LWF call for youth-led climate justice projects

16 Apr 2024

Call for proposals for small-scale, youth-led climate projects that can empower young advocates and increase awareness among member churches

LWF is calling for proposals for small-scale, youth-led climate justice projects. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert

LWF is calling for proposals for small-scale, youth-led climate justice projects. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert

Deadline for proposals is 25 May and projects should run from July to October 2024

(LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is calling for proposals for climate projects led by young people in all regions of the global communion of churches. All projects must have the endorsement of an LWF member church and should be rolled out in the period from July to October 2024.

Applicants should be aged between 18 and 30 with the ability to develop and implement their proposed projects in cooperation with members of their congregations or local community by reaching out to schools, youth groups or other student organizations.

The goal is to encourage the inclusion of young people in climate advocacy at local and national levels, as well as increasing awareness among member churches of the need to prioritize climate justice and care of creation. The deadline for applications is 25 May 2004 and the LWF will support successful projects with up to EUR 2,000.

Empowering young climate advocates

LWF Program Executive for Climate Justice, Elena Cedillo, says: “"Our goal is to mobilize the energy and commitment of young people to address one of the most critical issues of our time; your ideas and actions can make a real difference in building a healthier planet for all. We look forward to receiving some creative climate justice project proposals from all regions".

From 2020 to 2023, the LWF has supported youth-led projects from 56 member churches in 43 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Projects have included education and awareness-raising on the impacts of climate change, climate justice advocacy campaigns, tree planting initiatives, beach clean-ups, reducing carbon emissions, promoting climate-friendly attitudes and actions, developing materials on ecotheoly and climate justice, among others.

“Climate justice is a priority advocacy issue for the LWF global communion of churches,” says Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit, Director of the Department for Theology, Mission and Justice. “We earnestly invite everyone to engage in deeper theological reflection intertwined with the strong commitment to care for creation. We also see it as a matter of intergenerational justice where the insights and actions of young people can illuminate our way forward.”