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Parliament of the World's Religions: Major Speaker Session "Integral Ecology and Justice"

Panelists: Vandana Shiva, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Father Joshtrom Kureethadam (Vatican representative), Ken Kitatani

The Parliament’s Major Speaker sessions are designed to bring well-known leaders into dialogue around pressing global issues. This Major Speaker panel, as part of the Justice track, will be the principal place for discussing the systemic nature of injustice and the challenges and successes involved in addressing it. The world recognizes that religion cannot remain silent about Justice ― the leaders of the world’s religions cannot convene as a Parliament of the World’s Religions without addressing injustice in the world. As Pope Francis states, "We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature." Such is the heart of Integral Ecology. This session will explore the interconnection of environmental and social problems, and the most promising ways religions can work for integral justice.