Welcome to the Faith Ecology Network - an interfaith network of people connecting faith with ecological awareness and care.

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FEN is an Australian hub for strengthening an interfaith dialogue between science and religion. We encourage action between different faith communities regarding ecological insights through holding events, producing publications and sharing information through our networks and on social media. Our network includes people from, but not limited to Aboriginal, Anglican, Bahá’í, Buddhist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Quaker, and Uniting Church faith traditions.

FEN aims to:

To share a mutual appreciation of religious traditions regarding ecological insights
To discern and foster religious reasons for environmental advocacy
To strengthen the dialogue of science and religion between different faith groups, professionals and the community

What we do:

Through the network, we share the experience of religious and cultural diversity which enhances the depths of one’s own religious tradition. We grow in understanding of the connections between faith and ecology. We build up networks within and between faith traditions and environmentalists.

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    TEN WAYS FAITH GROUPS CAN LOOK AFTER AUSTRALIA'S BIODIVERSITY

    FEN has released a two page pamphlett to help members to encourage their faith groups to work to enhance and protect biodiversity.  Get the brochure here.

    2020 vision – Having eyes to see how things really are


    "Adults have often lost the ability to wonder in awe. The way that children look at the world as if
    everything is new and worth examining is exactly how discoveries are made." Jo Harding, Manager Bush Blitz

    Late in 2019, a FEN Steering Team got together in Sydney and, following the suggestion of ecologist
    member Haydn Washington, decided on our 2020 focus of the WONDER OF BIODIVERSITY. Biodiversity is
    the variety of all life forms on earth - the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the
    ecosystems of which we are a part. We humans, as part of the animal kingdom, are also diverse.
    Our various faith traditions and the sciences do have something in common. We all share a sense of
    WONDER at the natural world. The gift of learning from the sciences about the millions of Earth’s known
    species has enhanced our ability to WONDER at the singularity, complexity, beauty and intricacy of all of
    the web of life. Australia with its unique flora and fauna, especially is “one of seventeen countries
    described as being 'megadiverse'. This group of countries has less than 10% of the global surface, but
    support more than 70% of the biological diversity on earth.”


    At the global level, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, Inger Andersen, kicked off
    2020 as a “Super Year” of significant nature and biodiversity plans, decisions and actions, because, as she
    explained, “we’re losing species at about an average 1000 times the natural extinction rate; ...about a
    million are about to go extinct under the business as usual scenario. And at a time when global
    temperatures have reached all-time highs and our planet seems to be on fire, nature is our biggest ally.”
    At the local level, in February, the FEN Steering Team was well into plans for two key events. The first was
    to be a Public Interfaith Prayer Vigil in Belmore Park in the heart of Sydney on May 28th to coincide with
    the International Day for Biological Diversity and Aboriginal Reconciliation Week. The second was to be a
    Public Forum on September 6th in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Biodiversity to have been held in
    China in October.


    Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and everything changed.


    What hasn’t changed is the need for Biodiversity protection, thus FEN’s need for seeking another way of
    sharing our common concern for earth’s declining biodiversity and our commitment to its preservation.
    The Steering Team is currently seeking advice from media personnel as to how to do this. If you have
    ideas or would like to support us, please contact us at faithecology@gmail.com

     

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    Take Time for Nature: World Environment Day 2020

    Earth is our Common Home. We humans share it with all the other life on our planet. Earth is speaking to us about how we are inhabiting our Common Home. Are we listening? Do we know how to?

    2020 is a time when we have been forced to listen. In Australia with drought, bushfires, floods, rising temperatures, climate change, deforestation, water shortages, biodiversity loss, increasing marine pollution and now the COVID 19 pandemic, she is waking us up to the realisation that we are interconnected and interdependent. Nature may be able to do without we humans, but we certainly can’t do without Mother Nature.  

    Twelve years ago, at a 2008 series of seminars on Earth our Common Home, the Faith Ecology Network (FEN) as a coalition of believers from nine different faith traditions, affirmed that the Earth is sacred and that we are in solidarity with all people concerned for the Earth. We stated: “We recognise that we have failed to care for the Earth in words, attitudes or actions, that our attitudes must change, and it is now time for action. We said: we must create hope founded on guiding principles. To help bring us back to our senses, we need reinvigorated, focused and strong leadership from our all faith communities.”

    Further, we stated: As people of faith, we do not simply despair about the state of the Earth.

    On World Environment Day 2020, the Faith Ecology Network reiterates our 2008 determination.

    This year FEN is focussed on the Wonder of Biodiversity in solidarity with the United Nations Environment Program. As with the UN which has had to postpone its Conference on Biodiversity to have been held in China in October, FEN has had to postpone a Public Prayer Vigil plus a Public Forum. We all share a sense of WONDER at the natural world. The gift of learning from the sciences about the millions of Earth’s known species has enhanced our ability to WONDER at the singularity, complexity, beauty and intricacy of all of the web of life. Australia with its unique flora and fauna, especially is “one of seventeen countries described as being 'megadiverse'. This group of countries has less than 10% of the global surface, but supports more than 70% of the biological diversity on earth.”

    Therefore, we urge those from the many different faith traditions connected with FEN to spend time learning to listen to Mother Nature, to change our attitudes and to take time for action.

    A Suggested Action for you as Individuals as well as for your Faith Communities

    A practical way of growing in Wonder about Biodiversity in your own backyard, local park or place of worship is to join BushBlitz. It is claimed to be Australia’s largest nature discovery project where you can learn about the biodiversity in your own place and maybe even discover something new which you can record on the Living Atlas of Australia.

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