Protecting ocean systems and species,
people and cultures,
through faith and science
Why We are Needed
Interfaith Oceans is a multi-religious program to help preserve, conserve, and restore the gifts given to all in the oceans-- the systems, species, and coastal communities. The oceans support all of life on land with oxygen, food, weather, livelihoods, and beauty.
Yet you can see the rising, warming sea levels, acidifying sea water, and rapidly declining marine life. Island and coastal communities are suffering the loss of fisheries, homes, and fresh water, along with devastating storms. . We offer information on the issues, varied religious perspectives (such as Catholic, Protestant, Jewish), and menus for action.
What We Do
What We are Accomplishing
The Religious Declaration of Ocean Emergency outlines the key issues harming ocean peoples, systems, and species, and the issue pages provide nore information. The Interfaith Ocean Ethic offers moral guidance based on shared religious and spiritual principles. You can use the information to talk and listen heart-to-heart with your faith community, prolife advocates, and elected representatives.
Faith communities need to fully understand ocean issues, interconnections, and choices in light of their own religion's teachings, Scriptures, and prophets. Find the posted resources from your faith community or spiritual tradition of the need to care for creation, the poor, and the oceans. Use it for discussion and guide for individual and group actions.
A menu of actions is provided that you and your faith community can choose from. We encourage you to pray together, discuss issues, take actions, support marine protected areas, and get involved in restoration activities and the ocean campaigns of our partners.
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"So what we do to the oceans,
God’s vast blue Creation,
we do to God’s other creations,
including ourselves. . . ."
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew