Local inter faith organisations and the environment
Example: Footsteps: Faiths for a low Carbon Future
A project of the Birmingham Council of Faiths
The Footsteps project was set up by a multifaith group in the autumn of 2015, around the time of the Paris conference on Climate Change. Basing its concerns on the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change. Footsteps has active Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu/Arya Samaj, Pagan and Sikh members and has made particular efforts to engage with young people.
Footsteps’ main annual event has been ‘Tread Lightly’ during national Inter Faith Week, held in a different place of worship each year. It is an opportunity to hear a range of presentations and to engage in round table discussions. There also has been the ‘Small Footsteps’ programme for young people aged 8 – 14 years. This was held as an annual week long summer programme of activities for 2 years and resources are being written up so that they can be shared more widely online. Since its inception many events have been held, including a ‘plastic free iftar’ during Ramadan and a local summer walk for all ages, highlighting green projects and opportunities e.g. by visiting the Low Carbon House.
By providing speakers and display materials to a number of local groups ranging from Climate Action West Midlands to Aston University, Footsteps continues to demonstrate that faiths are working together on climate issues.
For more information go to: https://bhamfaiths.org.uk/what-we-do/