On June 18, 2019, JLI held a webinar on Applied Climate and Faith Research. This is the third webinar of a four part series that is structured around the domains in which JLI aims to draw from and have an impact: practice, policy, and academia.

Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research moderated the webinar.


Professor Evan Berry, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University

  • Presentation: Applied Academic Research Faith and Climate [4.15 – 18:15]
  • Contact: evan.berry@asu.edu

Ulil Amri, University of Washington, Indonesian Institute of Sciences

  • Presentation: Pesantren’s religious environmentalism and renewable energy project in Indonesia [19:03 -29:05]

Vanessa Pizer, Senior International Program Officer, International Programs, Episcopal Relief & Development

  • Presentation: Making the most of Research – A focus on partnership, process & learning: Observations from a climate resilience scoping study  [29.50]

Related Resources

Episcopal Relief and Development Tools (below) and Curriculum

Climate Resilience Participatory Learning & Action Tools


Please register for the upcoming webinar on July 23, 2019.



In October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report on Global Warming of 1.5˚C, which is predicted by 2030-2052 which is predicted by 2030-2052. This warming will cause sea level rise, drought, and other effects that will have impacts on people worldwide. The effects will be even more severe if there is global warming of 2˚C. There is an urgent need to curb anthropogenic emissions that are causing these long-lasting effects on the earth’s climate system.

Local faith communities are already heavily impacted by climate change. They are also increasingly involved in the action on climate change, bringing religious motivations to understandings of stewardship and care for our planet. Faith-based NGOs are working to mitigate climate change, help climate change adaptation in communities, and mobilize and faith communities towards advocacy for change, as well as implementing climate-sensitive ways of operating in their humanitarian and development operations. Yet much remains to be done in the humanitarian and development fields where the climate is frequently acknowledged as one of the most pressing issues of our time but little has changed from the status quo.

JLI is an international collaboration committed to convening academics, practitioners, and policymakers to examine the research and evidence on the role of religion in humanitarian and development aid. In the past year, many members have asked us to consider topics such as climate change, climate justice, the environment, and ecology as future interests for a possible Learning Hub.

We recognize that there is already a lot of work and research in the area of faith and climate. We believe that the JLI’s convening mechanisms can offer added value by focusing in on the specific intersections of climate, faith-based international humanitarian and development work, and a focus on research and evidence.

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