SACRED EARTH, SACRED TRUST

A Day of Prayer & Action for People & Planet

JUNE 12 - WORLDWIDE - #SacredEarth2016

FAITHS RISING FOR PEOPLE & PLANET

Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust was a worldwide, multi-faith day of prayer & action for the planet and a call for world leaders to commit to a 1.5 degree limit on global temperature rise.

Six months after world leaders reached the Paris Agreement, communities around the world came together in a day of beautiful commitment and blessing for the earth.

More than 150 actions & events took place worldwide, in 36 countries and across every continent! Click the arrows to see photos from events around the world.

Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust

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LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE

Click a marker on the map to find a Sacred Earth location near you. Don't see one? Start your own and let us know at signup@ourvoices.net

HOW TO JOIN IN

Around the world communities are celebrating our Sacred Earth in an incredible variety of ways. Our diversity is our strongest power.

Here are just a couple of the ways communities are joining in:

  1. Say a prayer, make a blessing, sing a song or meditate - on your own, with your family or bring your community together.
  2. Stage a sit in meditation outside a place that's important locally - a new fracking site, your town hall, a coal mine, or a place that's at risk.
  3. Hold your service outdoors, to reconnect the community to nature.
  4. Organise a community project - paint a mural, banners or build a sculpture.
  5. A march through your town, bring together people from your community and beyond around protecting our planet for the vulnerable.

After the celebrations we will join together in calling for action to protect the earth and vulnerable people around the world by sharing a photo or video lifting up the call for 1.5°C.

This could be a mural, a poster, writing in the sand or singing a song - the more creative the better!

Share yours using #SacredEarth2016

ENCYCLICAL CELEBRATIONS

Catholics around the world will celebrate the anniversary of 'Laudato Si', Pope Francis' Encyclical on climate change. Join in HERE

RAMADAN

Sacred Earth will be taking place during Ramadan and there will be a special climate change Iftar taking place on June 12 to celebrate. Click here for a guide to taking part.

SHAVUOT

We understand that Shavuot is on June 12 and so members of the Jewish community are taking part in Sacred Earth a few days later - exciting plans are underway including an interfaith eco sermon slam as part of a Jerusalem Eco Fair.

MOBILISATIONS

Mobilisations include Santiago, Chile’s first multi-faith environment action where people will come together for a vigil in Santiago’s central square and in Rio where scientists, faith communities and school children will come together for an action in Guanabara Bay.

FASTING

On June 12 communities around the world will fast together in solidarity with those affected by climate change. You can find out more & join in at: http://sacredearth2016.org/fast

MEDITATION

One Earth Sangha will be hosting a ​online meditation featuring Jayna Geiber from Earth Holder's Sangha and the Order of Interbeing tradition. Jayna will be offering guided meditations in the style of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh that develop our ability to skillfully connect with the climate crisis and avail ourselves to the heart's natural response. All are invited to register at the OneEarthSangha.org website for this live event on June 12 from noon to 1 pm US Eastern.

1.5°C KEEPS HOPE ALIVE

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1.5°C & 2°C OF WARMING MEANS EVERYTHING

The adopted Paris Agreement is an incredible first step, but much of what we have achieved hangs in balance.

The current commitments to reduce emissions condemn us to an extremely dangerous 2.7°C increase. And the goal governments gave themselves is still fixed around 2°C. But experts & activists are arguing for a vital push for 1.5°C as a true upper limit.

This seemingly small difference would prevent well over 100 million people from losing their homes due to droughts, floods, sea level rise and devastating storms.

In the face of this sobering reality, we need to continue the push for 1.5°C to keep hope alive - please share your photo on June 12 to help us do this!

We Will Celebrate

The earth as sacred; worthy of our respect, awe and veneration.

We Will Reaffirm

That ultimately, we aren´t earth’s owners, but rather her caretakers.

We will Reassert

Our moral responsibility for the well-being, interdependence of all life and show our solidarity with the most vulnerable.

PARIS WAS THE START.

Last December, representatives of 196 nations did something they’d never before been able to accomplish before. Gathered in Paris, they reached an international agreement on climate change.

Together our faith communities were at the heart of making this happen - we built a moral call of action that leaders couldn't ignore. But there is still more to do.

We need to shepherd in this new hope - we can't let politicians leave it at ambitious speeches. It's on us to make it real.