Zen Peacemaker Affiliate
Because the Earth and all people are sacred and at risk, GreenFaith is building a worldwide, multi-faith climate and environmental movement. Together our members create communities to transform ourselves, our spiritual institutions, and society to protect the planet and create a compassionate, loving and just world.
Tell us a bit about how your group was concieved
We were formed in New Jersey in 1992 as a volunteer, multi-faith group addressing the link between religion and the environment. Over the years we have grown to work first locally, then nationally, and now internationally as a grassroots, multi-faith, climate justice activist organization.
How many members do you serve? 40000
Tell us about one exciting project, program, or other offering you are currently working on.
We are supporting the development of GreenFaith Circles - local religiously-based climate action hubs - in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. There are more than 100 Circles which are campaigning against new fossil fuel projects, deforestation and related financing, and in support of universal access to clean, affordable, reliable energy and green jobs that can lift people out of poverty while they build a sustainable and just future.
How do the Three Tenets inform your social engagement?
Our work is based on the combination of the Three Tenets. All people benefit from a Not-Knowing approach to climate change - the crisis is so new and we all must recognize the insufficiency of our existing mindsets about it. This mind-opened perspective flows naturally to Bearing Witness and Taking action - which is exactly what we do in the campaigns and mobilizations that we participate in.
What is the most meaningful challenge your organization Faces?
More and more religious people are concerned about climate change. However, most are not yet sensitized or mobilized to collectively speak on climate justice issues, and often assume that this is too technical a subject, or a political matter that should be left for the scientists and the state. GreenFaith helps diverse religious people develop skillful means of putting their belief into action for the planet.
For more information: info@greenfaith.org
GreenFaith -
1216 Broadway, NY, NY 10001