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"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
Native American Proverb


"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and all those who live in it."
Psalm 24:1

"Greater indeed than the creation of humankind is the creation of the heavens and the earth. Yet, most of humanity does not understand."
Qur'an 40:57

"The Holy Blessed One took the first human, and passing before all the trees of the Garden of Eden, said, 'See my works, how fine and excellent they are! All that I created, I created for you. Reflect on this, and do not corrupt or desolate my world; for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.' "
Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13

"The Eternal placed the Human Being in the Garden of Eden to till it and to tend it."
Genesis 2:15

"Ask the animals, and they shall teach you; the birds of the air, and they shall instruct you. Speak to the earth and it shall teach you."
Job 12:7-8

"Faith without action is dead."
James 2:17

"Lord, to those who hunger, give bread. And to those who have bread, give the hunger for justice."
Latin American Prayer

"Tzedek, tzedek tirdof ... Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and dwell in the land that the Eternal your God is giving you."
Deuteronomy 16:20

"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
Rev. William Ellery Channing

"The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness ... are contrary to the order of creation ... The ecological crisis is a moral issue."
Pope John Paul II

"There is enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Before you finish eating breakfast this morning, you've depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured ... We aren't going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of reality."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When you realize you have enough, then you are truly rich."
Tao Teh Ching

"The earth should not be injured, the earth must not be destroyed!"
St. Hildegard of Bingen

"The earth is mother of all that is natural, of all that is human."
St. Hildegard of Bingen

"I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility... It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources and, through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment."
The 14th Dalai Lama

"We, all of us, are being called to do something unprecedented. We are being called to think about 'everything that is,' for we now know that everything is interrelated and that the well-being of each is connected to the well-being of the whole. This suggests a 'planetary agenda' for all the religions, all the various fields of expertise."
Sallie McFague, theologian

"Is not the sky a father, and the earth a mother, and are not all living things with feet and roots their children?"
Black Elk

"We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The 'tide in the affairs of men' does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: Too late."
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
"Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community" (Beacon 1968).




Mass. Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a religious response to climate change. Our mission is to: Assist faith communities, their members and the public to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions & energy costs; educate people on why climate change is a matter of morality and justice; and advocate for policies that will lead to a sustainable future.