Something about the climate movement that I have been witnessing for the last 7 months has been intriguing me.  This is primarily the religious aspect to the struggle.  Science…and religion?…are uniting their efforts? you ask.  To which I say, Yes! and more power to them!!

There was a recent conference at Windsor Castle in which leaders of 31 different faiths shared plans and ideas for greening their activities and promoting stabilization.  Christianity, Islam, and Judaism were all present, and apparently not arguing over issues of a Palestinian nature. 

Moreover, the holy Islamic city of Medina in Saudi Arabia (you heard me: SAUDI ARABIA) is slated to become a model green city.  That’s quite an inspiring committment!  (More here.)

I also read here that the World Council of Churches intends to express solidarity and call the world to action by enlisting churches around the world to toll their bells 350 times one day during the climate talks.  Some try to make this out to be a political, partisan move…  Unfortunately, the makers of these claims do not realize that the 192 OTHER nations who have converged at the UN to solve the climate change problem are not internally divided between red and blue states, that climate change is not a party issue, and that God is most likely colorblind (and I do use colorblind  in EVERY political and social sense of the word).

A while ago, there was an argument on one of the message boards I subscribe to whether or not the International Youth Delegation should endorse the religious standpoint of the environmental struggle.  I completely forget what everyone decided (I was still very new to this at the time); but I consider that however we are going to solve the problem as human beings, it is going to involve unprecedented coalition building and unity amongst diverse groups.

That will include unity between religious and secular groups, and between religious groups that politicians will try to convince their public can never coexist.

When I see all different religions come together to try to combat this problem, I feel a lot of hope.  Spirituality and religion can touch people in ways that science has not been able, and consumerism certainly never will.  Religious traditions reach across cultures and national borders; it reminds us that organized religion is not necessarily a method of enslavement or violence (a way of thinking which I have never bought, incidentally, although I don’t tend to affiliate with organized religion).

Most of the world’s people are religious, and those who embrace a more secular and scientific approach to life are undoubtedly already well aware of  the solid science behind human-induced climate change. (Here I must add that I have never bought the false dichotomy between science and religion, either).  Now that religious leaders have stepped up on this issue, it has the potential to motivate people even faster than our grassroots efforts, and certainly our governments. 

Tonight, I give my kudos to organized religion!