First International Symposium on Green Pilgrimage
Jerusalem21-26 April 2013
The unique cross-disciplinary approach adopted by the Green Pilgrimage Network, an initiative backed by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) in 2011, will enable us to learn best practices from historical pilgrim cities and sites all around the world, where the need for sustainable urban development and accessibility are recognized as integral parts of the pilgrimage.
While the GPN provides a meeting ground for both cities and faiths, the case of Jerusalem is unique since, down the ages, Jews, Christians and Muslims from all over the world have made their way to Jerusalem. It is this triple identity that provides a special challenge on the one hand, and a remarkable opportunity on the other. The impact of the network should reach beyond the member cities and sites, appealing to faith leaders and to the pilgrims themselves to integrate green ethical standards into their spiritual experience, and subsequently into their daily lives.