The fourth edition of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held 18-24 January 2021 in the Pacific region in five countries (Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu & Solomon Islands).
Hosted by the Pacific Conference of Churches, this year the Eco-School will be held in a hybrid format: a mix of online and onsite training. Since the focus will be on the Pacific, the Eco-School this year is open only to applicants from this region.
The deadline for applications is 31 December.
The WCC Ecumenical Water Network (EWN), in collaboration with various WCC programmes including the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Economic and Ecological Justice, Youth Engagement in the Ecumenical Movement, Health and Healing and Indigenous People’s programme (Mission) is organising the fourth edition of the Eco-School for up to 40 young people from the Pacific region.
The Eco-School will be held in two phases. The first phase will train 10 participants from 11-13 November. These trained participants will then join other resource persons and will conduct the Eco-School in the five countries (Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu & Solomon Islands) of the Pacific region.
Grant support for the Eco-School also comes from InFaith Community Foundation USA through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In an ecumenical setting, participants have the opportunity to study the local, regional, and international manifestations and causes of the water crisis and food insecurity as affected by climate change and its impact on the vulnerable communities including the women, children and indigenous communities. They will examine the situation and challenges from a perspective of faith and ethics and search together for possible ecumenical responses to these challenges.
By the end of the Eco-School, participants are expected to be equipped with the tools to enable them to become eco-advocates for a more sustainable and just earth. To this end, they are expected to draw action plans that may be implemented in their communities with the support of the WCC.