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Time for Living the Change 2018

Local Sustainability Events around the Globe

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the first annual Time for Living the Change! Between October and December 2018, diverse religious and spiritual communities organized more than 100 local sustainability events in 25 countries across 6 continents.

The 2018 Time for Living the Change began as part of our community’s global response to the Special Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on "Global Warming of 1.5ºC", and continued through the opening of the United Nations’ climate change conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

We believe everyone can become part of the solution to climate change, and it will take all of us working together for our shared future. We know what must be done, and we have the ability to start taking action today. We are all environmental stewards, united in the responsibility and the blessing to care for our common home. We feel love and concern for the billions of living beings with whom we share this planet. We have the knowledge and skills to help make a healthier, happier future for all. During the most challenging times, we are reminded how truly we are all in this together.

The Time for Living the Change is an opportunity for us to learn from one another, discuss the benefits of sustainable living, share plant-based meals, and sing and celebrate together. By lifting up people who are already living sustainably, we inspire others to join us. By celebrating with our neighbors, and connecting these local celebrations with others around the world, we make real improvements locally and globally By practicing our faith-based values on an individual level, we are living the change!

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Events

Week of Living the Change

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Commitment

What does it mean to make a change in your own life?
What is easy and rewarding, what is difficult?
How can we support each other in sustainable living?
Take your commitment here well before the event and share about your experiences during the event. Invite others to take a commitment, as well. It is joyful to find solutions for a flourishing world together.

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Celebration

Come around the table to share a meal, break bread together, give praise for what the Earth offers us. The Earth-friendly vegan community meal will be a new and encouraging experience for all. Plan this as a group, discover vegan recipes and local ingredients, and enjoy cooking and eating together. This is an invitation to reflect about our ways of eating, and its impact in the world, and to provide a diversity of opinions and solutions.

Sample Schedule of a local event

Arrival and welcome Introduction to sustainable living and the Time for Living the Change

Commitment: Share about personal commitments (3-5 people describe their commitment and offer a personal testimony about it)

Invite others to make a commitment (for example by distributing pledge cards at the table, or providing a shared blackboard of commitments, etc.)

Spiritual Moment: Give grace, sing a song, or share a moment of silence

Celebration: Eat a vegan meal together

Other Ideas

Prepare a prayer, meditation or worship service that focuses on gratitude, transformation and hope for the future.

Include a time for sharing of personal, encouraging stories of change about sustainable living among the participants.

We encourage each event to read aloud the 2017 Interfaith Statement, and invite participants to add their names to our global call for climate action. Living the Change will present these names to key decision makers at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in September and the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December.

You can as well combine your local event with an excursion or joined action. Here are some ideas: Have a cooking session to prepare the common meal together, collect and distribute vegan recipes during the event, have a bicycle rally to your place of worship, commemorate a local institution’s solar panels, visit a sustainable agriculture farm near you, talk to the local farmers, establish a community garden, or organize a blessing ceremony of electric cars.

Do you have other ideas that should be added here? Please share your suggestions with Living the Change Director Caroline Bader at caroline@greenfaith.org.

The first ever Time for #LivingtheChange is happening now through 2nd December, and I am making a personal commitment to change my behavior for the Earth. Join me and others around the globe in celebrating our #faithfulchoices to live more sustainably: https://livingthechange.net/my-commitment

I am planning a communal #vegan meal to celebrate the Time for #LivingtheChange, a global season of celebration where we will come together and give thanks for what the Earth offers us. Message me for details, or learn how to organize your own local event: https://livingthechange.net/global-week

Celebrate sustainable living with me and other spiritual people around the globe during the first ever Time for #LivingtheChange (7th October - 2nd December)! Find a local event in your community, or learn how to organize your own here: https://livingthechange.net/global-week

In honor of the Earth, our common home, I'm celebrating the first ever Time for #LivingtheChange (between 7th October - 2nd December). Here is my story of change about sustainable living - how I came to make #faithfulchoices for our flourishing world …

Plan an educational or training aspect as part of your event – for example, around the religious values for caring for creation, climate mitigation through sustainable lifestyles at scale, etc. We will brainstorm and workshop more ideas during the upcoming organizers calls.

Invite a local leader to your event, speak about sustainable solutions for your community to the decision-makers, issue a letter to the world’s heads of states before COP24, and develop new opportunities to champion sustainable living. We are all growing this movement together, and we welcome your leadership today and every day!

Call To Action