IRI Brazil showcases Virtual Reality film “Amazonia Viva” at the Vatican
From 21-22 November, the film was showcased at the Vatican along with important staff members of Pope Frances attending the screening, including Monsignor Lucio Ruiz,
IRI Colombia enlists 20 members of Congress to join the Parliamentary Front for the Protection of the Colombian Amazon
On 22 November, IRI Colombia brought together more than 20 members of Congress who joined the Parliamentary Front for the Protection of the Colombian Amazon.
IRI Colombia leaders in Caquetá meet and mobilize for action
On 21 November, in partnership with the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM Colombia) and the National Secretariat of Pastoral Social, IRI Colombia held a meeting of
IRI Brazil further launches “Amazonia Viva” and establishes key partnerships at COP 27
In November, the National Facilitator of IRI Brazil also launched the film at COP27 within the exhibition space of the Consortium of Governors of the
IRI Peru produces videos of religious leaders for COP27
IRI Peru helped coordinate and circulate a series of three videos with prominent religious leaders on forests and climate in advance of the UN Framework
IRI Brazil publicly launches Virtual Reality film “Amazonia Viva” at Rio Innovation Week
The “Amazonia Viva” film, a 9-minute immersive experience into the heart of the Amazon’s Tapajós river region, was publicly launched from November 8th to 11th
They are irreplaceable. Not only do they exhibit creation in its most exquisite beauty, they provide millions of people with food, shelter, livelihoods, medicine and clean water. They are also the best climate solution we have. If protected and restored, rainforests can provide an indispensable contribution to sustainable development. Instead, they are at grave risk.
Extractive industries and land conversion for agricultural products like beef, soy, palm oil, and pulp and paper are driving tropical deforestation. In the last decade alone, an area of forest the size of the United Kingdom, France and Germany combined has been lost forever. This destruction is unnecessary and is undermining efforts by the international community to address climate change, sustainable development and human rights.
A coalition of indigenous peoples, government, business, science, NGO and civil society partners are working to halt deforestation. However, to achieve the speed and scale of change required, we need to bring the moral, ethical and spiritual dimension of humanity to bear more strongly on these efforts.
The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is an international, multi-faith alliance that aims to bring moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to end tropical deforestation. It is a platform for religious leaders to work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, governments, civil society and business on actions that protect rainforests and safeguard those that serve as their guardians.
We focus on three main goals:
Raise awareness of the tropical deforestation crisis by equipping religious leaders with the science, information and tools needed to serve as effective advocates for rainforest protection.
WHERE WE WORK
We work globally and in major rainforest countries to support religious leaders and spiritual communities that are mobilizing to protect rainforests.
We currently work in Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru, which together contain 70% of the world’s remaining tropical forests.
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