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Interfaith Groups Lead Major Mobilization for People’s Climate Marches

April 18, 2017

The Parliament of the World’s Religions and more than 800 organizations are proudly lending our involvement and support in partnership to promote the People’s Climate March, the second mass “People’s Climate Movement” mobilization for millions to walk together in a united call for “jobs, justice and climate” this spring.
On April 29, many millions will gather on the streets of Washington D.C.. (and in sister marches in cities and towns globally) in defense of science, expression of the world’s spiritual, religious and moral teachings and from the conscience of the human race. Marchers will appeal to political leaders and corporations to comply with international climate accords that commit world powers to the strongest possible changes needed. The demonstration will show the power of the climate movement, a rapidly growing community of millions determined to heighten public support of climate change advocacy and reverse the recent unraveling of climate policies undertaken by the new U.S.. administration.
Interfaith organizing for the People’s Climate March is turning out a weighty calendar of prayer events, demonstrations, luncheons, conferences and more that will maximize participation of – and between – faith and spiritual traditions across the country. Jointly co-organized by Interfaith Power & Light and GreenFaith, the “Faith Contingent” of the march is being planned with its own robust resource page to point supporters to participate in whichever ways they can (from bulletin inserts, to sermons and shareable promotional graphics, this page is a treasure trove of tools for people of faith). This includes organized meeting stations and special events throughout the march.
The Parliament is thrilled that participants in our community will out and active in the weekend’s events, and proud to celebrate the work of our Climate Action Task Force members who are investing major energy in making impact throughout events and campaigns. The most major among these is Faith Action Climate Week (April 17 – 23) with a theme this year of “Act on Climate,” an annual project created by Interfaith Power & Light, the nationwide coalition for which Parliament Task Force member Rev. Sally Bingham serves as President. Task Force Member Imam Saffet Catovic of Green Muslims of New Jersey and GreenFaith is serving as a core Muslim hub organizer for the march. Kaleb Nyquist will participate through a project called “Acting in Faith: Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days” which will bring people together throughout the weekend in training, lobbying and connecting several networks from Christian communities, especially young Evangelical Christians.
Parliament community members attending the People’s Climate March (and activities around sister cities worldwide) are welcome to wear Parliament-identified clothing and pins, carry signage identifying your PWR affiliation, and tag us in photos @InterfaithWorld on Twitter/Instagram and/or on the Parliament of the World’s Religions community page on Facebook.  The “Faith Flags” project can help share your faith-focused reason for marching.
Not able to march but want to support? Connect with Faith Action Climate Week to create a personal advocacy plan and find resources that suit your abilities and goals, or consider writing an op-ed sourcing the Parliament’s Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Change and why faith is a frame for climate advocacy that brings communities together.