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Faith Resources for Climate Negotiations

Next week, government officials, observers, and civil society stakeholders gather in Marrakech for the COP 22 climate negotiations to make major strategic decisions about the global response to climate change. Texas Interfaith Power and Light joins religious leaders and organizations around the world in praying for negotiators and encouraging people of faith to become actively involved in climate stewardship. Here are some resources to help you begin that conversation in your community.

Worship Resources

Why engage? Faithful Reflections from COP 21

"In the near future, many millions of God’s children around the world are expected to be completely dispossessed, and they will need our help. As one speaker at a presentation on climate threats to indigenous peoples said, ‘We need the rest of the world to help us learn to lose everything—our home, our way of life, our identity, our existence.’" -- Climate Refugees: “Help Us Learn to Lose Everything”

"The world needs each one of us to wake up and work toward a healthy, balanced, and sustainable future—to light up our lives in love, service, and action. How do we do that when things seem so bleak? Search for other awake, engaged, lit souls! Together you can shine more brightly." -- When All Seems Dark: A Hanukkah Reflection

"Will our prayer—either here at home or in the Climate Generations area of COP21—help move global leaders toward stronger commitments to climate action? I don’t know. But as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught: ‘The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song. Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.’" -- "Pop Up" Worship in Public Spaces at COP21

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