About 60 people of different faiths came together today in Jerusalem calling for action on climate change, as global negotiations by 200 countries to address the climate crisis began in Paris. The event took place at Zion Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, and was one of 2,000 actions in 140 cities worldwide, including Tel Aviv and Ramallah. It coincided with the delivery of a petition to climate negotiators in Paris, signed by over 1.8 million people calling for climate justice.
The gathering on Mt. Zion joined a global, diverse movement that is taking to the streets and demanding climate action. The event was part of the Global Climate March, in which millions of people marched in recent days to tell governments to keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Current commitments by governments in Paris fall far short of what scientists say is needed to enable a livable planet. Therefore clergy and people of faith in Jerusalem underscored the urgency of addressing the climate crisis by coming together at this critical time.
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development organized the event at Zion gate. Based in Jerusalem, its mission is to catalyze a transition to a sustainable human society through the active leadership of faith communities.