Faiths and the environment

21st September 2012

The Westminster Cathedral interfaith group, which has been meeting for six years, will be considering Green teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims in a new series on “Faiths and the environment” between October and April.

Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 4p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace on the right of the main entrance to Westminster Cathedral.

Dates are October 17, November 21, January 16 2013, February 20 2013 and April 17 2013.

All are welcome and it would be helpful if you could read the book beforehand. Copies are available at £4.99 from http://www.sharingeden.org/  bookshops (including St Paul's Cathedral bookshop) or Amazon.co.uk.

Contact John Woodhouse 0790 8888 586 preferably by text for more details.

The authors will be attending some of the sessions.

Sharing Eden, A handbook to sustainable living
by Natan Levy, David Shreeve and Harfiyah Haleem
edited by Lindsay Swan

Leading UK Jewish, Christian and Muslim environmentalists have come together to launch Sharing Eden - a unique handbook that uses the teachings of the Abrahamic faiths to encourage a greener lifestyle for all.

With more than 45 million self-identifying Jews, Christians and Muslims in the UK, driving more sustainable living in these communities, as well as further afield, could make a significant positive impact on our environment.

This introductory handbook combines beautiful and enlightening texts from each faith's religious teachings and worship to address some of the most prominent environmental issues faced today, such as waste, climate change and biodiversity.

Drawing from both scripture and personal experience, each author brings a contemporary focus to the eternal challenge of caring for the environment and provides practical advice on how we can all do our share to protect the Earth, whether we have a faith or not.

On January 16 2013 the group will be joined by Karen Lawrence from  Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT)  an independent charity working for a cleaner, greener, healthier Peterborough.

PECT delivers a range of projects and initiatives working with local people, communities, schools, businesses, local authorities and voluntary organisations. Their aim is to create a truly sustainable Peterborough...the UK's Environment Capital.

PECT was set up to respond to the challenge set by Peterborough's designation in 1992 as one of four UK Environment Cities along with Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough. Since this time they have established a track record in delivering innovative and award-winning environmental projects of local and national significance.

Our Vision: A sustainable Peterborough.

Our Mission: To lead and support the city in establishing itself as the UK’s Environment Capital - an exemplar of how to deliver truly sustainable growth in order to improve the overall quality of life of its people, communities and environment.

Faith in the Environment

Faith in the Environment is an innovative three year project in Peterborough which is providing people from different faiths with the opportunity to understand how their lifestyle choices impact the environment locally and globally. All of the groups, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian, have taken part in workshops about climate change and its impacts both in the UK and around the world; along with various other green activities throughout the last two years.

‘Keeping the Faith, Saving the Planet’

This exhibition, which took place between July and September,  was the culmination of two and a half years work and commitment to this project and demonstrated the immense artistic talent and diversity of the faith groups of Peterborough. It provided them with the chance to show off what they have learned and pass on their new environmental knowledge to the rest of the city.

The Westminster Cathedral interfaith group has  discovered together that the environment is an umbrella that all people from all cultures and faiths can stand under together because how well we look after it effects all our futures forever!