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Tuesday 3rd May 2011
With great anticipation, the WWF sponsored a Summit on Religions and Conservation at Windsor Castle. Invited were leaders from the Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, and Taoism. Representing two billion adherents! The Summit was hosted by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband to HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Duke was then international President of WWF.
And wait…there is more… The Windsor Summit was designed as a follow-up meeting to the 1986 gathering of religious leaders at Assisi, Italy, also called by WWF. That gathering, which led to the creation of the Network on Conservation and Religion, was perhaps the first major international interfaith meeting on environmental issues. And then … “But, and this was something we had hoped for but could not plan for, what emerged [in this meeting] quite substantially was also a willingness of the major faiths to work collaboratively on conservation projects, in relation to the major secular institutions we had invited.”
Oh, I forgot to tell you something important. The meeting ended on 4 May, 1995. So tomorrow, or today depending on where you are, is the 16th anniversary of the meeting.
So, what happened? Surely everyone attending had nice meals and accommodations and airline seats, but where are we now? BBC? World Bank? Anyone? It could have been great. It could have meant a lot. At the end of the day more empty promises but full bellies after receptions and a lovely visit to Windsor.
Small picture credit as deserved: http://www.onecountry.org/oc71/oc7101as.html
Posted by Pieter Kat at 15:18
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