Parliament Joins Green Hope Foundation for Official COP15 Side Event

December 8, 2022

On Saturday, December 10th the Parliament of the World’s Religions and Green Hope Foundation are hosting an official side event of COP15: The UN Biodiversity ConferenceIntergenerational Perspectives on Faith and Biodiversity will bring together an intergenerational panel of subject matter experts to discuss an intersectional approach to address the biodiversity challenges that confront us, levering the teachings of faith and spirituality to create harmony between people and planet.

The accelerating rate of biodiversity loss is threatening the fragile balance of our planet, putting at almost irrevocable risk the future survival of humanity. There are complex forces at play and solutions need to be innovative, inclusive and pragmatic, engaging all stakeholders. Faith-based organizations have an outreach of almost 80% of humanity and, in partnership with multiple stakeholders, can play a determining role in charting the course for biodiversity conservation, leveraging the respect for nature that is inherent in all faiths.

According to the organizers, “The UN Biodiversity Conference is the most significant conference on biodiversity in a decade. It will see the adoption of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The framework provides a strategic vision and a global roadmap for the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next decade.”

When: 10th December from 4pm-5pm ET

Where: Faith Pavilion, Blue Zone, Room 220c in Montreal, Canada

Featuring:

Rosalind Helfand: Thematic Lead, UN Women Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice
Sasha Alexander: Senior Policy Officer, UN Convention to Combat Desertificatio
Kusumita Pedersen: Trustee, Parliament of the World’s Religions
Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen: Representative, Baha’i International Community
Sanae Okamoto: Behavioural Scientist, United Nations University
Kehkashan Basu, M.S.M.: Founder-President, Green Hope Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.


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