Resources for Eco-Prayer and a Thriving Earth
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International Climate Declarations
Paris Agreement - The Paris Agreement produces and communicates objective analyses to assist the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. ParisAgreement.org seeks to identify technical gaps and catalyze change so that countries can effectively address climate change.
Sustainable Innovation Forum - The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The UNFCCC which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties. The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology - The Forum on Religion and Ecology is the largest international multireligious project of its kind. With its conferences, publications, and website it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, ethics, and practices in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns. The Forum recognizes that religions need to be in dialogue with other disciplines (e.g., science, economics, education, public policy) in seeking comprehensive solutions to both global and local environmental problems. Research References http://fore.research.yale.edu/education/
European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment - The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment promotes scholarly and critical inquiry into the relationships between human beings and their diverse cultures, environments and religious beliefs and practices.
YaleEnvironment 360 - Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues. We feature original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news.
World Religion and Traditions Climate and Environmental Resources
Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) - The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) is a multi-dimensional organization, that has earned an international reputation as leaders in developing a specifically Islamic approach to environmental protection and natural resource management.
Encyclical Letter LAUDATO SI’ of the Holy Father Francis on the Care of Our Common Home - Laudato si' is an encyclical letter from Pope Francis in which he critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified global action"
Rabbinic Letter on Climate - 425 rabbis signed a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis, calling for vigorous action to prevent worsening climate disruption and to seek eco-social justice.
Hindu Declaration on Climate Change - The Hindu Declaration on Climate Change is a global call to the 900 million Hindus living worldwide to lead lives in harmony and balance with the natural world. It also asks world leaders to find long and lasting solutions to climate change at the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris (COP21).
Buddhist Leaders Call For Climate Change Action At Paris Talks - A dozen Buddhist authorities, in what they’re calling an unprecedented effort, appeal to world leaders to take strong climate change action.
World Methodist Council - Honoring 1st September as a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Ecospirituality Resources - Ecospirituality Resources connects concern for creation with growing faith in the Mystery within it, integrates new scientific discoveries with beliefs and lifestyles, and deepens understanding of threats to Earth’s life systems and our call to respond.
Web of Creation - The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives.
Interfaith Power & Light - The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.
Eco-Congregation Scotland - Does your church celebrate Creation Time?
Alliance for Religions and Conservation - ARC is a secular body that helps the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices.
Jewcology - Jewcology is a project of graduates of ROI, who have come together to create a resource for the entire Jewish-environmental community. Jewcology incorporates collaboration from a wide range of Jewish environmental leaders and organizations worldwide. This project was funded by the ROI Innovation Fund.
Partnership for Earth Spirituality - The Partnership for Earth Spirituality is a non-profit membership organization which brings together people from various religious traditions, ages, cultures and economic backgrounds to promote a better understanding of the interdependence of ecology and spirituality. The Partnership's vision is explored through retreats, forums, seasonal rituals, wilderness experiences, programs for children, hands-on projects and education for sound environmental policies.
Presbyterians for Earth Care - Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC), formerly Presbyterians for Restoring Creation, invites individuals and congregations to participate in the growing earth care movement within the PC(USA). PEC is a national eco-justice network that cares for God’s creation by connecting, equipping, and inspiring Presbyterians to make creation care a central concern of the church.
Presbyterian Church (USA) Environmental Ministries - PC(USA) Environmental Ministries exists to equip and connect you, your church, and your presbytery for your earth care ministry. Join us in this vital, meaningful work for God’s creation.
Quaker Earthcare Witness - Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of Friends (Quakers) in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth -Connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.
United Church of Christ Environmental Ministries - When confronted with environmental responsibility, people of faith now face an additional choice: to live in despair or to live with hope. We in the United Church of Christ are called to live with hope. We are called to go beyond lifestyle adjustment. We are called to spiritual and lifestyle transformation based on justice and reverence for all of God's creatures and creation. We are called by Jesus to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. With God's grace, we invite individuals to transform their lives and their communities to become hopeful, restorative, and just.
National Religious Partnership for the Environment - The National Religious Partnership for the Environment brings together a diverse alliance of faith institutions and leaders in order to bring voice and action on behalf of caring for God's Creation. NRPE offers resources and accounts of how people of faith are acting upon God's mandate to be stewards of God's Earth.
Creation Justice Ministries - Creation Justice Ministries represents the creation care and environmental justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States.
Mennonite Creation Care Network - Mennonite Creation Care Network is a Christian organization affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Church Canada. Our primary focus is the Mennonite community, but anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation is welcome to join us.
Greenfaith - GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition for the environment that was founded in 1992 working with houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.
Evangelical Environmental Network - Petition to protect national and public lands.
Earth Sangha - Founded in 1997, the Earth Sangha is a nonprofit public charity based in the Washington, DC, region. Our mission is ecological restoration as a form of socially engaged Buddhism. Although we work in the spirit of Buddhist practice, our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and our work is secular and science-based.
Episcopal Ecological Network - The EpEN's mission is to educate, encourage, and facilitate congregations, dioceses, provinces, and the Episcopal Church, USA, toward local, regional, national, and international activities for the stewardship of God's Creation.
EarthCare - EarthCare is a Christian organization that exists to promote stewardship of creation especially within the Christian community. It seeks to raise environmental awareness and participation through various educational programs (such as sponsoring semiannual workshops, maintaining an informative website, and distributing resource materials), and by modeling creation care values in our daily lives. EarthCare also exists to provide a medium for fellowship, interaction, and inspiration for Christians concerned with the biblical mandate to be stewards of God's creation.
First Nations Environmental Network - The First Nations Environmental Network - is a national organization of individuals, non-profit groups and Nations who are actively working on environmental issues.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Environmental Justice Program - The Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.
