#Youthtakeover for Ecumenical International Youth Day

What is our role as Christians in protecting the environment? As the impact of climate change intensifies over time, children and young people are facing the consequences of our actions. This year, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is organizing an online event to observe Ecumenical International Youth Day as a space for young people to discuss climate change. 

Young people holding up signs, marching for climate justice in 2019

On the streets of New York, in September 2019, some 60,000 young people called on government officials, churches, and the adults in their lives to not just say the right words, but begin a transformation in their daily lives. 



International Youth Day is an intentional and proactive way in which the world acknowledges and celebrates the key contributions of young people in both church and society. The WCC-led event this year with the theme on climate justice, provides a common platform for young people from our member churches and ecumenical partners to take ownership of their space in the ecumenical movement.

A toolkit will be launched and shared as a starting point for member churches and ecumenical partners to explore the theme on climate justice. The hope is that it will spark deeper, more intentional and engaging intergenerational conversations towards our collective active response in addressing climate change as people of faith.

For 2021, young people from member churches and ecumenical partners will take over WCC’s social media to showcase the intersectionality of the climate change theme. 

The WCC is inviting young people to participate and submit materials for a “youthtakeover” to the 12 August programme, including ideas, video greetings, photos, songs, and dances, to youth@wcc-coe.org on or before 31 July.

The Ecumenical International Youth Day will be an online event on 12th August and details to join the event online will be shared closer to the date.

The event will be from 11:00AM-4:00PM CET

Please register here for the event.


Click here for the Ecumenical International Youth Day 2021 Event Toolkit

WCC's work with youth