As we look at this past year, we can see the devastating effects of earthquakes and climate instability.
The Temple of Understanding has been a trailblazer in interfaith climate justice and on how climate change relates to women's issues, food sovereignty, and human rights. At the United Nations, we participate in committees and high level forums to advocate for environmental justice in international peacekeeping efforts. Our unique perspective of seeing both the details and the big picture has been informed by the many visionary women who have contributed to our organization over the past 58 years.
Women of Faith Speak Out: Towards Resetting the Global Moral Compass
Alison Van Dyk, Chung Ohun Lee, Vandana Shiva, Azza Karam, Lopa Banerjee
Parliament of the World's Religions, Toronto, 2018
We celebrate the rise of women in powerful positions who are advocating care for the earth: the plants, animals, and ecosystems of which humanity is a part. As our founder Juliet Hollister believed, we are all connected. The shake-up of so many old institutions is just part of the process of change. This is an exciting time to be involved in interfaith justice work.
Here are specific contributions made by the TOU this past year:
- Summer Student Internship program which teaches global citizenship
- UN Commission on the Status of Women conference where we convened a parallel event highlighting women's leadership and empowerment
- Green Attica Symposium where we focused on water rights of individuals and communities
- Six workshops highlighting environmental issues and women's initiatives at the Parliament of the World's Religions, where we also showed our film Roots of Change
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