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20/11/2017, 10:33

Spirituality, Climate Change, Community, Reciliency, COP23, Bonn



Climate-changes-and-Spirituality:-the-community-connection-to-their-lands-and-enhanced-resilience


 



This COP has seen the great risingin debate on adaptation and mitigation, national and regional plans andstrategic measures on climate change. Strong importance has been also given toprivate sector and to the role of the society. 

But climate change primarily stronglyimpact on communities, and their organization and collaborative efforts play anessential potential role on their resilience.In the side event Faith and Community Approach to ClimateChange the role of the community, their cohesion and the connection betweenindividuals - that faith rise - has been discussed on the discourse of climatechange. 

It can argued that climate changeindeed, is not only a matter of mechanism, plans and strategy - but also andfirst of all - it address the local level. Climate change can be also connectedto spiritual needs, and the spiritual and inner dimension is also a part of thecommunity strength and preparedness.By several examples and stories ofcommunities around the world thesession, has shown how spirituality,community empowerment and capacitybuilding at the small scalelevel represents an essential keypoint,to address adaptation and mitigation measures. 

Among financial and planning actionindeed is important to enhance the strong connectionsamong individuals and communities andtheir ability they can take of their land can be at the basis in order topromote -  the ownership and the sustainabilityof the actions and processes - by the community, said Kosha Jubert of GlobalEcovillage foundation - GEF. GEF that supports more 100 thousands of communities,  on the work of giving the communitiesthe ownership on protecting their land and focusing on the participatory designprocess. The believes of GEFs is that the communities can sustain and regeneratetheir lands working together and this a great effort to enhance theirresilience. 

Another examplehave been given by Green Asia Network, where the land suffers by the 78% of Mongolia Suffer from desertification.Here people have been involved in planting threes, through participativeand self-regenerative processes.

The session ended with an evocative prayer by Sister Jayanti from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to restore the inner peace ofthe audience and give energy to tackle climate change.

Domenico Vito


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