December 12th, 2012


Founder and President, Regeneration Project

Founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

Senior Pastor, First Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco


Religious leaders of all faiths have expressed support for reducing carbon pollution that is heating the sky and hitting the Earth's most vulnerable people.  Pope Benedict XVI, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and many others have spoken about the moral imperative of protecting the Earth's beauty and bounty for future generations. Faith-based communities are also taking action by putting solar panels on the roofs of churches and temples, insulating drafty houses of worship and activating their members. In the room, three religious leaders gave us their point of view.

Reverend Sally Bingham is founder of Interfaith Power and Light, a national advocacy organization. “As a priest, if I’m going to start talking about what humans are doing to the planet...I need scientific backing. I need to be in close communication with the scientific community or I have no business making those remarks,” said Rev. Canon Sally Bingham. 

Leaders from many religious traditions are acting as stewards of creation by powering their congregations with clean energy and encouraging smart policies in their communities. Leaders of this movement contend that all major religions have a mandate to care for creation.

“Being at the top of creation we have a particular responsibility to treat it with respect,” Rabbi Yonatan Neril said.

“Solar panels and solar energy is achievable,” Rev. Don Ng told us.