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‘Living the Change’ – global, multi-faith sustainable living campaign la …

OXFORD, England — Yesterday at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, a Climate Outreach Masterclass served as the UK launch of “Living the Change”, an international campaign bringing together people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds with sustainable consumption experts to champion sustainable lifestyles.

This groundbreaking initiative, coordinated by GreenFaith, features a global network of Implementing Partners, including:

  • Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (Multi-faith)
  • The Bhumi Project (Hindu)
  • The Global Catholic Climate Movement (Roman Catholic Christian)
  • Global Muslim Climate Network (Muslim)
  • Hazon (Jewish)
  • One Earth Sangha (Buddhist)
  • World Council of Churches (Protestant and Orthodox Christian)
  • World Evangelical Alliance (Evangelical Christian)

According to Caroline Bader, Director of Living the Change: “This is the first time in history that such a broad coalition of religious organizations from around the world is cooperating to promote sustainable lifestyles and behavior change.”

The Climate Outreach Masterclass also highlighted new research, commissioned in part for Living the Change, on best practices for sharing narratives around climate change within faith-based communities.  “We were delighted to host faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian communities to develop genuine climate conversations that speak to the values of these key audiences,” reported Executive Director Jamie Clarke.

Living the Change is inviting faith-driven individuals to make sustainable living commitments in the areas of diet, transportation, and energy use. These pledges will be presented at the Global Climate Action Summit in September, along with a global, multi-faith week of celebrations on October 7-14, 2018.

Religious and spiritual leaders and communities are invited to contact Living the Change to explore how they can join the journey towards sustainable living.

Living the Change is a multi-faith initiative on sustainable living supported by KR Foundation. Through commitments in the areas of diet, transportation, and energy use, Living the Change seeks to drive lifestyle-related reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please visit livingthechange.net.

GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental organization whose mission is to educate, organize, and mobilize people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds to become environmental leaders. For more information, please visit greenfaith.org.

Climate Outreach is a team of social scientists and communication specialists who specialize in values-based climate change communication. For more information, please visit climateoutreach.org.

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