The Moral Imperative For Climate Action: Religious Perspectives

The Climate Justice Series at Harvard Kennedy School presents the panel “The Moral Imperative For Climate Action: Religious Perspectives“.

  • Time: Thursday April 14th, 6-7 pm (food will be served)
  • Location: Room T-275, Taubman building, Harvard Kennedy School (see directions).
  • Speakers:
    • Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman – A Jewish perspective

      Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Brookline, and on the leadership team of the Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action (MAICCA). She brings a love of music, prayer, social justice, and relationship-building to the Jewish community and beyond. She was ordained by Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and is an alum of Oberlin College, JOIN for Justice, and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Yotam Schachter. For articles, sermons, music & climate work visit

    • Yan Min Aung – A Buddhist perspective

      Native to Myanmar, Yan Min Aung has been working as a national consultant for environmental policy and land policy for Myanmar since 2004.  A holder of a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Bard Center for Environmental Policy, he has been given consulting services to different organizations such as World Food Program, European Union, Asia Development Bank and Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (Myanmar).  His services include economic valuation of ecosystem services of Myanmar forests, contribution in national policies such as Myanmar National Land Use Policy, Myanmar Environmental Quality Guidelines (Industrial Emission), and Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures.

    • Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM – A Christian perspective

      Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY) and a Catholic priest in residence at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, a columnist for America magazine, and will join the faculty of the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago) beginning Fall 2016. He is the author of several books including, most recently, the award-winning The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014); and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation in systematic theology at Boston College titled, Imagining Planetarity: Toward a Postcolonial Franciscan Theology of Creation.
    • [MODERATOR] Tomás Insua

      Tomás is a Fulbright Scholar and Master in Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and co-founder of the HKS Climate Justice Caucus. He is the Global Coordinator and Co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, where he spearheaded the mobilization of almost 1 million Catholics to join the climate movement ahead of COP21. Tomás also served in the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) doing comms and political outreach for the COP21, he worked as a marketeer with Google in Buenos Aires and Singapore, and he co-founded a nonprofit doing social justice work in the slums of Buenos Aires.

Note: the Muslim perspective will be partially covered in our event with Wael Hmaidan the following week (Wael is a drafter and key leader of the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change).

See also: other Climate Justice events.