Long Island Interfaith Environment Network
There is growing interest among many religious institutions around the world in good stewardship of the planet earth. LIIEN is working to foster this interest on Long Island, to create positive change. Our committee was developed to educate leaders and facility managers about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that they can implement in their places of worship.
1) reduce the negative impact of the house of worship's operations on the environment
2) potentially save money on energy bills
3) provide a role model to encourage congregants/parishioners to take steps to use energy more wisely.
We have expanded to include ways to reduce waste and toxins in and around congregation buildings as well.
Click here to download the LIIEN flyer
The Long Island Interfaith Environment Network is made up of various faiths including representatives from Unitarian, Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Muslim, and Bahai congregations on LI.
Encourage your congregation to participate ~ All Faiths Welcome.
A Growing Movement
Concern for environmental issues, particularly the effects of climate change, is becoming more and more an important issue for people of faith. Organizations around the country are focusing on the intersection of faith and environmental action.
There have been a number of stories in the national press including the New York Times, and PBS's Moyers on America concerning this movement.
Why are Global Warming and Clean Energy Issues of Faith and Morality?
1.) Love God / The Divine -- Stewardship of Creation
2.) Love "neighbors" / fellow humans -- Environmental Justice
Stewardship of Creation
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and all those who live in it." Psalm 24:1
"The Holy Blessed One took the first human, and passing before all the trees of the Garden of Eden, said, ‘See my works, how fine and excellent they are! All that I created, I created for you. Reflect on this, and do not corrupt or desolate my world; for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.' " Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13
"Greater indeed than the creation of humankind is the creation of the heavens and the earth. Yet, most of humanity does not understand." Qur'an 40:57
"The earth should not be injured, the earth must not be destroyed!" St. Hildegard of Bingen
"The earth we inherit is in danger.... As the wonder of nature's integrity has been our delight, so the horror of nature's disintegration now becomes our sorrow."
Rabbi Alexander Schindler, former president of Union of American Hebrew Congregations
"The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness . . . are contrary to the order of creation. . . . The ecological crisis is a moral issue." Pope John Paul II
Environmental Justice: The "Golden Rule" - "Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself." The Prophet Muhammad, 13th of the 40 Hadiths of Nawawi
"In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets." Jesus, Matthew 7:12
"What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it." Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
"Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.1
Low income people and people of color are among the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of global warming & air pollution. Author Ross Gelbspan notes that "Enhanced CO2... will decimate food crop growth in the tropical latitudes where the majority of the world's poorest and hungriest people live."
The Long Island Interfaith Environment Network (LIIEN) committee is made up of members of the following faith organizations: the LI Council of Churches, NY Interfaith Power & Light, the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Molloy College, St. Martin of Tours Outreach, Islamic Center of LI, Sophia Garden/Homecoming, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, and the Community Synagogue in Port Washington.