities across Asia and Africa. They offer new and transitioning models for sustainable livelihoods and healthy markets that are part of caring for the planet, rather than extracting and exploiting her.  These emerging models for holistic, climate-conscious, and values-based markets are embedded within faith and local community activities. These activities simultaneously contribute to carbon sinking, biodiversity restoration, forestry restoration and conservation, organics, permaculture and food forests, renewable energy systems, natural and traditional build Zero-waste movements, and climate-conscious circular and sharing economies.

We invite the political, economic and business sectors to join us, to consider the value these new and emerging models, evolving outside of the existing global governance systems. They may inspire, catalyse, and inform our shared work.  The framework of all this activity is captured through a primary role of faith leaders: we work to facilitate, support and strengthen peoples’ capacities to cope with and overcome the consequences of climate change through locally appropriate biocultural, spiritual, and traditional values and wisdom.

We Are Nature

At the centre of our message of interconnection and inter-Being is love–love and care for ‘Self’ is love and care for the plants and animals, the mountains and rivers, the oceans and ice shelves, the living Beings we call Nature. We are Nature, we are an integrated part of this whole.  

The systems of a globalized capitalist economy and power structures have sought to divide humans from nature- from the nature within ourselves and beyond ourselves. We have learned that we are to dominate or fear the natural world, and in doing so, we have thrown our planet headlong into an ecological crisis. We have ushered in the Anthropocene.  As long as the systems and structures through which we work to address the brokenness of the Anthropocene persist in reflecting a siloed, hierarchical and fragmented approach to ourselves within our living earth, we will fail to facilitate healing of the Whole Earth.

This statement was produced by delegates from different faith traditions at the Climate Chance conference, 11-13 September 2017 in Agadir, Morocco. The workshop event ED12 was hosted by the Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation and Climate Justice (Respecc) specialist group of the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). Twitter @IUCN_Respecc

Climate Chance Conference
Agadir, Morocco, 11-13 September 2017
Agadir Declaration of Climate Actors
Stepping up climate action and goals together

Twenty-five years ago in Rio the international community, already concerned about the risks of global warming, created the Climate Convention (UNFCCC) under the aegis of the UN, with the aim of mobilizing Member States and coordinating their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Unfortunately, the mobilization has been extremely insufficient and the climate situation has
worsened. After the records in 2015 and 2016, the month of July 2017 has again set a new temperature record. The multiplication of extreme climate phenomena such as droughts, typhoons, floods and land degradation that cause migration and destabilization of countries demonstrate every day that our societies will not survive accelerated climate change.

Adopted two years ago, the Paris Agreement sparked real hope for two reasons: firstly, ambitious objectives were set by the international community to limit warming well below 2 degrees Celsius,
and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Secondly, a precise and sustainable framework was defined to meet these objectives: a facilitative dialogue in 2018 outlining the actions in progress even before the Agreement became effective to inform the submission of NDCs in 2020, a global stocktake every five years starting in 2023 and a working framework with actors from civil society as well as local and subnational governments, known as non-Party stakeholders acting beside the Contracting Parties to the UNFCCC, through the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action.

Last year, COP22 in Marrakesh was the opportunity to define these frameworks, with the aim to strengthen the action dynamic, based on alliances and sectoral coalitions that make up the non-Party stakeholders. This dynamic is essential to reverse the rise of greenhouse gas emissions over a very short period of time and succeed in creating a new “zero net emissions” economy
between now and the year 2050 and beyond based on a real ecological transition.

For the past two years, the international community has been working on harmonizing actions performed in the fight against climate change and for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in New York in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly at the continuation of the Earth Summit in Rio + 20 (2012).

The community of climate actors who assemble during the Climate Chance Summits believes that climate action is intrinsically linked to the sustainable development challenges, as was reaffirmed during declarations at the World Summit Climate and Territories in Lyon in 2015 and during the Climate Chance Summit in Nantes in 2016: “Measures aiming at limiting climate change must also help face the other great challenges of our century and vice-versa, such as poverty alleviation, access to sustainable energy, water, and other resources, sustainable urban and rural development, food sovereignty, gender equality, decent work and workers’ rights, including those of farmers; respect for the rights of indigenous peoples, protection of forests and biodiversity, preservation of natural resources etc. Affirming and demonstrating these synergies is necessary to engage all stakeholders into a successful greenhouse gas emissions phase-out pathway. Particular attention should be paid to adaptation actions, which have to foster resilience and a sustainable development at the local and subnational level, building on local and regional initiatives and traditional knowledge; the need to ensure a fair transition for territories, companies, and their employees during this period of transformation towards a low-carbon economy; and the need to strengthen the influence of women and their capacity for action, in particular in local governance. We also recognize the fundamental role of education, since raising awareness among the youngest generations and strengthening their ability to take action are crucial challenges in a changing world. Involving them in our decisions, is ensuring transition”.

