Christian youth to be trained for eco-justice

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.