The event will be held at 16.00-17.30 (Central Indonesia Time; GMT+ 8) on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022.

This session will provide inputs to discuss how faith actors can meaningfully engage in measuring emissions and, more generally, working towards setting science-based targets to respond to challenges related to climate change. It will draw from the experience of the emission survey developed by the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP), the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Through the conversation with discussants and the wider audience, this session will reflect on learning from other related experiences, and on concrete steps that faith actors can take to measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement.


  • Alberto Pallecchi, Acting Director, WRI- Faith & Sustainability Initiative
  • Floyd P. Lawlet, Provincial Secretary of ECP (online)
  • Jodie Salter, JLI Research Advisor (online)


  • Prof Uwe Brandes, Georgetown University, Science-Based Targets for Faith projects (online)
  • Denise Rowley, Church of England, Net Zero Carbon Church Project (online)
  • Dr. Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of Anglican Church of Southern Africa (online)
  • Ali Yusuf, Nahdlatul Ulama and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (online)


This session will contribute to the overarching focus of the Annual Forum by concretely addressing the ways in which faith actors can engage in science-based initiatives to respond to challenges related to climate change. It will do so by presenting the case study of an emission survey developed by ECP, WRI and JLI, and implemented in the Philippines. The design and implementation of the survey, as well as the write-up of the report, were a joint effort by the afore-mentioned organizations, in collaboration with Dr Florencia Pulhin of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The session will therefore also reflect on the challenges and opportunities of partnerships between faith-based, academic and research institutions in this area. The case study will be a starting point for wider discussions with other faith actors, researchers, and practitioners (discussants and the wider audience) on how to learn from different experiences and move towards more meaningful, science-based engagements to address the climate crisis.

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