SEBASTIAN – In a rare historic moment the Temple of Understanding will bring together sixty-six leaders of international interfaith organizations and other eminent visionaries, including Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, to assess the challenges of the present ecological crisis and together co-create a new narrative in how we relate to the earth and its resources.
In addition to issuing a joint statement to Robert C. Orr, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, these international visionaries will commit to taking action both within their communities and on a global scale. They will be invited to form a council for the newly created committee, The Interfaith Consortium for an Ecological Civilization (ICEC), which has been developed by the Temple of Understanding and other organizations in connection with the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Through his key note speech, Van Jones, prominent environmentalist and author of his bestselling book, The Green Collar Economy, will set the stage for a frank, penetrating and informative discussion among the visionary leaders. “Imagine a coalition that unites the best labor and business leaders, social justice activists, environmentalists, intellectuals, students, and more – all sharing the burdens and benefits, risks and rewards of the journey to a green-collar economy.” Van Jones, Environmentalist.
“Juliet, our founder, understood the power of a group for effective action. She would be so proud to see the continuation of her lifelong work to bring people together to create positive change,” said Alison Van Dyk, Executive Director.
The conference is being held at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on October 19 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of The Temple of Understanding.