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Faith and the Climate Crisis

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People of faith have a unique contribution to offer in the pursuit of climate justice. All faith communities emphasise a deep interconnectedness between nature and the divine, and the importance of compassion for the Earth and all those who live on it.

Host Rosh Lal will be joined by Dr. Shanon Shah, Director at Faith for the Climate, and Jasmine Khatri, Policy at Hindu Climate Action.


Rosh Lal is an activist passionate about building coalitions to achieve climate justice. He holds an MA in International Relations, and has years of experience volunteering with asylum seekers and refugees in his hometown in Sheffield. He founded South Yorkshire’s first community resettlement group in 2020. In his climate activism he has volunteered with Green New Deal UK, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth. He is particularly enthusiastic about culture and music inspiring social change. He joined Faith for the Climate as a Movement Builder in January 2021.


Shanon balanced careers in human rights advocacy, journalism, and theatre and music in his native Malaysia before relocating to London in 2010. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from King’s College London and is a Fellow of the London-based Muslim Institute, contributing regularly to its flagship quarterly publication, Critical Muslim. He also conducts research for the Information Network Focus on Religious Movements (INFORM), an independent educational charity based at King’s College London, and is Tutor in Interfaith Relations at the University of London Worldwide. Shanon became Interim Network Coordinator of Faith for the Climate in March 2020 and was appointed Director in January 2021.

Jasmine is a recent graduate with a passion for environment and climate change policy, both at home and internationally. Now working in policy, she is committed to combining policy and grassroots environmental action.


Naomi is Co-founder of the Young Christian Climate Network. Naomi graduated from Cambridge in 2019 and worked as a youth worker for a year before discovering her life passion in Biblical Studies, which she is currently completing a Master's degree in at Edinburgh University. She grew up going to climate protests before it was cool, and was a founding member of the Young Christian Climate Network, where she became an expert in the art of creating a Google form. She enjoys travelling around Europe by bus (pandemic permitting), singing, and Ancient Greek grammar.

Part of our 2021 festival strand

Acting on Climate Change

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South Yorkshire Climate Alliance

We want to see a thriving, successful climate movement in South Yorkshire, shaping a region where companies, public bodies and individuals urgently make change.

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