With Allah's Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Vice President Al Gore and
Warithudeen Mohammed II
September 21, 2014 - New York, NY
In preparation for the historic emergency UN summit on climate change, The Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed - Mosque Cares along with thousands of people wants to ensure world leaders hear the People's Voice on this important issue.
On Wednesday The Mosque Cares attended an all day interfaith festival which wasthe global kick-off of Ourvoices.net. Ourvoices.net is a global, multi-faith climate campaign. It lifts up the voices of the world's diverse faith communities, and of people of many spiritual backgrounds, to ensure that world leaders hear the moral imperative for a meaningful climate treaty. Ourvoices.net is organized around two simple activities.
1. Through an on-line petition, Ourvoices.net will gather signatures from tens of millions of people worldwide who offer prayers, devotions, and meditations for world leaders to reach a climate deal.
2. As part of the Ourvoices team, Religions for Peace USA will work in collaboration to provide faith communities worldwide with the opportunity to come together in response to climate change. Warithudeen Mohammed II , The Mosque Cares President, is a co-President of Religions For Peace USA.
Thursday - Harlem Breakfast with Vice President Al Gore
The Harlem Clergy Breakfast was held to discuss getting your faith community involved in the People's Climate March. Speakers at this historic gathering included: Vice President Al Gore; Pastor Michael Walrond of First Corinthian Baptist Church; Reverend Que English of New York City Clergy Roundtable; Imam W. Deen Mohammed II of The Mosque Cares; Pastor Robert Waterman of Antioch Baptist Church; Reverend Herbert Daughtry of House of Lord Churches; Dr. Gabriel Salgeuro of National Latino Evangelical Coalition; and Dr. Reverend Raymond Rivera, Latino Pastoral Action Center.
Communities of Color, who are most impacted by Climate Change, should be more vocal about Climate Change solutions and we need to be standing side by side with our allies at the People's Climate March.
During his speech, Warithudeen Mohammed II stated "People of all faiths live in the same world and share the same resources. We will all be impacted by climate change and we are all responsible for working together on solutioning environmental issues. Quoting the Holy Quran "And Allah sends down rain from the skies, and gives therewith life to the earth after its death: verily in this is a Sign for those who listen." [16:65]
The Mosque Cares is working to promote collective grass roots efforts as one way to tackle climate change. Every positive action we take as individuals affects change. Our campaign centers around each one of us reducing our carbon footprint, which collectively equates to reducing devastating impacts to the earth, our planet. Faith and logic tells us to respect the earth. Our livelihood comes from the planet itself, so we should work with nature without causing irreparable damage to it. Get involved and work to improve life." Our TMC Youth In Action team kicked off the "What You Can Do" campaign in support of sustainable living. Each person or family should perform 33 planet sustaining activities by October 30th and post what you are doing using hashtag #TMCYIA
That afternoon the Religions For Peace USA Executive Council Meeting was held atthe Shinnyo-en Buddhist Center. Agenda items included the Peoples Climate March participation and activities as well as the RFPUSA Mission Statement which was developed at the Executive Council summer retreat in early August.
Friday & Saturday - Religions For Earth Conference
More than 200 religious and spiritual leaders from across the world gathered at Union Theological Seminary in New York City for the Religions for the Earth conference. This was no ordinary conference: as the world's political leaders prepare to address an unprecedented moral crisis, Union offered a unique platform for the world's ethical leaders to voice the concerns and commitments of the spiritual and faith traditions. Participants are prepared to use their reach and influence to galvanize faith-based action. This action will be in support of a just climate treaty and the new measures within nations, regions and cultures that will be necessary to support the treaty and protect the most vulnerable among us in this time when profits are prioritized over the wellbeing of people, and the effects of pollution are being felt in extreme weather patterns, exacerbating social instability and a decrease in the quality of food, air and water. Religions for the Earth was hosted in conjunction with The Interfaith Center of New York, GreenFaith, and the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.
Sunday - The People's Climate March
Hundreds of thousands gathered as far as the eye could see and moved through Midtown Manhattan in support of calls to action to address climate change. The People's Climate March represented a broad coalition of ages, races, religions, geographic locales, interests, and positions.
About The Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed - The Mosque Cares
A 501c3 charitable organization founded by Imam W. Deen Mohammmed. Our mission is to serve People, Community, Humanity, and inculcate the high principles and values of the Qur'an and the excellent model of human life, Muhammad The Prophet, (prayers & peace be upon him).