Parliament Joins World Environment Day 2020 Observance

June 4, 2020

Friday, June 5th marks the United Nations observance of World Environment Day. This year, the Parliament is partnerning with Parmarth Niketan and the GlobalInterfaith WASH Alliance for the program “United Nations to a United Creation: Bridging Science & Faith is the Solution”.

The program brings together leaders from the United Nations, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and other intergovernmental organisations, with revered faith leaders, heads of interfaith organizations and renowned scientists to discuss how, as we open from the Coronavirus lockdown, we can keep Mother Earth healthy while reinvigorating depressed economies and staying healthy ourselves.

Where is the intersection, in the world of the ‘New Normal’, between a healthy economy and a healthy environment? Mother Earth is now healing and it is essential that we recognize the crucial sacred and scientific importance of our planet’s biodiversity and work to protect it. What can individuals do to make a difference? Faith Leaders play an important role in directing cultural, social and political change in the world, especially in times of crisis. On World Environment Day, we will be asking scientists, leaders and experts to convey what messages they feel are most important to be conveyed and embodied by the faith leaders of the world today.

JOIN Parliament Chair Audrey Kitagawa, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, Rabbi David Rosen, Maulana Mahmood Madaniji, Renata Lok-Dessallien, Yasmin Ali Haque, Sue Coates, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Rev. Victor Kazanjian, Dr. Azza Karam, Erik Solheim, Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, Charles McNeill, Rev. Fletcher Harper, Dr. Rajwant Singh – EcoSikh, National Sikh Campaign, Sunita Narain and Satish Kumar, with divine music by Deva Premal and Miten.

In partnership with UNICEF, UN Environment Programme, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), United Religions Initiative, Religions for Peace International, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, Uplift Connect, Unify, The Shift Network and Faith for Earth


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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