The Meditation Cards, which are part of the Wisdom Tree in the Faith Pavilion at COP28, share insights and reflections about climate action and care for the Earth from different traditions, including Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous People’s spirituality, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhi.
Spiritual values shape action. Values nourished by the world’s religious, spiritual and Indigenous traditions have been aiding the periodic healing of individuals and communities after cataclysmic disasters like war and pandemics, as well as aiding the continual transformation and maturation of humanity. We recognize that the human-made climate crisis is a crisis of lacking values and virtues: we can see the ubiquity of selfishness, greed, objectification, and domination everywhere, also in the underpinning of the climate crisis.
Nurturing positive, inclusive, healthful spiritual values in ourselves, in our communities is a powerful way to ground our climate action. As an aid to inculcating the values we need, the Faith Pavilion at COP 28 has created a set of Meditation Cards. These Meditation Cards share insights and reflections about climate action and care for the Earth from different traditions, including Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous People’s spirituality, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhi. As this in an ongoing project cards may be added, also from other traditions.
If you are using the digital version of the Meditation Cards, you can respond to the prompt questions by emailing FaithPavilionTree@gmail.com. After COP 28 has concluded, the email responses and the messages written on the leaves of the Wisdom Tree in the Faith Pavilion will be collected and a selection made available publicly. This will serve as a testimony to the capacity of the values of multifaceted traditions to provide the wisdom we need for this urgent moment for Mother Earth. The cards can be used separately or as a complete set, and by individuals or in groups for inspiration and reflections.