What is the Global Ethic?
The Global Ethic is a landmark declaration of the Parliament of the World's Religions stating the universal values and principles shared by the world's religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions. Though it emerged from consultations with scholars and religious leaders from many of the world's religions and regions, the Global Ethic is a statement of basic ethical commitments shared by people throughout the globe, religious or not.
Why Should Anyone Care?
The Global Ethic responds to an urgent practical need as well as a deep spiritual hunger for clear moral guidance on the most fundamental issues of human life and conduct. It expresses a minimal set of principles for committed action in a world torn by violence, religious and racial hatred, oppression of women and minority groups, extremes of wealth and poverty, and the growing threat of climate change and destruction of the natural world. A major achievement of the Global Ethic is to demonstrate that there is agreement on these issues. It recognizes that beyond legislated laws and conventions there must be changes in people's minds, hearts, and ways of life.