November 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC — Leading members of the Obama Administration and faith leaders took part in the “The Symposium on Religion and Climate Change,” hosted by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. EcoSikh attended the conference and engaged with faith leaders from across the country and various faith backgrounds to better understand religion’s role in climate change policy and advocacy.
The organizers of the two-day event outlined the purpose of the conference:
“In the lead-up to the momentous UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP-21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, we are bringing together leaders from America’s diverse faith community to explore the theological, ethical, scientific, social, and policy dimensions of climate change. This group of faith leaders, representatives of faith-based NGOs, academic leaders, and government policy-makers will address the complex intersection of faith, science, and policy that surrounds the challenge of global climate change.”
The symposium, which took place at Georgetown University, the State Department, and the White House, brought together high-level officials from the Obama Administration, such as Department of Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz; faith leaders from many traditions; and climate experts. It also provided a forum for which organizations and individuals could learn more about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 2015 Conference of Parties, taking place now in Paris, France.