Silent Prayer for the Planet by Religious Leaders
aboard the M/S Fram preceding the Symposium ‘Arctic: Mirror of Life’
In September 2007 religious leaders from all around the world and representing many different faiths came together at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a world heritage site since 2004 and one of the most sensitive areas in the face of climate change, to pray in silence for the future of the planet. Following that event the Icefjord Commitment was released by all:
The Icefjord Commitment
Statement by Religious Leaders at Ilulissat, Greenland 7th September 2007
Amidst the wisdom and majesty of water, ice and sunlight, we have each prayed within the realm of our own traditions.
Now we stand side by side in acknowledgement of our responsibility toward God’s Creation.
We recognise the interdependence of all life, that in its many manifestations sustains this planet, and realise our dependence on this myriad of relationships.
We commit ourselves to the simplest acts of love, compassion and gratitude toward the vast web of life.
The Earth is a living entity with incredible healing powers, and we have much to learn. It is the task of our generation to leave this sacred Earth, in all its wisdom and beauty to the generations to come.
Let the work begin.
We make this pledge before the whole of creation.