Water, Environment and Climate Action

The PaRD Water, Environment and Climate Action work-stream (WECARE) focuses on Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Life Below Water and Life on Land (SDGs 6, 13, 14 and 15).

The premise of the work-stream is that faith actors and faith-based approaches have an important contribution to make global efforts to reduce, prevent and reverse environmental degradation and to help mitigate the damaging and life-threatening effects of climate change and the environmental crisis, as described in SDGs 6, 13, 14 and 15.

The assumption underlying this premise is that harnessing faith-based approaches and faith actor’s potential will contribute positively to global efforts to address environmental, water and climate issues, and have an impact, in a way that adds unique value and complements non-faith based approaches and secular, or non-faith actor, led engagements.

The purpose of the WECARE work-stream is to:

1. Foster collaboration between PaRD members around SDGs 6, 13, 14, and 15.

2. Enable sharing of knowledge, learning and best practice among members and beyond, in order to facilitate learning and uptake of effective inclusive and faith-based approaches for tackling environment and water related issues.

3. Promote and advocate for the role of faith actors and inclusive and faith-based approaches to addressing environment, water and climate action related challenges, in order for the breadth of knowledge and best.

The work-stream launched a WECARE Resource Catalogue. This is a living document which illustrates knowledge resources from the WECARE work-stream members and PaRD members alike, related to green and blue SDGs (6, 13, 14 and 15). Members willing to contribute resources are welcomed to contact the PaRD Secretariat. In collaboration with Humboldt University Berlin (HU), WECARE co-hosted a Capacity Building Workshop on the topic Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa during the 2020 PaRD Virtual Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members. Building on the findings of the event, the HU will develop a comprehensive report, including research findings as well as policy recommendations, which will be presented to the Annual Forum 2021 in South Africa.

Key events in 2021

• World Water Week (Stockholm, Sweden),

• UN Climate Change Conference COP26 (Glasgow, United Kingdom),

• PaRD Annual Forum and GAM (Cape Town, South Africa)

• Biodiversity COP 15 (Kunming, China)

Work-stream co-leads:

World Evangelical Alliance,

Global One 2015,


UNEP Faith for Earth

World Council of Churches

Work-stream co-leads
Juliane Stork

John S. Mbiti Research Fellow in the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University Berlin.

PaRD's Work-stream Co-Lead

Liu Liu

Strategic Project Manager; Environmental & Economic Sustainability, Tearfund

PaRD's Work-stream Co-Lead

Dinesh Suna

Programme Executive/Coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) at World Council of Churches (WCC)

PaRD's work-stream Co-Lead

Joan Okitoi-Heisig

Project Manager, World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Sustainability Center

PaRD's work-stream Co-Lead