Titled "Interfaith Feminist Climate Justice for the Human Right to a Healthy Society and Environment,” the panel featured insights from various faith traditions, emphasising the collective responsibility to address the challenges posed by climate change.
Among the panel of experts, Dr Manoj Kurian, coordinator of the WCC Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, delivered a message on the health crisis exacerbated by climate change. "Climate change is having a massive impact on all humanity's nutrition, health, and wellbeing. But the most significant burden is borne by women and girls."
He emphasised that Christians believe all creation is interconnected as one unified body. “Women and girls, who are half of humanity, are suffering disproportionally. In one body, if one part is in distress while another is at ease, it is incorrect to claim that, on average, the entire body is fine! Within the body of Christ, there are no averages. Let us collectively address inequities and alleviate suffering."
Kurian concluded his intervention at the side event with a call for action: “Let us be grateful for the continuing and tremendous contributions of mothers, sisters, and daughters. As communities, societies, and nations, let us increase investments in women's health and build systems that overcome vulnerabilities caused by climate change. Transformation starts with us as individuals and in families."