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Youth eco-justice efforts expand

Youth eco-justice efforts expand

Youth engagement in eco-justice is expanding in scope and sophistication, says Marcelo Leites, Latin American and Caribbean regional secretary for the World Student Read also: WCC working group plans next steps in climate advocacy WCC’s work for climate justice and care for creation

WCC working group plans next steps in climate advocacy

WCC working group plans next steps in climate advocacy

Fifteen representatives from churches, ecumenical organizations and other partners from Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Pacific came together this week in Crete to assess the work of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on care for creation and climate justice and to strategize for the future. WCC conference probes sustainability crises Time for Creation WCC’s work for climate justice and care for creation WCC’s work on poverty, wealth and ecology

Churches pray and care for creation

Churches pray and care for creation

Every year, from 1 September to 4 October, parishes and congregations in various parts of the world consecrate some time to reflect, celebrate and organize activities in relation to creation.

Altmann affirms signs of hope in the ecumenical movement

Altmann affirms signs of hope in the ecumenical movement

The WCC can be and still is prophetic today,” said the Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, reflecting on highs and lows in the ecumenical movement and on the identity of the WCC. Full text of the moderator's address More information on the Central Committee meeting High resolution photos available via

NECC calling for environmental fact-finding mission to Gaza

NECC calling for environmental fact-finding mission to Gaza

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40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept

40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept

Joakim Book Jonnson, a salesman for a security company and a member of the Church of Sweden, transformed his urban commuter life when he decided to leave, at least temporarily, no ecological footprint. Read also: Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice “Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change” Youth promise active involvement for environmental justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

Rio+20: Some “nuggets” to work with despite disappointment

Rio+20: Some “nuggets” to work with despite disappointment

Many church and civil society representatives have expressed disappointment over the lack of vision and ambition in the outcomes of the Rio+20 summit, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this June. Yet the affirmation of the human right to water and sanitation is one aspect among others in the results that the future work of the ecumenical movement for sustainability and eco-justice can build on. Read more: People of faith in Rio de Janeiro show concern for the earth Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice Rio+20 Post Summit reaction The Future We Want: Outcome document adopted at Rio+20

WCC calls for "madang" programme applications

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has invited applications for workshops, exhibitions and side events for its upcoming 10th Assembly to be held in Busan, Korea. Proposals must be submitted by 31 October 2012. More information on madang programme at the WCC 10th Assembly Official website of the WCC 10th Assembly

Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice

Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice

Raquel Kleber spent an intense week in June at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. In Rio, Kleber, an international affairs student, highlighted the accomplishments of “Criatitude”, a national educational project that encourages Lutheran Christians and others to use “creative attitudes” in promoting sustainability and eco-justice. Images of water justice Read also: “Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change” Youth promise active involvement for environmental justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

Church charities rush aid to flood-damaged Assam state in India

Church charities rush aid to flood-damaged Assam state in India

10 July (ENInews)--Churches and Christian charities have joined the massive relief effort in Assam state in the northeast region of India, which recently experienced a devastating flood that has claimed over 125 lives and left nearly three million people homeless.

Overcoming frustration at Rio+20 through religious commitment and community

Overcoming frustration at Rio+20 through religious commitment and community

World Council of Churches (WCC) participants in the Rio+20 Conference have joined a broad religious coalition in rejecting the official outcome document of the United Nations-sponsored event. Read more: WCC work for climate justice and care for creation Inter-religious statement "Towards Rio+20 and beyond – a turning point in earth history" High resolution photos available via photos.oikoumene.org

People of faith in Rio de Janeiro show concern for the earth

People of faith in Rio de Janeiro show concern for the earth

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has been playing an active role in the two major events that are taking place in Rio from 12 to 23 June: the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, and the People’s Summit. Read more: High resolution photos available via photos.oikoumene.org

Ecumenical leaders push for sustainable future of earth at Rio+20

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit both have pressed for the future sustainability of earth and stronger commitments for ecological justice at Rio+20. Read full message of the Ecumenical Patriarch for Rio+20 Read full message of the WCC general secretary for Rio+20 WCC to highlight ethical perspectives at Rio+20 WCC programme for climate justice

RIO +20: Anglicans take on hunger, climate change and urban violence at the United Nations' Rio +20

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WCC to highlight ethical perspectives at Rio+20

WCC to highlight ethical perspectives at Rio+20

A World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation will take part in the Read also: Churches on the way to Rio+20 More information on Peoples’ Summit at Rio+20 WCC programme for climate justice WCC Ecumenical Water Network

Call for video messages: The Spirituality and Ethics of Water

Call for video messages: The Spirituality and Ethics of Water

Be part of the Rio +20 conference by sending your greetings in a short video! The video messages will be published at the websites of Faiths Without Borders, the United Religions Initiative and the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Selected videos will also be shown at the side event “The Spirituality and Ethics of Water” at the Rio+20 summit. Submission deadline: 6 June 2012 (extended) Join us: video montage How to create your video clip: 1 minute by 6 June 2012

“Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change”

“Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change”

Inspired by participating in the Youth for Eco-Justice training, a joint project of the World Council of Churches (WCC) What is your project and what does it aim to accomplish? Why are campaigns like yours important and how do you see the role of youth in such initiatives? Why do you think climate change is a justice concern? And what is its significance for young people in the churches? How did Youth for Eco-Justice training in Durban inspired your project? Watch video "Live Simply So Others May Simply Live" More information on the WCC and eco-justice

Churches on the way to Rio+20

Churches on the way to Rio+20

Climate justice and the integrity of creation have been of concern to churches around the world. While stakeholders in the debate on climate change will gather at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 this year in June, the World Council of Churches (WCC) hopes for discussions to go beyond the narrow understandings of a green economy and the international framework for sustainable development. Read also: Ethics and human rights focus for Rio+20 Summit Read full blog story about Participate and register for the event Connect the Dots Global Campaign for Climate Action - tcktcktck Time for Creation WCC campaign on climate change

Interfaith perspectives on water and ecology

Interfaith perspectives on water and ecology

International meet on religion and ecology

Ethics and human rights focus for Rio+20 summit

Justice must be the guiding principle for the upcoming summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, church organizations say. WCC addressing the links between justice, peace and integrity of Creation: