Inter Faith Dialogue on Climate Change 2015 by MCCG
Climate change is happening in this century. Time is ticking when world leaders failed to take strong actions against climate change issue. This raises concern from different religion groups as taking care of the environment to maintain a harmonious living between every living organism on Earth has been strongly embed in the religion’s teaching.
This has urged two religious groupings to raise their voices for the environment. Pope Francis released an encyclical named “Laudato Si” on 18th June 2015. The subtitle is “On Care For Our Common Home”. On 18th August 2015,Muslim leaders released Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change. Buddhist and Hindu leaders are stepping up to release their own declarations this year.
It is clear that religion groups foresee the importance of tackling climate change issue at present without delay. With the current faithful followers from each religion, it comprises around 84% of world’s population. This definitely increases the awareness of people and urging world leaders to act fast.
Malaysian Climate Change Group (MCCG) is organising an INTER FAITH DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. It is formed by groupnon-governmental organisations which are actively addressing climate change issues. Among them are Environmental Protection Society, Malaysia (EPSM), Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Perak Consumers’ Association (PCA), Global Environment Centre (GEC) and WWF Malaysia.
- Date: 11th Oct, 2015 – Sunday
- Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
- Venue: Ilham Gallery, 5th Flr, Ilham Tower, No. 8 Jln Binjai,
This is a great opportunity for Malaysian to get a wider knowledge on climate change from the perspective of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous, Islamic, Ethical.
Let’s gather, understand and share the knowledge on climate change from different religion groups. Save the date and be there for this meaningful event.
Faith plays a prominent role in the lives of many, and as the issue of climate change becomes more pressing by the day, alternative, innovative measures are being taken to address it. The interfaith dialogue on climate change works to advocate for climate change at communal and individual levels by appealing to different representations of faith and the importance that the environment, and its protection, plays in their philosophies. On the 11th of October 2015, the Malaysian Climate Change Group is hosting an interfaith dialogue on climate change which will explore religious and moral teachings in Malaysia to facilitate behavioural changes amongst Malaysians. Here to speak to us about this dialogue is Lavanya Rama Iyer, Head of Policy and Climate Change at WWF Malaysia and Coordinator of the Malaysian Climate Change Group (MCCG) and Anthony Tan, Executive Director of Centre for Environment, Technology and Development (CETDM) and Past Coordinator of MCCG.
- 1.30pm Registration
- 2.00pm Welcome by MC
- Mr Anthony Tan, Executive Director, CETDEM & Past Coordinator, MCCG
- Welcome Address by Coordinator, MCCG
- Ms Lakshmi Lavanya Rama Iyer, Head of Policy and Climate Change, WWF-M
- 2.05pm Keynote Speech (TBC) / Short video on climate change
- 2.20 pm Introduction to Dialogue by Moderator:
- Dato’ J. Jagadeesan, Founding Member and Adviser of Friendship Group for Inter-Religious Service (FGIS)
- Buddhist perspective – Ms Loh Pai Ling, President, Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia
- Christian perspective – Dr Mrs Jude Selvaraj, Coordinator, Ministry of Women’s Desk, Archdiocese Office of Human Development & Chairperson of the Episcopal Commission of Justice and Peace-Environment (2013-2015)
- Hindu perspective – Mr Gangadara Vadivel Sinnadurai, Hon. Advisor, Hindu Youth Organisation Petaling Jaya
- Indigenous perspective – Ms Jannie Lasimbang, Secretariat Director, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia
- Islamic perspective – Prof. Datin Dr. Azizan Baharuddin, Director General, Institute Kesefahaman Islam Malaysia
- Ethical perspective – Mr K Haridas Nair, Chairman, Initiatives of Change in Malaysia & Chairman, Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia
- 3.30pm Dialogue with the audience
- 4.15pm Wrap-up by Moderator
- 4.30pm Refreshments