Launched Monday 8 November, a unique new photo exhibition Climate Change and My Religion, explores the ways in which faith informs our thinking about and motivation to act on climate change.
Brent Council brought together a group of 11 religious leaders from the borough’s mosques, churches, synagogues and temples.
Working with local photographer Don Jordan of Powerful Photography, the leaders were encouraged to share their perspectives on the climate emergency. From Imams to Reverends, all shared a belief that looking after the planet is central to their faith. As part of the project, they also pledged to take specific steps to reduce their environmental impact.
The exhibition was part of the Brent Climate Festival (1-12 November), which included an exciting and impactful programme of activities for residents and businesses. The festival aimed to bring multi-national conversations taking place at the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow to life in the diverse community of Brent.
Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Community and culture is at the heart of the Brent Climate Festival. Through the ‘Climate change and my religion’ photo exhibition, we wanted to raise awareness of the climate emergency by connecting it to people’s core faith beliefs and moral principles. It has been an eye opening experience, and one that has brought together faith leaders in a united call for action to save the planet.
“Climate change is an issue that affects each and every one of us. It can seem overwhelming and important messages calling for action can get lost in masses of information that is out there. We hope that this resonates with faith communities and encourages individuals to take pledges of their own, so that together we can reach zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030.”