Given the scope of the challenges and the increasingly unstable climate situation, it is our collective responsibility to urgently ramp up our actions on all levels – citizens, actors from civil society, local and subnational governments, National Governments…-. We should accelerate the implementation of the transition and establish a shared operational calendar. While meeting in Agadir, climate actors from all over the world laid out their priorities.

1) Climate actors are stakeholders in the negotiation. While they support the implementation of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action, formerly the Lima Paris Action Agenda, they emphasize that their role should not be limited to this partnership and they should be able to intervene in the framework of the negotiations itself. The organizations representing the climate actors should be able to continue participating without hindrance, playing their role as observer and putting forward proposals in the framework of the actual climate negotiations. 

2) The Facilitative Dialogue in 2018 is a key step to ensure that current contributions measure up to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Climate actors insist particularly on the importance of this dialogue which should trigger a process to revise and enhance NDCs by latest 2020, to present the actions carried out so far in a transparent and inclusive manner and to lend credibility to an action scenario enabling the objectives of the Paris Agreement to be met at all the levels of governance. They therefore insist that the National Governments should prepare for this critical meeting with all ambition and necessary care and to closely involve the climate actors, whose action potential is often overlooked and even ignored in certain countries, in order to strengthen Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020, and grant them the means to participate. The adoption by the UNFCCC of the Gender Action Plan will offer an opportunity to reinforce this ambition. They support the initiatives taken by the climate actors to prepare for the 2018 Facilitative dialogue, particularly the summit in California. As climate actors, we commit to assist National Governments in capturing increased ambition towards the 2020 deadline and the summit called in New York in September 2019 by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be an important step to achieve that. Climate actors point out their willingness to participate and present their proposals at this summit to accelerate and strengthen action.

3) The Paris Agreement was adopted by consensus and must be supported. Climate actors are extremely worried about the decision of the President of the United-States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. They support American actors, (States, cities, businesses, research centers, NGO…) who have demonstrated their determination to pursue actions in the fight against climate change, particularly through the initiative We Are Still In. They are pleased with regional initiatives which will serve only to increase ambition and encourage National Governments to reevaluate their own contributions, particularly the initiative launched by the African elected leaders during the Climate Chance World Summit in Agadir, an initiative they are committed to pass on through their own networks.

4) Climate actors emphasize the challenges of adaptation for vulnerable territories, particularly for the African continent. They point out that adaptation must not be the poor cousin of climate funding and insist that synergies must be strengthened between development and the fight against climate change, especially in the areas of shared governance, gender equality and intergenerational equity, agriculture, access to natural resources, in particular water and land, circular economy, and access to energy. They highlight the interest of the actions led in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa launched in 2015 to experiment the implementation of local policies on adaptation, access to energy, and call upon to strengthen decentralized cooperation, particularly South-South cooperation. They emphasize the importance of the commitments and decisions undertaken in the next UN Conference to Combat Desertification and support the initiative of climate actors, who in preparation for the COP 13 on desertification in China – in Ordos, Inner Mongolia from 6 to 16 September 2017 – adopted a joint declaration during the Desertifactions Summit in Strasbourg in June 2017. They insist on the necessity to reach an agreement during COP23 which effectively capitalizes on the potential of land restoration and the fight against desertification to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In the same vein, climate challenges should be the central theme of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. 

5) Current levels of promised funding are not adequate to meet the challenges. Climate actors reaffirm the importance of increasing public and private international funding to strengthen action dynamics, calling developed countries to fulfil the commitment they made to mobilize 100 billion US dollars of new and additional funding from now to 2020, this will enable effective action and maintain confidence in the plan while strengthening the credibility of agreements made on an international level. They also note that funding should be consistent and a priority for the international community. To this effect, they wish to contribute in drafting the criteria and indicators aiming to avoid the financing of infrastructure projects not in line with the climate and sustainable development agendas. In addition, they insist on the necessity to facilitate access to funding for territorial actors, in particular the local and regional governments including the representatives of civil society, who are the first actors on the ground. Climate actors are the main investors in the world and have a decisive role to play in managing successfully the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. National Governments and the community of climate actors have a key role in working together to gather new sources of funding and make the most of existing funding to favor green investment. They favourably welcome the initiative of the President of the French Republic in organizing a summit on the specific question of climate finance in December 12 in Paris. The climate actors will offer clear proposals, the result of work undertaken during the Climate Chance Summit in Agadir and during a meeting to finalize these proposals prior to the French Government initiative.