Nature and Ecosystem Resources
National Geographic - The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting our planet. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the world each year and inspire new generations through our education initiatives and resources.
Earth's Endangered Creatures - Earth's Endangered Creatures lists endangered plants and animals of the world that are threatened with extinction. It is split into 11 parts--seven of which are the seven continents of our planet and also an Oceanic, Middle East, and Central America category. Hawaii is the endangered species capital of the world and has been individually categorized. Be sure and visit this section as well when searching for North American endangered species.
BBC Earth - Nature news stories from the BBC
The Encyclopedia of Earth - The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The content is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Biohabitats - The mission of Biohabitats is to restore the earth and inspire Ecological Stewardship, as well as inspire communities to rediscover a sense of place through preserving indigenous ecosystems, restoring biological diversity, and inspiring ecological stewardship.
Dot Earth - Dot Earth was created to explore ways to balance human needs and the planet's limits.
Organizations and Individuals Making a Difference
Earthwatch Institute - Earthwatch Institute mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
Jane Goodall's Good For All News - Inspiring news about the environment and earth brought to you by the Jane Goodall Institute
Conservation International - Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
The Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Thomas Berry and the Great Work - The mission of the Thomas Berry Foundation is to carry out the Great Work of Thomas in enhancing the flourishing of the Earth community.
Work that Reconnects Network - A community of Work That Reconnects facilitators and supporters linked together for communication, collaboration and mutual support.
Joanna Macy and Her Work - Joanna Macy Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learning from five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
Earth Charter Initiative - The mission of Earth Charter International is to actively participate, in a systemic and integrated way, in the present transition to sustainable ways of living on the planet, founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, social and economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.
United Nations Environment Programme - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
World Wildlife Foundation - The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Ocean Conservancy - Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges, creating science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
Global Coral Reef Alliance - The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a small, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing the most threatened of all marine ecosystems—coral reefs. Founded in 1990. GCRA is a coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists and other individuals and organizations, committed to coral reef preservation. We primarily focus on coral reef restoration, marine diseases and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress and pollution.
Sierra Club - The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Bioneers - Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.
Humane Society of the United States - The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.
On Sustainability - Interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect.
Radical Joy for Hard Times - Radical Joy for Hard Times is a worldwide community of people dedicated to bringing meaning, beauty, and value to places that have been damaged by human or natural acts.
350.org - 350.org is building a global climate movement. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.
International Union for Conservation of Nature - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - Our birds and wildlife are increasingly vulnerable in a rapidly-changing world. Together, we can create bigger, better, more joined-up spaces to save our wildlife, and our shared home.
Earth Journalism Network - Internews developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. With a mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage and over 8,000 members from 120 countries, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of topics, develops ground-breaking digital media sties, establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through workshops and development of training materials, Fellowship programs, support for story production and distribution, and dispersing small grants.
Biohabitats - A list of select publications by featured experts and scholars
Science and Environmental Health Network - SEHN is a consortium of North American environmental organizations concerned about the misuse of science in ways that failed to protect the environment and human health.
Environmental Legal Resources
Natural Resource Defense Council - NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund - CELDF provides free and affordable legal services, education and organizing help to communities facing threats to their local environment, agriculture, economy, and quality of life.
Australian Earth Laws Alliance - The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) was created in early 2012 to carry out research, education, promotional and activist work that furthers the understanding, theoretical development and practical application of Earth Jurisprudence or ‘Earth Laws’ and ‘Wild Law’ in Australia.
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature - The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) is a global network of organizations and individuals committed to the universal adoption and implementation of legal systems that recognize, respect and enforce “Rights of Nature”. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, the time has come to recognize that natural communities have the right to exist, maintain and regenerate their vital cycles.
Statistics about the economic and societal benefits of solar power.
Photo and Image Resources
Wikipedia Commons - A collection of millions of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
TrekEarth - TrekEarth is dedicated to fostering a global community interested in photography from around the world. TrekEarth members strive to provide engaging photographs and useful critiques for each other and the entire internet community.
National Geographic Photography - Great photography happening across National Geographic
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - The NOAA Photo Library has been built so as to capture the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency. (MORE)
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Picture gallery of the universe provided by NASA.
Hubble Site - Images from the Hubble telescope.
Wildscreen Arkive - ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen. With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, we are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.
Pexels - Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.
Pixabay - All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.
Public Domain Archive - New 100% Free Stock Photos. Every. Single. Week.
Freeimages - Free images is a high quality resource of digital stock photography for use by all.
Flickr - Flickr is a great place to connect with friends and family, find new and amazing images from photographers all over the globe, and let others catch a glimpse of your vision of the world!
Photobucket - Photobucket is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle.
Pixnio - High quality copyright free pictures, no rights reserved and without any restriction.
US Library of Congress - Resource of links and galleries related to the US Library of Congress science reference services.
Raster Vecor - List of websites that offer images that are either public domain or have very generous usage rights.
Forestry Images - Links to images related to the world forests.
73 Best Sites To Find Awesome Free Images - Canva collected and ranks the best sites on the internet to find free and royalty free images
explore - explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.
I Am Eco Warrior - IAMECO Warrior seeks to raise awareness by building a global community of influencers, innovators, visionaries etc for a sustainable future.
Green World Rising - Green World Rising is a series of short films on the state of climate and solutions to the climate crisis. All the films of Green World Rising are for global distribution, free to the public and hold a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International.
Living on Earth - Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Every week approximately 250 Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth's news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.
Renewal - Renewal is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist andMuslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, thesewomen and men are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth are the heart of Renewal.
What A Wonderful World With David Attenborough -- BBC - Watch this one! Amazing!