• Fletcher Harper
    Fletcher Harper
    GreenFaith, Executive Director

    Fletcher Harper, an Anglican priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, an international, multi-faith, grassroots climate justice organization. A pioneer in the religious-environmental movement, he has led GreenFaith’s development from a local organization based in the US to an international group with campaigns in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Fletcher is an Ashoka Fellow and author of GreenFaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Protect the Planet.

  • Maria Bard
    Maria Bard
    LM Inetrnational, Head of Advocacy Africa

    Maria Bard serves as Head of Advocacy Africa for LM International and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
    She has worked in the faith-based development sector for 20 years within East and Central Africa with a specific focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo where she also served as an advisor for Dr. Denis Mukwege.

  • Meryne Warah
    Meryne Warah
    GreenFaith, Global Director of Organizing

    Meryne Warah is the climate change specialist and serves as Global Director of Organizing of GreenFaith.
    Meryne is a passionate and visionary leader who is on a mission to create a more just and sustainable world. She has over 10 years of experience in managing and implementing projects on gender, environment, and climate change across Africa. She has worked with diverse stakeholders, including inter-religious groups, civil society organizations, government agencies, and international partners, to advocate for policies and practices that promote social and ecological justice.
    Meryne is based in Kenya.

  • Nobuyuki Asai
    Nobuyuki Asai
    Soka Gakkai International, Director for Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Affairs

    Nobuyuki Asai joined Soka Gakkai’s disaster recovery taskforce after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
    For the climate issue he promotes awareness raising activity from the Buddhist perspective.
    He joins the leadership council of Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and serves as a focal of the Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction.
    In 2018 he published a thesis titled “Function of social capital embedded in religious communities at times of disaster: Cases of disaster relief activity by a Muslim community and a Soka Gakkai community in Japan” on Journal of Disaster Research.


Dec 01 2023


10:30 am - 11:30 am

Faith Matters in Achieving the Global Goal on Adaptation – Soka Gakkai International

This session will highlight Faith-Based Organizations’ unique roles in achieving the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) and discuss how FBOs can collaborate with other sectors.

Three FBOs will showcase their relevant activities and a large CSO network will make comments on them. The cases cover both Global North and South.