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Values and credentials underlying the Program

What values provide the foundation for the GreenFaith Certification Program?

GreenFaith believes that caring for the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. We believe that this imperative is part of all religions, and that it is now being expressed more frequently than in the past.

GreenFaith has three core beliefs which provide the foundation for our religious-environmental mission:

Spirit— We believe that people grow spiritually through a strong relationship with the earth. We also believe that people of faith are called to understand the teachings on the environment in their sacred texts and theologies.
Stewardship— We believe that people of faith have a vital role to play in restoring healthy ecosystems around the world. We also believe that religious institutions can support the widespread adoption of environmentally sustainable consumption habits by ‘greening’ their building operations and by educating and mobilizing their members to do the same.

Justice—we believe that all people deserve a clean, safe environment, regardless of their race or economic status. We know that minority and poor communities suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation. We believe it is the role of religious institutions to advocate for a healthy environment for these communities.
GreenFaith is proud to be an interfaith environmental organization. We appreciate the distinctive witness offered by the world’s great religions, and we believe that people of all religions can work together to build an environmentally sustainable world.

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