Religious and Scientific Leaders Join Hands To Save The World

Posted Sep 13, 2007 by Lenny Stoute
World religious leaders meet at Illulissat Icefjord, the largest glacier in Greenland and now in melt condition, to pray and find ways to energise their followers into helping save the world.
Zen Busshist master Young Ho Lee contemplates the iceberg. RSE
Zen Busshist master Young Ho Lee contemplates the iceberg. RSE
Like a scene out of a Pre-Apocalyptic movie, leaders from the world's major religions convened in Greenland to save the world.
After generations of battling to save men's souls, it's dawned on the wise men that if the planet isn't saved, then they'll be no place to grow souls. And so on.
Religious leaders of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Islamic faiths prayed silently at the mouth of a melting glacier in Greenland for the planet, a plea to humankind to address the impact that humanity is having on life on Earth.
A group of nearly 200 scientists, theologians and government officials sailed into the ice fields of the Illulissat Icefjord, the largest glacier in Greenland that is suffering the most from global warming.
"We're all in awe of this spectacle," said Neal Ascherson, a spokesperson for Religion, Science and the Environment (RSE).
Ascherson spoke to ABC News from the boat while the prayer began. "We're in the engine room of the globe," he said. "This is where the world's climate has been created for thousands of years. And I think everybody is moved by the overwhelming importance and ominousness of what we're seeing.
The RSE is a Greek-based NGO which has been pushing its agenda of a meeting of scientific and religious minds since 1995. Each year the SRE sponsors a symposium bringing together scientists and religious leaders to address major environmental issues, and ways in which humanity can deal with them, Ashcerson said.
The Pope sent a message of support via video from the Vatican.
The polar pilgrimage into the Arctic is part of this year's a week-long symposium.Papal Special Envoy on the ground,Cardinal Thomas McCarrick played media frontman and told ABC News..
"Whatever denomination we are we will try to proclaim loud and clear that we should, we must pay attention to the water resources and climate change," he said.
From the populist viewpoint, it's uplifting to see scientific and religious leaders working together. All too often, the picture' s negative, with the wise guys going head to head on everything from evolution to stem cell research and very little compromise ever on the table.
This new willingness to work together to bring about change in human behavior is unprecedented in recent memory. Symposium organisers are hoping for a consensus on the responsibilities of the different denominations in working for planet preservation.
The Roman Catholic Church has expressed concern with the effects of global warming on the world's poor.
McCarrick will be heading an expedition of religious leaders, including Bishop Sophie Peterson of the Danish National Church, Rabbi Soetendorp from the Netherlands, and senior figures of the Eastern Orthodox and Buddhist faiths, to meet with scientists specializing in climate change. They will also meet with some other specialists in climate change, the indigenous people of Greenland, to gather evidence of the ways in which warming has already impacted their way of life.