Wanted: Climate Justice Heroes!

LWF delegation to the COP18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. Photo: LWF/Sidney Traynham
LWF delegation to the COP18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. Photo: LWF/Sidney Traynham

LWF Engages Youth in Climate Game

GENEVA, 19 September 2013 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is responding to the urgent challenge of climate change by engaging and training youth through an online game, “The LWF Journey to Climate Justice.”

On 26 October, youth from member churches, partners and related agencies throughout the Lutheran Communion will have the chance to “journey around the world” discovering the vital work for climate justice that is taking place already, said Caroline Richter, LWF Youth Secretary.

Participants will get to know each other, work together and become “climate heroes” as they learn through various speakers about efforts for climate justice, contribute their own ideas and become active “climate change makers” online and offline, she said.

Participants will compete with each other by answering quiz questions. They also will propose ideas for the LWF delegation to the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change in November, and interact with the ideas of other participants. An online “youth hostel” will offer participants the opportunity to chat.

Keynote speeches and presentations of sixteen projects from around the world will highlight climate activities, including urban gardening, waste management, theology of the marginalized, sustainable city projects, tree planting and climate camps.

Among the speakers will be UN climate experts, interfaith actors and LWF youth climate activists, including those making up the COP 19 delegation.

“The LWF Journey to Climate Justice” is part of an ongoing effort by the LWF Youth Desk to engage young people on climate change using the internet, Richter said.

It is also part of the Department for Mission and Development (DMD) Capacity for Advocacy program, which aims to get member churches engaged in advocacy for justice and human rights alongside ecumenical partners, civil society and the marginalized.  


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