Green Pilgrimage Network - Assisi 2011
In November 2011 some of those responsible for running pilgrimage sites around the world, and from different faiths, came together in Assisi in Italy to share their plans for making pilgrimage a greener experience. It was run by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation and here is the website for the project.
I wrote an article in The Tablet called Greening the Pilgrim's Way about the event.
Assisi is a beautiful city with a very special atmosphere, it was a fitting host for this meeting green. The meeting began with a beautiful celebration of dance and music from different faiths and I did the reading. Over the following 2 days the delegates then laid out their own plans and shared experiences.
A handbook for pilgrim cities was published and can be downloaded from the ARC site. If you can help make your own local holy site more green and sustainable for pilgrims to visit get in touch with ARC for advice.
Many Heavens - One Earth
Windsor Castle November 2009
In November 2009 I worked with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to organise a magnificent event at Windsor Castle. Faith leaders from 9 of the 11 major faiths come together to present their newly formed long term plans (or 7 Year Plans) to protect the environment. HRH Prince Philip and His Excellency Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki Moon presided over the event.
I wrote an article for The Tablet.
The event included a dramatic presentation of songs, dances and poetry form the faith traditions revealing some of the wisdom held in their beliefs, which was very moving. For photos and films, and for more information of the event see the Windsor 2009 website.
This was the culmination of two years work for me with the Roman Catholic Church working with religious orders and bishops conferences nationally and internationally to form the Catholic plans.
Sound of Many Waters
Clifton Cathedral Sept 2007 - October 2008
The Sound of Many Waters was a year-long series of events that explored the different aspects of our relationship to the natural world through the eyes of faith. For a more detailed account of activities please visit: The Sound of Many Waters website
The Pope and The Iceberg
Clifton Cathedral October 2005
In October 2005 I gave a lecture in Clifton Cathedral. This was the first time I had ever spoken in public but I felt strongly that I wanted to challenge the Catholic Church to take its responsibility towards the earth much more seriously.
The Amazon sits entirely within Catholic countries yet I have never heard the Church speak out to protect it from destruction. The Philippines, Brazil and N America all have huge Catholic populations yet the Church seems silent - or it was then - on what was happening to the rivers, forests and plains.
I was fortunate because of my connection with the BBC Natural History Unit to be able to use some spectacular footage to illustrate my lecture.
The success of this lecture led to the year of environmental events at Clifton called Sound of Many Waters - please visit that page for details.
This series also inspired a series of podcasts on hosted on the Clifton Diocese website, including one on the environment.