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Christian youth to be trained for eco-justice

Youth campaigners at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Photo courtesy of www.oikoumene.org
Young Christians aged 18-30 years are invited to apply for a programme addressing the links between environmental and socio-economic justice which is jointly organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in the context of United Nations climate negotiations in the latter part of 2011.

“Youth for Eco-Justice” is a transformational training programme for young change-makers in churches, faith-based organizations and networks worldwide.

The programme starts with a two-week training and immersion in the context of the international climate change negotiations (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa. The seminar will take place at the Glenmore Pastoral Centre in Durban from 26 November to 10 December 2011. In the months following the seminar the participants will initiate and implement projects in their home countries on a volunteer basis.

The postmark deadline for applications is 15 August.

The WCC has a long tradition of addressing the links between Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Today, this approach is applied and updated in regard to some of the most urgent global challenges by the WCC’s programmatic cluster on eco-justice, consisting of the Ecumenical Water Network, the climate justice campaign and the Poverty, Wealth and Ecology project.

The LWF has recently launched an experiment in global online youth exchange called LWF together – the Earth needs You. It brings together more than 100 youth groups in 45 countries that address eco-justice with concrete activities.

“Youth for Eco-Justice” will also link up with other ecumenical youth networks such as the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe (EYCE). Both the WSCF and the EYCE have recently launched campaigns focusing on environmental justice.

The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

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Photo : Youth campaigners at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Photo courtesy of www.oikoumene.org