Young ‘Earthkeepers’ gather ahead of COP22

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SCAP members participate in the Global Climate Walk in Manila last November 2015 (Photo: SCAP)

MANILA, Nov. 5, 2016 – More than 150 youth leaders from all over the Philippines and invited international delegates will gather for the 1st National Earthkeepers (Ek) Summit in Bohol from Nov. 10 to 13, ahead of the talks for the annual Conference of Parties (COP22) in Morocco, also in November.

Using Young Christian Workers’ founder, Cardinal Cardijn’s See-Judge-Act methodology, the EK Summit aims to orient the participants about the adverse effects and impact of climate change in selected exposure sites.

Organized by the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP) in partnership with the Diocese of Tagbilaran, the event, which will be held at the Mascarinas Hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, will offer participants an educational and ecological exposure program that will lead culminate in a call to action. High school and college student leaders will also get to reflect on Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si and propose concrete plans towards a sustainable planet.

Ecological exposure

They will have first-hand interaction with people in affected islands, urban poor communities, relocation sites, communities in danger zones, and fishermen, among others.

Five plenary sessions with invited environmental advocates as speakers and creative workshops were designed to inspire and enable student leaders to propose and to spearhead projects toward sustainable development, and to commit to eco-saving initiatives. These youth leaders are also expected to showcase their talents and skills at the Earthkeepers’ Fair, which will feature art exhibits, public speaking, and presentations showcasing potential projects and concepts that may address environmental issues.

The program shall end with a list of doable resolutions after a series of sessions and workshops involving critical analysis and reflection.

Plenary resource speakers expected to join are:

  • Dr. Maria Noelyn Dano of the FABC-Climate Change Desk
  • Atty. Aaron Pedrosa of Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)
  • Br. Jaazeal “Tagoy” Jakosalem, OAR, recipient of the 1st Al Gore Green Ring Award
  • Fr. John Leydon, MSSC, co founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement Jojo Fung, SJ of the East Asian Pastoral Institute

Positive ‘aftermath’

The Ek Summit will also highlight SCAP’s 80th year anniversary and the Diocese of Tagbilaran’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Year of Foundation.

The Student Catholic Action of the Philippines is a non-stock, non-profit, Catholic student-led organization founded by the Columban Missionaries in 1936. It is currently active in more than 200 secondary and tertiary schools around the country.

To know more about the program and the organization, interested parties may visit SCAP’s official website, www.scaphilippines.org (Frence Boiser / Dana Jane Naval / CBCPNews)

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