6) The role and participation of climate actors for action is essential. The dynamics brought by climate actors are more than ever critical for lending credibility to a climate stable future. They recognize the considerable progress that has taken place in integrating their actions in the UNFCCC process since the Lima Conference (LPAA, GCAA, NAZCA, TEP) and highlight the role of the High-Level Climate Champions in this process.

Nevertheless, they consider that further progress is possible and that a transparent framework for dialogue between National Governments and non-Party stakeholders should be strengthened
as part of a contractual framework, including the Paris Agreement. They call on National Governments and institutions of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement to further consider and integrate the proposals put forward by climate actors from high level dialogue on GCA governance held during the Climate Chance Summit in Agadir. They emphasize the importance of a consistent agenda between the Convention and the key initiatives suggested by climate actors.

7) They highlight the importance of reflections on a sectoral level (Transport, Energy, Buildings, Agriculture) and a long-term road map put forward by the sectors tasked with their construction. In addition to a global vision of sustainable development, including respect of human rights, a road map is an effective way to build an energy transition that is also a positive economic and social transformation, considering all the facets of human life. The commitment made in the Paris Agreement to ensure a Just Transition for workers in this transformation must guide us and accelerate our action, in order to make this challenge be an opportunity to create decent and quality jobs. 

It is also key for a working synergy between required public policies and strategic investments in the private sector, as illustrates the necessary transition towards circular economy. National Governments should pay closer attention and use this support to establish Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and work more closely with climate actors with a view towards improved inter sectoral integration.

This coalition work should not be limited to directly emitting greenhouse gases sectors, it should also strengthen tools for action and mobilization in all fields: education, culture, training, sport … We call on National Governments to take into account the proposals coming from these coalitions, to pay attention to new thinking, such as legal transition, to invest in multi-level and multi-actor actions requiring different types of governance.

8) Climate science can benefit from the know-how of climate actors. They reiterate their willingness to work closely with the scientific community by providing data and carrying out experiments on the actions undertaken for future IPCC reports. They emphasize the importance of the report to be completed in 2018 on the actions to be implemented to meet the goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius which should be linked to the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue and together, should be utilized to increase ambition. They highlight the importance of an independent expertise of climate actors on their action capacity, the potential in emission reduction, the innovations, on the challenges of implementation, the “leverage” potential of cooperation between actors and territories, the evaluation of methodologies, and as a support in actions for this goal (Climate Chance Observatory, pledge of the initiative We Are Still In, etc.) 

9) The community of climate actors offers a unified vision regarding the transition to carry out while respecting the various challenges, needs and means. This is the challenge we are facing: to translate collective ecological transitions on the ground on all levels – national, regional, local and individual – so as to offer the promise of a future of which all citizens on the Planet – both men and women – can take ownership and feel engaged.

Adopted at Agadir Climate Chance Summit, 13 September 2017, where the participants paid particular tribute to the engagement of Moroccan climate actors in the success of this Summit.
Supported as of today by the following organisations: Local and subnational governments: CGLU, ICLEI, R20, C40, nrg4SD, FMDV, Energy Cities, CCRE-CEMR, Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), AFCCRE, Association Française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe (AFCCRE), REFELA CGLUA, EUROCITIES, Metropolis – World Association of the Major Metropolises.

Business and Industry: Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM), ICC (Chambre de Commerce Internationale) France, Global Compact France, Orée, Cobaty International, Réseau [email protected] (Collectif des Entrepreneurs Écoresponsables du Maroc).

Children and Youth: YOUNGO (constituency des ONG jeunes), CliMates, Mouvement des Jeunes Marocains pour le Climat, Enactus- Faculté des Sciences Juridiques Economiques et Sociales de Ain Choc, Association Ard al Atfal (Terre Des Enfants) Agadir, Association Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre Souss ASVTS, Sierra Leone School Green Club (SLSGC), Réseau des Jeunes Leaders CS – Burkina Faso, Mediterranean Youth Climate Network, Leaders Club.

Indigenous Peoples: Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), Association des Populations des Montagnes du Monde, Organisation Tamaynut.

