Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Faiths on climate change

Following an invitation from Anna Morell, the Archbishop's press officer, I attended a meeting at the BBC studios in Llandaff this morning, dedicated to exploring the interest of faith communities in environmental issues. An assortment of people present had interests in the subject as I do, and were interviewed privately, to camera, at various stages of the three hour session on specific topics to do with their environmental interests. Basically, BBC Wales created this event to collect material to use as part of a 'green' season of programmes leading up to the Copenhagen climate change conference next month. There's even a 'green' website to accompany the season.

We were treated to four twenty minute presentations from Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Christian contributors on what might loosely be called 'green' theological perspectives. It was an excellent and stimulating morning, ending with a half hour live Radio recording of 'All things Considered' with the four speakers as panellists. Unfortunately I missed this, since it was my turn to be interviewed. For the moment the podcast of the programme is here.

It was a worthwhile event, and demonstrates, as theologian Paula Clifford stated at the end of the Climate Change conference I worked on recently, that it's secular organisations that can give the kind of lead which faith groups will combine to follow, as there are no ecumenical or inter-faith organisations locally which are able to bring believers together in a common cause.

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