Candlelight interfaith vigil of prayer, witness, song, and meditation Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm in Union Square. At the vigil, representatives of different faith communities will offer one- or two-sentence prayers while lighting their candles (or solar lanterns). These lights will be symbols of our hope that the negotiations in Lima will be carried out in a spirit of love, compassion, and caring. To sign up to represent your faith community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Sponsored by the #LightForLima NYC Interfaith Coalition part of the #LightForLima project of OurVoices.net – “bringing faith to the Climate Talks” Co-sponsors (list in formation): GreenFaith, Sisters of Charity, Zen Center New York City Earth Initiative For more information, search #LightForLima interfaith vigil NYC on Facebook.
World leaders will come together in Lima, Peru this December for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 20/CMP 10). They’ll be working to establish the fundamentals of a strong, global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – an agreement that we hope will then be finalized in Paris in 2015.
These leaders need to know that we’re holding their work in our thoughts, meditations and prayers. As they start their work, join us in a vigil –
• for strong action by world governments in response to the climate crisis, including meaningful progress in Lima
• for governments to fulfill and even increase their pledges to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, which will assist poor nations in dealing with the climate crisis
• for justice for the poor, who have done the least to contribute to the climate crisis, but are most vulnerable to its effects
As citizens of the so-called First World, we recognize our responsibility for having despoiled and destabilized the global climate. As people of faith, we recognize our moral responsibility to do everything we can to reverse the worst effects of our society’s wastefulness, and to work to restore Creation. We also recognize our special responsibility to our brothers and sisters the world over who are already dealing with the devastating impacts of climate destabilization.
As people of faith we can make a difference. As humanity finally begins to grapple with this existential crisis, we must ensure that our actions are grounded in the values held by all faiths – respect for the natural environment, a passion to do justice for the vulnerable, and a deep love for one another.