The World Council of Churches (WCC) has released a collection of curated resources to support churches in their continuous efforts to promote care for young people through intergenerational climate and environmental justice.
This toolkit was funded by the Keeling Curve prize and developed to support the Churches Commitment to Children Initiative.
When it comes to the treatment of children and their involvement in issues that affect their future, the Churches’ Commitments to Children (co-developed by the WCC and UNICEF) serves as guide and a framework for all World Council of Churches member churches. As underlined in the third commitment, “children are more exposed than adults to the impacts of climate change . . . [and] its consequences will be even greater in the lives of future generations, representing a threat to their very survival.”
As well as that, many of the young climate activists around the world come from churches and so this was created to help churches to provide space for the development of solutions and promote the adaptations of our systems with and for children and youth.
This resource invites readers to get informed, get inspired and take action for climate justice.
Get Informed: resources available to educate kids of various age groups about climate change and environmental changes
Get Inspired: presents inspiring initiatives happening around the world, from global movements to church communities and small groups of individuals
Take Action: From small acts to major movements, everyone can do their part to address environmental challenges and promote behaviours and choices that respect creation. Anyone can help to stop global warming.
Climate change affects every aspect of child rights. Only joint efforts at every level will enable us to bend the CO2 emissions curve and protect our planet for future generations. All churches are encouraged to promote education and action to address climate change, reduce CO2 emissions, and protect the environment in their activities for and with children and youth.
Ofa Foiakau is the Field Officer (Central/West), and responsible for youth/high school ministry as a part of the PULSE team.