"Churches' Commitments to Children stresses under Commitment 2 that churches will try to make decisions together with children when such decisions have something to do with children’s lives,” said WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Phiri. “This new poster will be very useful for churches' intergenerational efforts for climate justice and for planning activities for children together with children.”
The Cooler Earth poster presents a pathway with three main steps that can help identify climate-safe banks. Several resources are connected that invite young generations to undertake simple actions to hold big banks accountable for climate change.
“The tool we are launching today supports young generations to be protagonists of a world with climate-friendly financial choices,” said Frederique Seidel, WCC programme executive for Child Rights. “All churches and partners are warmly encouraged to use this new resource throughout the year, by incorporating it into curricula and intergenerational initiatives. One upcoming opportunity is World Earth Day on 22 April when the poster can support churches and partners to mark this important day by bringing hope through concrete and simple climate solutions.”
The WCC's Child Rights programme developed two versions of the poster, considering potential dissemination restrictions connected to the COVID-19 pandemic: an online version for sharing on social media channels and a print version for displaying in church buildings, schools, health facilities and other locations.
All the material connected to the Cooler Earth publication was created as a result of the Churches’ Commitments to Children initiative, winner of the Keeling Curve Prize in 2019.