It is increasingly recognised that faith leaders and faith-based organizations (FBOs) are essential contributors towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing environmental and climatic crises. Acknowledging this, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Faith for Earth Initiative to strategically engage with FBOs, mobilise greater faith-inspired environmental action, scale-up faith actors’ capacities and catalyse greater synergies between them and other stakeholders. This short, self-paced, e-learning course, focusing on environmental governance, forms part of this commitment.
The world today faces a triple planetary crisis consisting of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss and pollution and waste. Effective environmental governance is more essential than ever to address the different dimensions of these immense environmental challenges. Good environmental governance requires the active participation of all stakeholders and sectors of society, at all levels and in all countries. This course focuses on the role of faith actors in processes of environmental governance, from local to global levels, and ensuring that the unique qualities, capabilties and perspectives that faith actors bring are increasingly recognised and leveraged.