Religious actors and leaders have a significant role to play in building peace and addressing climate change. As part of the Partnership for Religion and Development’s (PaRD) Sustaining Peace Workstream, the Network is proud to have contributed to Geneva Peace Week’s digital series with the short video: “Faith and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential.”
This short video highlights the important role faith actors play in providing social and spiritual support to increase resilience in communities affected by the double hardship of climate change and conflicts, supporting communities to adapt to climate change and advocating for climate-sensitive ways of life. Examples from Pakistan and the Sahel region illustrate how the complex and intricate issues of the climate crisis in fragile contexts can be addressed through the active engagement of community members and faith actors.
The Network is a co-lead of the Partnership for Religion and Development’s Sustaining Peace Workstream and provided the technical assistance to produce this video in collaboration with fellow workstream members World Vision International, Islamic Relief Worldwide alongside Water, Environment and Climate Action workstream members UNEP Faith for Earth and the World Evangelical Alliance. The PaRD Sustaining Peace work-stream focuses on SDG16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels .