The Commonwealth Jewish Council is taking a leading role on environmental issues and will be participating in COP26, the global United Nations climate change conference taking place next month in Glasgow.
The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together heads of state, climate experts, young people, civil society, trade unions etc, to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.
CJC will be hosting a hybrid online and in-person panel, ‘Are Religious Leaders Rising to the Climate Challenge?’
The Commonwealth Jewish Council recognises that religion is one of the most potent and motivating forces in human society.
Unfortunately, far too often the power of religious communities is overlooked in international affairs and only perceived as a source of trouble rather than idealistic action for the good of Humankind. If religions and their leaders are not on board with the need to address climate change, arguably, huge proportions of the world’s population will not be moved to take the matter seriously.
This panel will explore not only what religions have to say about the topic but, more importantly, what religions are doing and can do to improve the world on this front.
Join us at 13:30 (UK) on Monday 1st November 2021 in the Science Show Theatre, Glasgow.
Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC) Chief Executive Clive Lawton is one of the many people working behind the scenes. Speaking to the SA Jewish Report from his home in the United Kingdom, he says he is alarmed that the men have been held in detention for more than a week without being charged. “That would indicate it’s only an investigation, but they still have no legal representation, and how can such an investigation take more than a week?”
He says the CJC has written to the Nigerian high commissioner to the Commonwealth, His Excellency Sarafa Tunji Isola, urging him to pressure his government to release them soon. “They are being detained on the flimsiest of pretexts. I’m sure the Nigerian government wouldn’t want to cultivate an image that foreign visitors can be snatched up on spurious accusations,” says Lawton.
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This Shabbat is #worldenvironmentday and here at the CJC we’ve spent the week looking at our role in the environmental challenges we all face.
It’s been a busy week, these are just a few of the things we’ve been up to: Started our climate network with representatives from both small and large communities; including Canada, Zimbabwe, Gibraltar, UK, Jamaica and so many others!
We’ve had our first climate champions meeting with representatives from across the commonwealth. We listened to eachother’s challenges and started to think about some global campaigns. Watch. This. Space. Our women’s climate group has started with some amazing projects already being worked on.
Thinking about our involvement with #cop26 and meeting with the amazing #makecopcount group, to work on faith involvement at this crucial event. Check out our climate change manifesto here – have a look and let us know how you’d like to be involved!
Inspiring video message from future head of the Commonwealth, the Prince of Wales about the contribution of religious communities, for Faith in the Commonwealth online panel.
On Monday 29th June, the Commonwealth Jewish Council held a “Faith in the Commonwealth” multi-faith webinar featuring a video message from HRH The Prince of Wales and contributions from religious leaders.
Six religious leaders, spanning five different traditions, spoke at the webinar, including the Archbishop of Kigali Mgr. Antoine Kambanda, Archbishop of Kigali (Roman Catholic), Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Jewish) and the Bishop of London Dame Sarah Mullally (Anglican). Other speakers were Dr Chinmay Pandya (Hindu), Dr Jhutti-Johal (Sikh) and Professor Ebrahim Moosa (Muslim). In their contributions, they discussed the role religions play in strengthening society around the Commonwealth.
The webinar was chaired by Dr Joanna Newman, Chief Executive of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and advisor to the Commonwealth Jewish Council.