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Multifaith leaders to gather in Israel and around the world for ‘climate repentance’

Jews to join forces with Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists; citing security concerns, Egypt refuses to let event be held at site believed by many to be biblical Mount Sinai

Religious leaders call to stop using fossil fuels at at the UN COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 9, 2022.  Among them (center) is Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of the Israeli Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. (Courtesy)
Religious leaders call to stop using fossil fuels at at the UN COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 9, 2022. Among them (center) is Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of the Israeli Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. (Courtesy)

Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists from Israel, Egypt, the US, India, Spain and the UK plan to gather Sunday around the world to call on global leaders to act for “climate repentance” and to implement ten climate principles.

The events — planned to take place in Jerusalem, London, the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and other locations — are timed to coincide with the United Nations COP27 climate conference currently being held in Egypt, which ends on November 18.

London’s event will be held at the foot of Parliament Hill.

Among the faith leaders expected to participate are Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (Istanbul), Swami Chidanand Saraswati from India, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf from the US, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg from London.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is also known as the Green Patriarch due to his dedication to environmental issues, released a statement ahead of the event decrying the “abuse of nature and the exploitation of its resources” as a “sin against God the Creator and the gift of creation.”

The events are being organized by Rabbi Yonatan Neril’s Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Elijah Interfaith Institute and the Adam Teva V’Din environmental advocacy organization — all Israel-based organizations.

The original plan was to hold a large event on Jabal Musa, believed by many to be the biblical Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

But the Egyptian government refused to allow it, citing security reasons.

The “Ten Principles for Climate Repentance” cited by the organizers are:

  1. We are stewards of this world
  2. Creation manifests divinity
  3. Everything in life is interconnected
  4. Do no harm
  5. Look after tomorrow
  6. Rise above ego for our world
  7. Change our inner climate
  8. Repent and return
  9. Every action matters
  10. Use mind, open heart

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