10 Spiritual Principles for Climate Repentance

Resources from the Wisdom of Religions

Principle 1:

Creation is not our possession. The human person must recognize this and find his/her rightful place in relation to this fundamental fact. For some of us, this leads to a sense of gratitude for God’s gifts and for the gift of life itself, wherein humanity takes its rightful place as partner and co-creator, in advancing the life of all creation. For others, creation itself is sacred.


Buddhist rendition: The universe is sacred.  The human person recognizes his/her responsibility to love and protect the natural world.


Source 1:

“He is not noble who injures the environment, he is called noble because he is harmless towards the environment.” – Dhammapada, Chapter 29, Verse 15


Source 2:

The Five Buddhist precepts applying to all highlight human responsibility towards the world, all living beings and each other:

  • Refrain from taking life. Not killing any living being. …
  • Refrain from taking what is not given. Not stealing from anyone.
  • Refrain from the misuse of the senses. Not having too much sensual pleasure. …
  • Refrain from wrong speech. …
  • Refrain from intoxicants that cloud the mind.



Source 1: Genesis1:1 and Genesis1:26-27

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness..”


Source 2: Luke  1:46-55

Mary’s Song of Praise

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”




Source 1: Psalm 24, 1-6

A Psalm of David.

The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof;

The world, and they that dwell therein.

For He hath founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the mountain of the LORD?

And who shall stand in His holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart;

Who hath not taken My name in vain,

And hath not sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Such is the generation of them that seek after Him,

That seek Thy face, even Jacob.


Source 2: Bavli Berachot 35a

The Sages taught in a Tosefta: One is forbidden to derive benefit from this world, which is the property of God, without reciting a blessing beforehand. And anyone who derives benefit from this world without a blessing, it is as if he is guilty of misuse of a consecrated object.

Note: Blessings serve as constant reminders of how we are positioned in relation to God the creator. They are recited throughout the day on numerous occasions. One representative benediction, recited prior to an act as basic as sipping water is “Blessed are you, Lord king of the universe, in whose word all was created”.




Source 1: Quran Sura 6 v 102:

Such is Allah, your Lord. There is no god but He, Creator of all things, so worship Him. And He is Trustee of all things.


Source 2: Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric:

The world is in constant praise of God; Creation is one of God’s signs.


Religions of India

Source 1: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 10, Verse 8

अहं सर्वस्य प्रभवो मत्त: सर्वं प्रवर्तते |
इति मत्वा भजन्ते मां बुधा भावसमन्विता: || 8||

ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māṁ budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ

I am the origin of all creation. Everything proceeds from Me. The wise who know this perfectly worship Me with great faith and devotion.


Source 2: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 14, Verse 3-4

मम योनिर्महद् ब्रह्म तस्मिन्गर्भं दधाम्यहम् |
सम्भव: सर्वभूतानां ततो भवति भारत || 3||
सर्वयोनिषु कौन्तेय मूर्तय: सम्भवन्ति या: |
तासां ब्रह्म महद्योनिरहं बीजप्रद: पिता || 4||

mama yonir mahad brahma tasmin garbhaṁ dadhāmy aham
sambhavaḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ tato bhavati bhārata
sarva-yoniṣhu kaunteya mūrtayaḥ sambhavanti yāḥ
tāsāṁ brahma mahad yonir ahaṁ bīja-pradaḥ pitā

The total material substance, prakṛiti, is the womb. I impregnate it with the individual souls, and thus all living beings are born. O son of Kunti, for all species of life that are produced, the material nature is the womb, and I am the seed-giving Father.


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