Over 80% of the world’s human population identify themselves as religious and are strongly influenced by their faith in their attitudes and behavior. The Yale Environmental Training Initiative for Religious Leaders (YETI) has a mission to empower and build the capacity of religious leaders and institutions. In turn, religious leaders are able to make sustainable choices and are equipped to protect the environment, manage natural resources, and strengthen the climate resilience and health of their communities.
YETI is a pilot initiative created by the Sacred Earth Program under the aegis of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) in order to provide environmental training and capacity for religious leaders and communities through direct engagement with students and faculty at Yale University. The initiative works closely with The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, Yale Himalaya Initiative, Yale School of Public Health, and Yale Department of Religious Studies.
The initiative is managed by Dekila Chungyalpa, who created the Sacred Earth Program at the World Wildlife Fund, with Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker, Director of The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, and Dr. Alark Saxena, Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. The advisory council includes Sir Peter Crane, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Dr. Timothy Gregoire, Director of FES Mid-Career Master’s Program; Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood, Yale School of Public Health; and Dr. Andy Quintman, Yale Department of Religious Studies.