Faith & Climate Justice Project

The programme aimed to explore how young people from different faiths in Newham can coalesce around a common issue and take social action to mitigate against global warming. We wanted to support and empower 14-16 young volunteers (19-24 years) from a Sixth Form College and pupils from a secondary school in Newham to plan and execute a multi-faith climate justice conference for 60-70 young people (11-16 years) and set up a multi-faith climate justice forum. The participants would work together  to explore how their different faith perspectives will contribute towards  a)actions on social and environmental  justice b) dealing with climate change and c) contribute to community cohesion Participants would be empowered to take on the roles as climate justice facilitators at the youth conference. 

LEARNING METHODOLOGY

  • We provided the group with shared spaces for interaction and social action.
  • We developed structures and processes which supported dialogue and social action.
  • We supported participants to develop confidence and skills to ‘bridge’ and ‘link’.
  • We invited speakers from different faiths to come give us their perspectives on the environment and climate change.
  • We made visits to places of worship to listen to what the faith leaders had to say about the environment and how they were preparing to deal with the threats of global warming.
  • We supported the group to organise a school’s presentation evening for parents, pupils and local people to showcase their learning and to share what they learnt.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Participants learnt that man–made global warming is the biggest threat facing the environment and humanity.
  • All major religions Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and other faiths care about the environment and the people who live in it.
  • All faiths guide us to act responsibly to take actions to protect the environment.
  • By acting together, the planet can be protected using less resources and energy, reducing wastage, reducing poverty and by creating an equitable and fairer world.
  • We have faith to guide us and drive us to do well.
  • We can be good to ourselves, to others and to the planet.
  • We can all do our bit to protect the planet and bring justice and fairness in the world
  • We can lead by example.
  • The project showed that all faiths acting together can protect the planet and this can only be a force for good.

Drama Productions done by the Young People

Tribal Drama Global Energy Drama

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Climate change impact on indigenous communities Corporate Energy Giants Strategy

 

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Year 8 Rokeby students talk about Faith & Climate Justice workshop

WHAT PARTICIPANT'S HAD TO SAY:-

I’ve also learnt that you don’t have to be Christian to help others in need .I’ve know now that we can unite people of faiths and non faiths to act on climate change .I’ve also learnt that Buddhists believe in wholesomeness and mental balance. Protecting the environment is a priority for Buddhist believers’’      Daniel 14 years , Rokeby school.


 ‘’I understand that we need to deal with poverty as part of dealing with climate change. I am now aware that there are many faiths who tackle poverty in poorer countries and they are united on this issue’’ Abdul 14, Rokeby school.


“I’ve learnt how different faiths all have a common purpose and common goals. I’ve also learnt how different faiths deal with conserving and protecting the environments .I am now aware of different ways of getting people together to deal with poverty and ways of reducing climate change’’ Gerri 14, Rokeby School.

 

Community Development Foundation