NGOs: ONG: Climate Action Network (CAN), ENDA Tiers Monde, Réseau Marocain de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (REMESS), 4D, Comité21, Groupe Énergies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités -GERES, Coalition pour la valorisation des déchets (COVAD), Association ENERGIES 2050, Agronomes et Vétérinaires sans frontières – AVSF, Association la Voûte Nubienne, Réseau Enfants de la Terre (RET), International Tree Foundation Oxford, Fondation Driss Benzekri pour les Droits Humains et la Démocratie, Réseau des Associations de la Réserve de Biosphère Arganeraie (Coordination Tiznit), Alliance Marocaine pour le Climat et le Développement Durable, Association ForGreenID, Association Pas et Itinéraires pour le Développement Social (APIDS), Association Migrations et Développement, Association Eau et Énergie pour tous, Association Paysages, Coalition Régionale pour les Droits Environnementaux et le Développement Durable Souss Massa, Association Marocaine pour le Civisme et le Développement, Centre Draa-Tafilalet pour le Développement Durable, Association Sud des Amateurs de la Nature, Association Nord Rural de tourisme et culture-Brikcha, Association Talit pour le développement Aourga Ida Outanane, Association Taghart Taghazout pour le développement et la culture et l’environnement, Association Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre Souss Massa, Association Tagadirt Fam el Hisn Tata, Union des Associations d’Idaougnidif, Association Guinéenne pour la Promotion des Energies Renouvelables (AGUIPER), Association Eau et Energie pour Tous (Maroc), Initiatives pour l’Avenir des Grands Fleuves (IAGF), Géoparc Jbel Bani – Sud Maroc, AMDGJB : Association Marocaine de développement du Géoparc Jbel Bani, Association Ribat Al Fateh pour le développement Durable, ONG Pole Sud – Lubumbashi (RDC), AGROTECH (Association Agrotechnologies du Souss Massa), UTI-DED, Association A6, AVIDESC Bangui RCA, Association de Protection d’Environnement et du Développement Durable de Zaouiat Cheikh, Association Agdal Agadir, ATDS ville nouvelle Tamesna, Association d’Education à l’Environnement “Les amis de Circée”, Alliance pour une Education à la Citoyenneté Planétaire, Association TAGADIRT, Centre Fam El Hisn, 84100, Province de Tata, Maroc, Association Intilakasup, Organization Centre for Ecological and Community Development (CECD), Afro française interculturelle d’animation (AFRICA), Fédération internationale des Sénégalais de la Diaspora (FSD), Collectif des Associations de Solidarité Internationale Issues des Migrants des Pays de la Loire (COSIM PDL),Association Internationale pour le partenariat et l’émergence en Afrique (AIPEA), Association Internationale pour les Pauvres et les Indignés et Assistance (AIPIA), Association Chrétienne Autonome Evangélique protestante Bétel (ACAEPB), Association Thissaghnasse pour la Culture et le Développement (ASTICUDE), Association Jbel Ayachi pour le Développement Culturel, Social, Economique et de l’Environnement (Midelt, Maroc), Association Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture, AESVT Maroc, Association ARRAYHANE de la solidarité sociale et la protection de l’environnement, Alliance des Défenseurs des Droits Humains et de l’environnement au Tchad (ADHET), EVA ONG, RAEDD, ADSS, Association des Travailleurs Immigrés au Maroc (ATIMA), Association Tawaangal Nomades, vivre autrement, Association Guinéenne pour la Promotion des Energies Renouvelables- AGUIPER, Afrique Esperance ONG, Association pour la Protection de l’Environnement et du Développement Rural – Burkina Faso, Cistude Nature.

Women and Gender: Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), Association Entrelles entrepreneurs Souss Massa, Association AMAL”Femmes en Mouvement pour une Vie Meilleure, Association Femmes Bladi pour le Développement et le tourisme.

Workers and Trade Unions: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), CFDT.

Research: Urban Climate Change Research Network, Agence Nationale des Changements Climatiques (ANCC) – Algérie, Pôle International de Recherche et d’Appui aux Actions de Développement (PIRAAD) – Yaoundé, Cameroun


Contributors at the workshop:

Facilitators Tradition
Nigel Crawhall Buddhist IUCN CEESP Chair, Specialist Group on Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation & Climate Justice (RESPECC)
Valeriane Bernard Brahma Kumari Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
Anne-Marie Teeuwissen Interfaith Coordinatrice Cellule Théo-écologique, Morocco Interfaith & Peacebuilding Center, Rabita Mohammedia des Oulémas’.
Ven. Dr Miao Hai

Master Ren Da

Buddhist Zhengjue Monastery

Boshan, Zibo City

Shandong, China

Rev Elisa Mrutu Lutheran / Christian Hope For Tanzania

Allen Ottaro Catholic / Christian Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

Junghee Min Buddhist and Interfaith Convener, Inter-religious Climate & Ecology Network (Asia)

Lydia Mogano and Mariam Ismail-Baderoon Interfaith Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute & We Have Faith (Southern & East Africa)