The third edition of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held 4-17 November 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, hosted by the Christian Conference of Asia. This year, the Eco-School will focus on Asia and therefore only open to Asians. Deadline for applications for WCC Eco-School 2019 for Asia on Water, Food and Climate Justice extended to 31 July 2019.
The WCC Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN), in collaboration with various WCC programmes including the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA), Economic and Ecological Justice, Youth Engagement in the ecumenical movement and Health and Healing programmes, is organising the third edition of the Eco-School for up to 30 young people from Asia to discuss the nexus between Water, Food and Climate Justice.
The WCC Eco-School will be hosted by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) who are also a co-organiser of the event, along with other external partners including the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) Asia Pacific region. The programme was made possible through the financial contributions from the above organisations, particularly through a grant support from InFaith Community Foundation through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
In an ecumenical setting, participants will 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. 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.